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Study Abroad Entrance Exam for IELTS Studies

IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students who aspire to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is recognised by more than 6000 institutions in over 135 countries. It is widely accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada et al. An IELTS score is imperative to get an Australian student visa for candidates from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and few other countries, as TOEFL is not accepted.

Key Facts:

  • The objective of the test is to assess a candidate’s ability to understand and communicate in English in academic and social contexts. The test comprises of listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.
  • The IELTS test has two versions:
    • The Academic Module – This module is intended for candidates seeking entry to a university or institution of higher education .
    • The General Training Module – This module is intended for students seeking entry to a secondary school or to vocational training courses.
  • The total duration of the test is 2 hours 45 minutes.
  • As a general rule, scores below Band 5 are considered to be too low and above Band 6 are deemed to be adequate to good.
  • The test can be taken up to a maximum of four times in a year, as there must be a gap of at least 90 days between the two tests.
  • The Band score obtained is valid up to two years. While obtaining admission to an educational institute, the latest IELTS score is considered.
  • For information about the exam dates & venues, registration and other details log onto www.ielts.org

Quintessential tips for cracking the IELTS exam:

  • It is better to write in regular, not very sophisticated English, than to use phrases or structures you don’t fully understand.
  • If you are aiming for not more than Band 6, avoid using complex sentence structure. If your want to procure Band 7, then show advanced sentence structure, language and vocabulary.
  • Don’t write more than 260-265 words in IELTS Writing 2 task as it takes more time and more words mean more mistakes.
  • Cover specific points in your essay/letter meticulously as examiners actually count them..
  • Don’t overuse connecting words (like However, Furthermore, Moreover, etc) – examiners are watching for you to do that.
  • When it comes to speaking, try and be superfluous, don’t just answer the question and stop.
  • Display your best English. Behave as if it was a driving test – keep going straight until told to turn right, left or park.
  • Candidates must take the practice test available on the internet, in order to check their level of preparation.
  • Candidates must take the practice test available on the internet, in order to check their level of preparation.
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