About The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS is by far the most widely taken test of English language for the purpose of getting admission to universities around the world including in Australia, the U.K and Canada. According to the IELTS official website, more than three million test takers sat for the exam last year. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP Education Australia and the University of Cambridge. There are two versions of the IELTS test – Academic and general. Prospective students take academic tests, whereas those who are applying for permanent or temporary immigration mostly opt for the general test. Following are the features of the IELTS test:
- There are four language skills assessed in IELTS. Test takers sit for the listening, reading and writing exams on the same day, which last for approximately 2 hours 40 minutes, including 1 hour each of reading and writing and 40 minutes of listening. Speaking test is conducted face-to-face mostly on a separate day and lasts for around 11 to 14 minutes.
- In Nepal, the test is conducted by either the British Council or IDP. Students have the option to take the test in one of the several test centers that are in Kathmandu or in other major cities of Nepal.
- IELTS has until recently been a completely paper based test. However, in 2016 IELTS introduced the computer delivered version. The format of the test remains the same, except test takers sit in front of a computer to take the writing, reading and the listening tests instead of using paper and pencil. Spoken test, as usual, is given by a certified IELTS examiner in both versions of the test.
- In case of the paper based test, it takes 13 days after the date of the exam for candidates to get the results. This time is reduced to 5 to 7 days in case of a computer delivered test. Candidates will also have more flexibility in terms of choosing their desired test times and there is also increased availability of test dates in the computer delivered version of the test.
- IELTS is globally recognized by universities around the world and also by governments for immigration purpose.
Test takers are assigned an individual band score of 0 to 9 on each skill. The four individual scores are then averaged to calculate the overall IELTS band score. For example, if a student gets a 7 in listening, 7.5 in reading, 7 in speaking and 6.5 in writing, the overall band score of the student will be 7.
Why you should choose LANDMARK Education for IELTS class
- We have a roster of highly experienced CELTA certified teachers who are deeply passionate about teaching and take a personal interest in students’ progress.
- We employ the most up-to-date curriculum and effective techniques/strategies to tackle the questions asked in IELTS.
- Our class sizes are small (10-15 max), which afford us the ability to give personalized attention to our students. Students can have several one-on-one sessions with the instructor to discuss their personal improvement and ask for feedback.
- Classes are conducted at various times in the morning and afternoon giving students a wide variety of time slots to choose from.
- Classes follow a completely learner-centered and task-based approach, as we believe that practice is the key to scoring well on IELTS.
- Students can take a mock-test to evaluate themselves before the beginning of the course. Such tests are regularly conducted afterwards throughout the course so that students can objectively measure their improvement and also get feedback from the instructor.
- Because of the flexibility we provide, if they so require students can continue taking classes even after the completion of the course duration.
- We understand that ‘writing’ is the skill that most students struggle in. Therefore, in our course we put a special emphasis and devote substantial time in improving this particular skill.