International English Language Testing System

This course is provided to enlighten people about IELTS.

Section 1: This section will introduce you to the basic concept and knowledge about IELTS.

What is IELTS?

1. žIELTS stands for International English Language Testing System

ž2. An English proficiency exam jointly owned by British Council, IDP, and Cambridge ESOL Examination

ž3. It costs you around 200 dollar (2.7 million IDR)

ž4. Your result will be valid till 2 years

5. žMainly divided into two modules (Academic & General Training)

6. žYou cannot pass or fail the IELTS examination. Note that you may also need to achieve a minimum score in a particular
Sub-test (often the Writing Sub-test).

ž7. You will be given a mark between 0 and 9 for each of the 4 Sub-tests (there are no half marks in the Writing and Speaking Sub-tests). Your Overall Band Score is an average of the 4 Subtest Band Scores, with fractional scores rounding up or down to the nearest x.0 or x.5 score (with
x.25 and x.75 rounding up.)

ž8. You will usually receive your results within two weeks of the date of your test.

ž9. If you want to take the examination again, you must wait a minimum of three months, yet there is no limit to the number of times you can sit for the IELTS examination.

The Differences between IELTS & TOEFL PBT

1. žOwner - British Council & Cambridge vs ETS

ž2. Section/Sub test - Active & Passive Skills vs Passive Skills

ž3. Your dream country - Mostly UK, Europe, and Australia vs America & Europe

ž4. Question type

ž5. Price

Academic vs General Training Module

1. Academic Module is taken for those who want to continue their study abroad, especially if their first language is not English.

2. General Training is taken for people who wish to work overseas, thus it cannot be used for academic purpose.

3. Both modules cost the same price, yet there are some differences in Reading and Writing Section, while the rests are exactly same.

Listening Section

ž1. The test consists of 4 sections, and you will hear the tape only once. There are 40 questions in total.

2. žžThe Listening Sub-test takes 30 minutes: approximately 20 minutes to listen to the tape

3. The listening passages become more difficult as you progress through the test.

ž4. Your answers need to be legible, that is, they must be able to be read. This applies to all the types of answers you give: letters, numbers and phrases.

Reading Section

1. žThe Reading Sub-test takes 60 minutes and is in 3 sections. There are 3 passages with a combined length of 1500-2500 words and a total of 40 questions.

2. žThe reading passages become more difficult as you progress through the test.

ž3. The passages are taken from journals, magazines, books and newspapers. All the topics are of general interest and are not specialized texts.

4. žYou must write your answers during the Reading Sub-test on the Answer Sheet provided.

Writing Section

1. Last for ž60 minutes (20 minutes for task 1 – 40 minutes for task 2)

2. žUsing formal academic writing style

ž3. Task 1: presenting data – fact (Charts, Maps, Diagram)

4. žTask 2: generating idea – opinion (Discussion, Agreement)

Speaking Section

ž1. Last for 11 – 14 minutes

ž2. Face to face with examiner (mostly native)

3. Assessed by two examiner (direct and indirect)

ž4. Three parts (General – Cue Card – Depth Discussion)