What is IELTS?
1. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System
2. An English proficiency exam jointly owned by British Council, IDP, and Cambridge ESOL Examination
3. It costs you around 200 dollar (2.7 million IDR)
4. Your result will be valid till 2 years
5. Mainly divided into two modules (Academic & General Training)
6. You 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).
7. 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.)
8. You will usually receive your results within two weeks of the date of your test.
9. 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. Owner - British Council & Cambridge vs ETS
2. Section/Sub test - Active & Passive Skills vs Passive Skills
3. Your dream country - Mostly UK, Europe, and Australia vs America & Europe
4. Question type
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.
1. The test consists of 4 sections, and you will hear the tape only once. There are 40 questions in total.
2. The 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.
4. 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.
1. The 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. The reading passages become more difficult as you progress through the test.
3. The passages are taken from journals, magazines, books and newspapers. All the topics are of general interest and are not specialized texts.
4. You must write your answers during the Reading Sub-test on the Answer Sheet provided.
1. Last for 60 minutes (20 minutes for task 1 – 40 minutes for task 2)
2. Using formal academic writing style
3. Task 1: presenting data – fact (Charts, Maps, Diagram)
4. Task 2: generating idea – opinion (Discussion, Agreement)
1. Last for 11 – 14 minutes
2. Face to face with examiner (mostly native)
3. Assessed by two examiner (direct and indirect)
4. Three parts (General – Cue Card – Depth Discussion)