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Aug 23, 2021

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English Language Proficiency Test designed to assess the language skills of prospective students to study abroad. The primary purpose of the IELTS test is to measure the English Language competency of the students in four basic skills i.e., Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. 

Introduced in the year 1989, the IELTS test has built its reputation, and over 10,000 colleges, agencies, and other institutions in over 140 countries use IELTS scores as a basis for English Language Testing. 

As mentioned on the IELTS website, the number of IELTS tests taken grew to 3.5 million in the span of just one year. This number itself speaks volumes about the importance of the test. The examination is recognized as an entrance test for language proficiency to study at universities located in English-speaking countries. 

In this blog, we are going to discuss various aspects of the IELTS test, right from its paper pattern, preparation strategy to ideal scores, and much more. But let us first know which countries accept the IELTS score. 

Countries Accepting the IELTS Test Scores 

All the English-speaking study overseas destinations accept the IELTS scores and allow international students to study in their country. Here is the list of popular ones: 

  • United States of America 
  • United Kingdom 
  • Canada 
  • New Zealand 
  • Australia 
  • Ireland 
  • France 

The IELTS examination is accepted at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels located at the above-mentioned overseas education destinations.

IELTS Paper Pattern 

Divided into four sections viz, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total time allotted to complete the test is of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The academic IELTS exam pattern is as follows: 

  • Listening: Students are required to listen to the recordings of the native English speakers and then write their answers based on the same. In this section, the number of questions is 40 and the time allotted is of 30 minutes. 
  • Reading: In this section, students will be assessed on their reading skills. They are required to read three different passages and respond to related questions in the span of 60 minutes. The number of questions that will be asked in this section is 40. 
  • Writing: The IELTS Writing section is designed to assess a wide range of writing skills. The time allotted for this section is of 60 minutes wherein students are required to solve two questions. 
  • Speaking: In the speaking section, students are required to converse with the certified examiner, and they are assessed on four criteria like fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammar, and pronunciation. 

The IELTS examination is not that difficult however the questions asked in the examination can be tricky. Hence, it is advisable to appear for mock tests. 

Ideal IELTS Score 

The IELTS scores are calculated on a scale from 1 to 9 and students get a band score for each aforesaid skill. Band 7 to 9 is considered to be an Ideal score that reflects the student’s operational command over the English language. Scores below 5 are not accepted by high-ranked universities however students can get admission in average ranked universities based on these scores. 

IELTS Preparation Strategy 

The IETS test preparation strategy proves to be beneficial as it helps students to score high and ace the IELTS Test. 

Although the test is of medium difficulty level, students are required to know the strategies in order to score well. So, it is always recommended to join an IELTS online coaching or offline classes for preparation. 

The IETS test preparation strategy proves to be beneficial as it helps students to score high and ace the IELTS examination. 

Here is the list of few proven IELTS preparation strategies: 

  • You must familiarize yourself with the test pattern and learn about varied question types on all modules. 
  • You should ensure to get a constant evaluation of your writing and speaking skills. 
  • You should learn to use various sentence structures and lexis in the language appropriately and accurately. 
  • You should brainstorm ideas on various topics and learn to frame those in academic language. 

Being one of the leading study abroad consultants in India, KC Overseas Education has been providing IELTS coaching for more than 2 decades. KC started providing Live Online Coaching for standardized tests since the Pandemic impact which has been a great success. 

Students not only across India but from other South Asian Countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Malaysia have been connecting to us for online coaching and have been on our top scorers’ lists. 

If you are also looking forward to joining online IELTS test preparation, do get in touch with us. Students from any Asian country or other continents can enroll with us for online coaching. 

At KC Overseas Education, we have experienced trainers who will provide you inside tricks and tips to improve your IELTS score. Individual attention is also given to the students. We run regular Online Batches so keep checking our social media handles or our website to get the details of the batch you can join. 

For in-person IELTS coaching in Nagpur, visit our headquarters at Nagpur, Maharashtra. 

We’re just a call or click away. Connect to us for the best IELTS Coaching assistance by industry veterans. 

KC Overseas Education looks forward to assisting you in your study abroad endeavors.

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