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We at Pathway International have now started English Language coaching for those who require delicate attention on English Language and are not confident to take up IELTS. For this we have registered with the Oxford University Press to enable students to do the Oxford English Test online. This coaching acts as a base to get good grades at the IELTS for which training is done by our qualified and experienced lecturer. For more details about this you can visit – oxfordenglishtesting

IELTS Test Knowledge – Basic Info

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). This is important to understand in order to prepare for what is essentially an examination of British and not American English.

Many students who have prepared for or appeared for the TOEFL iBT are surprised when they face difficulties understanding accents and expressions used by British speakers in the IELTS. This is why thorough preparation, at a language school or through self-study, is so essential for success in this exam.

IELTS – General & Academic

The first question to ask when you find out you have to take the IELTS exam is:

“Which version of the IELTS should I take? The Academic or the General Version?”

This is important because the scores arenot interchangeable so there is no point in studying for or appearing for the wrong exam! We strongly encourage you to find out specifically, in your case, which version of the exam you need to do, based on the requirements of your receiving institution.

The Academic IELTS exam is the more advanced test. This version is generally used to determine whether candidates are qualified to enroll in undergraduate and graduate academic programs where English is the medium of instruction.

The General IELTS exam is the simpler test. It focuses on basic survival skills in social and educational contexts. It is generally requested for candidates applying for immigration, working in certain professions, or studying at a non-degree level.

IELTS Scoring

The IELTS exam tests your ability to communicate in English. The way to higher IELTS scores is three-fold:

    • understand the test format
    • develop the primary and supporting language skills required in the exam
    • implement specific strategies, techniques and tricks to earn extra marks in the speaking and writing sections where there is scope to receive extra points, versus the all or no points option in the reading and listening section.

IELTS scores are expressed in terms of bands of language ability, with full and half band scores given for each section. The highest score you can receive is a Band 9, which represents Expert User. General descriptions of other band scores are given below. For a more detailed description of band scores, please refer to the official IELTS website.

You receive separate scores in each of the four modules – listening, reading, writing and speaking – and a fifth score, which is your overall score. Some institutions are only concerned with your overall score, while others require specific scores in the separate modules, along with a certain overall score.

Band 9 Expert User

Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8 Very Good User

Has full operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies .

Band 7 Good User

Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, and misunderstandings in some situations. 

Band 6 Competent User

Has general effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, and misunderstandings

Band 5 Modest User

Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes.

Band 4 Limited User

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is unable to use complex language.

Band 3 Extremently Limited User

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2 Intermittent User

No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1 Non User

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0

Did not attempt the exam.