EVERYTHING REGARDING IELTS? WHAT IS THE EXAMINATION STYLE LIKE? HOW IS THE ASSESSMENT MADE?
WHAT IS IELTS?
IELTS is an exam organized by the UK-based Cambridge educational institution worldwide, consisting of two basic tests, Academic and General. IELTS is valid internationally and it is organized in various provinces of Turkey 5-6 times a month. The results of this exam, which are valid for 24 months, are announced 2 weeks later.
HOW IS IELTS TAKEN?
In this exam, which lasts about 3 hours, your success in 4 basic abilities is evaluated. These areas are:
Reading, writing and listening parts are held in the same xam session; the speaking part can be held a week later or before the 3 parts.
HOW IS THE IELTS EXAM FORMAT?
In this part, abilities such as understanding the main idea and detailed information, understanding the speaker's views, attitude and purpose, and following the development of the argument are measured.
In the listening session, four different recordings of the speeches of native English speakers are listened and then 40 questions are answered. The IELTS Listening test takes an average of 30 minutes and allows an extra 10 minutes to put your answers on the answer sheet.
The format of the questions is to mark a plan, map or diagram, fill out a form, complete a table or flowchart, provide short answers, and do multiple choice questions. Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Scores from 40 questions are converted to IELTS 9 band scale. Notes are given in full and half points.
The contents of the Reading sections of IELTS Academic and IELTS General Education exams are different.
The IELTS General Reading Exams contain texts taken from books, newspapers, advertisements and magazines, which are the materials that you can encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
In this section, students have a total of 60 minutes. In the General Reading section, which consists of 40 questions, there are tasks such as filling the gaps in the given text or table, matching the titles according to the diagram or diagram, completing sentences, giving short answers to open-ended questions and answering multiple choice questions. Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Scores from 40 questions are converted to IELTS 9 points scale. Notes are given in full and half points.
In the IELTS Academic Reading section, there are three long texts in many genres such as descriptive, factual, discursive and analytical. In this section, in which 40 questions are asked, students have a total of 60 minutes. Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Scores from 40 questions are converted to IELTS 9 points scale. Notes are given in full and half points.
The IELTS Writing exam is prepared for the purposes of properly answering, organizing ideas, and measuring their ability to use correct grammar with a rich vocabulary.
In the IELTS Academic Writing test, students are expected to use an academic language.
Students encounter a graph, table, chart, or diagram in Part 1. They are asked to describe, summarize and explain the information given. They write about a point of view, argument or problem in Part 2. The topic given is interesting and easy to understand.
In this section, which consists of 2 questions, the time given for Part 1 is 20; The time for Part 2 is 40 minutes. Students must write at least 150 words for part 1 and for part 2, they must write at least 250 words.
The writing test is assessed by a certified IELTS expert. The score for Part 2 in the IELTS Writing test is twice the score of Part 1. Scores from 40 questions are converted to IELTS 9 points scale.
In the IELTS General Writing Exam, the student is responsible for general topics.
In Part 1, the students are given a situation and asked to write a letter to ask for information or explain about a situation. A personal, semi-formal or formal style can be used in the letter.
In part 2, students write about a point of view, argument or problem. A very personal style can be used.
The IELTS Writing test consists of 2 questions and takes 60 minutes. You are given 20 minutes for Part 1 and 40 minutes for Part 2.
Students speak to a certified IELTS expert on the IELTS speaking test. In the exam, there is a conversation that can be encountered in real life. Different accents can be used. The exam is recorded.
The content of the Speaking parts of IELTS Academic and IELTS General Education exams is the same.
In Part 1, the examiner introduces herself/himself and asks the student to identify herself and verify his/her identity. He/she asks questions about general topics such as home, family, work, education and hobbies. This section helps the student relax and speak naturally.
In Part 2, the examiner gives the student a task card containing her speech on a particular topic and the points she should include in her speech. Students are given one minute to prepare and take notes. Afterwards, students will be asked to talk about the subject for a minute or two. During this time, the student's speech is not interrupted, so it is important that the student continues to speak. Then the examiner asks the student one or two questions on the same topic.
In Part 3, the examiner asks additional questions related to the topic of Part 2. These questions are prepared to provide the student with the opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.
In the speaking exam, which takes 11-14 minutes, students are evaluated by IELTS experts according to their performance throughout the exam. Four criteria are taken into account, including fluency and consistency, vocabulary, grammar and accuracy, and pronunciation.
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