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IELTS which stands for International English Language Testing System, it is a standardized English Language test used by several countries, institutions, and government agencies for determining one’s proficiency in English Language.
Understanding the Concept of IELTS is a better way of preparing for a high band in the ielts test.
The IELTS evaluates your proficiency in; speaking, listening, reading and writing English Language. Interestingly the test taker will take this test within two days-the speaking on the first day and the remaining three (3) papers on the second day.
Components of the IELTS test
The ielts test is categorized into;
- Academic Paper: This IELTS result will be basically use for educational purpose, it is required by English Speaking universities for processing one’s admission.
- General Paper: This is basically used for migration purposes like processing of permanent visa permit, work permit and the likes.
Importantly, it is highly important for you to understand what you intend to use your ielts test certificate for before registration for the test. It should be noted that in the IELTS exam the speaking and listening is usually the same for both the academic and the general while the reading and writing differs.
Mode of the IELTS Test
The IELTS test can be paper base (PB) or computer base (CB), the choice of which to take depends on your convenience.
How are you scored in the IELTS Test?
The IELTS test is scored in bands; firstly, you will be scored individually- Speaking, listening, reading and writing. Thereafter, you will also have an overall Grade. Importantly, you must ensure that you score a high band or what I will render call a sustaining band in all sections of the exam i.e. in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is necessary because regardless of what you score as the overall grade if you fail any of the parts then the result will not be useful. Good and useable grades start from band 7.0 individually then the overall grade should be around 8.0 to band 9.0 which is the highest band.
Days of the test, schedule for the IELTS Test
The IELTS test is usually written within two days, the day one will be for the speaking test, while listening, reading and writing will be done on the second day of the test. Test taker who intend to write the IELTS exam anywhere in Nigeria must have a valid international passport and must present it during the exam.
The first step to take in other to have a high band in IELTS is to believe in your possibility to pass the exam.