About IELTS

The International English Language Test System or IELTS™ is an international standardized test to show the proficiency of the English Language for non-native English language speakers. Established in 1989, it is jointly managed by the British CouncilIDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTS is one of the major English Language tests in the world along with TOEFL and PTE-A.

Most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions and over 3000 American academic institutions accept the IELTS certification for admission of international students. Every academic institution has different requirements for IELTS scores due to the variation of academic requirement of the courses that the students will apply for.

IELTS™ Overview

  • Tests and recognized the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English
  • Recognized by thousands of international academic institutions worldwide
  • The most widely available academic English-proficiency test in the world
  • A highly reliable measure of English-language proficiency
  • Developed by experts at the Cambridge English Language Assessment
  • Teams are located in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other English-speaking nations.
  • Has been around since 1989

Blue Mountain has well-trained and experienced instructors that will help to be fully prepared to take the IELTS exams. They will make sure to frequently revise, test and guide you through your preparation classes. This is to make sure that you get familiarised with the testing system so that you can attain a good IELTS band score. In getting a good IELTS band score, you can easily apply to the best university/college that seems fitting for your further studies.

Currently, Nepal provides the IELTS™ Academic tests which are conducted in various locations around Kathmandu. The IELTS™ test will be 3 hours long and will consist of Listening, Reading and Writing tests. The Speaking Test is taken separately and this may last from 10 minutes to half an hour. The duration of the test will vary from the individuals conducting the test. You can get the benefit of learning in groups for IELTS preparation classes or you can be a homestay learner on your own. IELTS testing is conducting in the following sections below:

Listening

The listening test module will consist of 4 sections with ten questions in each section. A variety of questionnaires comprised of multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labeling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion will be conducted. Test takers can write their answers on the question paper and will be given 10 minutes after the test to transfer their answers to the answer sheet. Test takers must make sure not to get incorrect spelling and grammar as they will get penalized for it. The recordings are only played once during the testing and will include accents from English-speaking nations like the UK, Australia, etc.

Sections 1 and 2 will play conversations about everyday, social situations.

Section 1 – A conversation between two speakers. For e.g; travel arrangements

Section 2 – A speech given by one person. For e.g; a speech about local facilities

Sections 3 and 4 will play conversations about educational and training situations

Section 3 – A conversation between two main speakers. For e.g; a discussion between two university students, perhaps guided by a tutor

Section 4 – One person speaking about an academic subject

Reading

The Reading test will consist of 3 sections by you will read and answer questions in 3 paragraphs which total texts of 2,150-2,750 words. A variety of question types will appear; multiple choice, identifying information, identifying the writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flowchart completion, diagram label completion and short-answer questions. Test takers will be appointed 20 minutes each for each section and they must be wary of incorrect spelling and grammar. These texts can be derived from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

Writing

The writing test will have two tasks and most must be completed. Test takers will be appointed 20 minutes for the first task and 40 minutes for the second task. They can be penalized if their answers are too short or irrelevant to the topic that they are given. Answers cannot be given in point forms or notes and must be written in full sentences. Your writing responses to both tasks must be in formal style.

Task 1 – Test takers will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your their words. The writing must be at least 150 words in length to get good grading.

Task 2 – Test takers will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. They might be required to present and justify their given opinion, compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications, evaluate and challenge ideas and evidence in an argument, and present a solution to the problem.

Speaking

The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English and it will be a face-to-face interview between a test taker and examiners. It will consist of three consecutive sections.

Section 1 – The examiner will ask test takers general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests and reasons they have for taking IELTS exams. This part lasts between 4-5 minutes.

Section 2  – Test takers will be given a card which asks them to talk about that particular topic. One minute of preparation time is appointed. Then test takers are asked to talk about that topic for at least 2 minutes. After that, the examiner will then ask one or two questions on that same topic.

Section 3 – Test takers will be asked further questions about the topic discussed in Section 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues about that particular topic. This part of the test lasts between 4-5 minutes or longer.

Accepted IELTS Scores

There is no pass or fail appointed for IELTS and is scored on a nine-band scale that corresponds to the competence of English proficiency of the test takers. IELTS score bands are rounded off if they end in .25 or .75 depending on the round off rules of decimal points. In applying for top-ranked universities in the United States, a minimum IELTS score of 7 is required which is quite high. Whereas, other universities in the United States, Australia, UK and New Zealand accept an IELTS score of 6-7.

IELTS Score Score Description
9 Expert User
8 Very Good User
7 Good User
6 Competent User
5 Modest user
4 Limited User
3 Extremely Limited User
2 Intermittent User
1 Non User
0 Did not attempt the test
9 Expert User

The IELTS test Score is valid for the next 2 years and it is accepted in most international universities. You can visit us in hopes of test preparation classes and test booking information. We pledge to give our students the best possible course infrastructure from lessons to mock tests to booking dates for IELTS test.