HISTORY OF IELTS
IELTS takes us back to the year 1980. when began as a joint venture between The Cambridge English Language Assessment and The British Council. It was in the very same year of 1980, that this one-of-a-kind venture was termed UCLES or University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. Time went by, and now this was the year 1985. Within just 5 years of rolling forward the number of test-takers rose from 4000 in the year 1980 to quite a handsome count of 10,000 in the year 1985. But, with the increase in the test taker’s count, also, arose the most typical and pressing challenges of not only managing but also, organizing the test. To counter these administrative challenges, the ELTS, that is The English Language Testing Standard project was established.
Furthermore, there also developed an acute desideratum or in simpler terms, a pressing requirement of international engagement for the purpose of reconditioning and redesigning the test structure. And, this was the time when IDP (International Development Program ) of Australian Universities, Colleges, and Schools came forward to join hands with the British, and the Cambridge English Language Assessment (also known as ESOL, that is, English For Speakers Of Other Languages). This very fruitful international partnership became IELTS, which went on to start its operations in the year 1989. IELTS has since gone through very significant model alternations in the years 1995, 2001, and 2005 to emerge as what it is today.
THE IELTS TODAY
As per the latest data collected, in the year 2019 alone, there have been over 3 million candidates from more than 140 countries around the globe who have taken the test. This phenomenal statistic significantly makes IELTS one of the world’s most popularly systematized assessments. It is available at over 1,100 test centers internationally and is extensively accepted worldwide by more than 9,000 establishments, such as universities, companies, global executive corporations, and immigration offices.
So, whether you are interested to set an aim for international education, or you want to go for global migration, IELTS undoubtedly is the best choice- a choice that makes the difference.
WHAT IS IELTS ?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. This clearly signifies one thing, as a matter of fact, that it is a test that acknowledges global English, not just British, American, or Australian English for that matter. In addition to this, there is one more peculiar factor that makes IELTS the front runner, it works on a profound system of skill and language alignment. English is a language, whereas communication is a skill. And, the well-designed assessment structure of IELTS judges a candidate’s ability to exhibit the language, which is English, through his/her communication, which is a skill.
IELTS TEST VERSIONS
IELTS has two test versions- IELTS Academic & IELTS General Training. Let’s try to comprehend both of these two test versions in an easier way.
The IELTS Academic test is designed for those candidates who wish to pursue their higher education in an environment where English is the primary source of communication. This test pattern in particular mirrors the key elements of the very academic nature of the language, and also, at the same time gauges, whether or not the candidate is prepared to take up his/her studies or even training in an English-speaking country.
This brings us to the second test version, which is the IELT General Training. This test version helps the candidates to try out their hands in global migration. It is undoubtedly a prerequisite if you want to migrate to countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, and also New Zealand. The structure of the test especially focuses on the very fundamental existence skills in social and employment conditions. So, basically put, the IELTS General Training test is made for those select groups of people who wish to go to the English-speaking countries primarily for work experience or, in a rare case scenario, for training programs as well.
“ IELTS ( ACADEMIC & GENERAL) IS CATEGORIZED INTO TWO PROMINENT SKILL TYPES: RECEPTIVE SKILLS & PRODUCTIVE SKILLS.”
It’s quite a significant statement, that is mentioned above. And, there is a strong reason to mention it. IELTS will evaluate a candidate on receptive as well as productive skills. Receptive basically means, that how much a person is open or approachable, that is to say, how much one can take in and then respond simultaneously, and this skill is judged in the Listening & the Reading section. Whereas, the word productive means efficient. Hence, IELTS will gauge a candidate that how efficient he/she is in responding to the examiner through the tasks given in the Writing & Speaking section.
THE FOUR MODULES
When you give your IELTS test, then you are judged on all the four parts of communication, listening, reading, writing & speaking. And, the reason it is done is that, all these four language skills are important for effective communication. The structure is as follows:
- Listening (40 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
- Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
- Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
- Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
L, R, W will occur on the same day, whereas, speaking will take place either on the same day or 7 days before/after from the L, R, W. The Listening & Speaking will be the same for both Academic & General Training, However, there is a difference in Reading & Writing for both the test versions. So, this was an overview of IELTS. For detailed information on each of the modules kindly hit the required heading.
THE FLI plays an important role in the selection procedure of the IELTS exam. In earlier times the idea of studying abroad brought with it a lot of complexities. However, things have now become a bit simpler where you now need to concentrate on clearing exams like IELTS, GRE, TOEFL, etc.
All these exams are conducted for non-native English speaking countries and are a measure of how well one can cope up with the foreign language. And, to grab your goal perfectly you would need the assistance and support of the best IELTS coaching institute in Hyderabad.
THE FLI, is undoubtedly the right place for you, which works with a very clear vision of the win-win situation for the students. We are physically located at Ameerpet, in Hyderabad, and have been very successful in providing the correct piece of advice to the students and helping them select and secure admissions to the universities of their choice.
Traditional classroom-based learning is definitely a great way to decorate yourself with the right skill set. However, the effectiveness of studying online also leaves no room for any other substitute. In simpler terms, one cannot deny it’s a resounding pattern, which is very popular among students worldwide. Hence, keeping this viewpoint in our mind as one of the top priorities, we have designed our online IELTS course. IELTS is also an online exam and that is the reason why a candidate’s taking this course, which is designed by the dedicated IELTS experts will make it possible for him/her to study in the format that is best suited for the exam structure.
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