IELTS International English Language Testing System, which assesses the level of English of people who are not native speakers.
There are two versions of the test General and Academic Training.
Academic Version pass those who are going to enter foreign universities, and professionals who want to do practical training in English speaking countries. Test includes passages written in a scientific style, and evaluating whether or not a person will be able to study or to practice abroad.
General IELTS pass those who plan to emigrate, find job abroad or acquire secondary education. The test focuses on key language skills which help people survive in social and working environment.
IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale. The result includes an assessment of Listening; Reading; Writing; Speaking Sections and total score.
Listening and Speaking Sections are equal for both versions General and Academic, but Reading and Writing SSections have different topics.
1) Listening lasts 30 minutes and you need to hear four audio records of native speakers and answer 40 questions about the text.
2) Reading lasts 60 minutes and consists of 40 questions. Academic Reading includes three long texts that can be both descriptive and analytical. General Reading also includes passages from books, magazines, newspapers, but here are the materials that you may come across everyday in English-speaking environment.
3) Writing lasts 60 minutes and it includes two tasks. In Academic Writing you are given a graph, chart or table which you have to describe and explain the data shown there. And the next task- is to write an essay in response to a particular issue or point of view that is covered in the task.You have to write both tasks in the official style.
In General Writing you have to write a letter to ask for information or describe the problem. The letter can be private, official or semiofficial. And the second task is an essay in response to a specific issue or point of view, but the essay may be written in a personal style. Writing Section evaluates your grammar, vocabulary and thestructure of your essay. The first task requires at least 150 words, and the second task requires a response of at least 250 words. This requirement is the same for General and Academic Writing.
4) Speaking Section lasts 11-14 minutes. This section assesses the capacity of person to speak on various topics,his or her pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.