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Introduction to IELTS General


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IELTS General is for the immigration purpose only. If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, then you will have to take IELTS General exam instead of IELTS Academic.


Format of the test:


It consists of 4 sections:



  1. Listening

  2. Reading

  3. Writing

  4. Speaking


Listening:


It is the first module of IELTS exam. In this section, you will hear several recordings which includes sharing instructions, description of a situation, a lecture or a dialogue. Listening module consists of 40 questions and it comprises of 4 sections and questions carry equal marks. The recordings are played for 30 minutes and you’re given 10 minutes to answer the questions on the sheet of paper. Types of questions asked frequently include text completion, matching information, multiple choice, multiple answer, summary completion, form or proforma completion, map completion or matching, matching headings or information or short answers.


At the beginning of the recording, the instructions are given and you will be informed on the types of questions that would be covered in the recording. The recording is played only once therefore, it is very important that you listen to it attentively.


Reading:


The second module of IELTS is reading. During this module, you will be given 60 minutes to answer 40 questions. The 40 questions are distributed across 3 sections. All questions carry equal marks. As you progress towards the test, the difficulty level increases.


In the section 1 of reading module, you will be given 2 to 3 short passages with approximately 14 questions. In the next section, you will be given 1 to 2 work related passages with 13 questions and in the end, you will be given a long passage of whom you’ll be asked to match headings with different paragraphs of the passage usually consisting of 13 to 14 questions.


Question types will include text completion, matching information, multiple choice, multiple answer, summary completion, Form or proforma completion, map completion or matching, matching headings or information or short answers.


In this section, no extra time is given to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.


Writing:


You are given two tasks to write about in 60 minutes.


In task 1, you are required to write a letter on a general topic i.e. write a letter to a friend, landlord, neighbor, restaurant manager etc., which can be formal, informal or semi-formal depending on whom the letter is being written for. You are required to complete this task in 20 minutes.


In task 2, you are asked to provide your opinion about generic statement. In this task, you are also given instructions to cover various topics. You can write in favour or against the topic statement and share your opinion with examples. This task is twice as important as task 1; therefore, you should dedicate twice as time to complete this task.


You are allowed to write with Pencil or ballpoint on the answer sheet during this module.


Speaking:


Speaking is the last module of IELTS exam. Speaking test can be taken on the same day of the written test or three days before or after the written test.


The allocated time for speaking test is 11-14 minutes. The speaking test is comprised of 3 sections. During the speaking session, you will have a live conversation with an English speaker, who will ask questions in the following order.


The first sub-section of speaking is more like an introduction in a casual fashion between candidate and the examiner. The examiner will ask generic questions related to work, life, family, hobbies or any other generic topic. In the 2nd sub-section, you would be given a question on a prompt card and you would be asked to jot down points for one-minute. You would be given a paper and a pencil to write your key points. After one-minutes, you are required to talk continuously for two minutes on the given topic without any interruption. In the last sub-section, you would be asked questions based on your response in the second section of this module. Those questions will test the abstract ideas.