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IELTS and its Benefits

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What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It’s an English language test for both written and spoken English administered by Cambridge ESOL , The British Council and IDP Australia. The IELTS test is designed for students who want to live or work in an English-speaking country or study at an English-speaking academic institution. It is designed to test a complete range of abilities from beginner to advanced users. There are two versions of the IELTS test: The Academic Module and the General Training Module. The Academic Module is designed for students who want to follow an academic course at university or other higher education institutions. The General Training Module is more suitable for students who want to study at secondary school level or enrol in non-academic training courses.

What are the benefits of taking IELTS?

  • IELTS is recognised by thousands of employers, academic and government institutions in countries all over the world, including America, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. If you want to live, work or study in an English- speaking country then an IELTS qualification can help you.
  • The IELTS test is flexible and suitable for all levels. Study at the level you want to achieve the score you need, whatever your goal: to study at university, get a job or apply for a visa. More than 900,000 people a year use the IELTS test to help them achieve their goals.
  • IELTS focuses on communication in real-life through reading, writing, listening and speaking helping you to use English in real-life situations confidently.

What is the format of the IELTS exam?

There are four papers the IELTS test. All candidates must take the Listening and Speaking papers, candidates must choose between the Academic Reading and Writing papers and the General Reading and Writing papers.

The IELTS test is available as a computer-based test (CBT) as well as the paper-based test. Both exams contain the same questions and are marked to the same criteria so you will achieve the same certificate with either format. However, there are certain benefits to taking the CBT such as, faster and easier access to your results on-line, a set of headphones for the listening section and being able to edit answers on-screen during the test.
Each section makes up 25% of the total mark. Each candidate will receive a test report with a grade between 0 and 9. 0 meaning the candidate did not attempt the test and 9 meaning the candidate is an expert user of English. Most universities in the UK would require an IELTS score of between 6 and 7.

How do I prepare for the IELTS exam?

In addition to following an IELTS course with an English language teacher, it is also useful to take some IELTS practice tests so that you will know what to expect in the real exam. If you practise the different parts of the exam individually and check your scores, you can then see the exam parts which you need to practise most.  Overall scores on practice exams can also help to give you an idea of how you might perform in the real exam.
Interactive practice tests on iTests follow the same format, questions and timing as the real exam so that you get a realistic exam experience.  iTests practice tests are divided into small parts so you can choose which exam parts you need to practise. Your personal score chart shows your performance so you can check your own performance.  There are even some writing questions with automatic marking allowing you to practise for the writing part of the exam and receive your grades immediately.

How do I sign up for IELTS?


 How much does it cost?

IELTS test fees can vary from city to city. To find out more information visit AEO PAKISTAN.

Where can I take IELTS?

You can take the IELTS exam at any authorised IELTS test centre. To find out which centres are IELTS authorised centres visit AEO PAKISTAN.


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AEO Pakistan operates as the official Liaison office for over 40 leading Australian Universities / Institutions and facilitates the enrolment of International students at these Universities / Institutions and is also the IELTS approved test centre.

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