International English Language Testing System is often abbreviated as IELTS. It is an international standardization test of English language proficiency which is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council, and IDP Education Pvt. Ltd. The IELTS Test was established in 1989.
The IELTS test has two versions: the Academic Version and the General Training Version.
The Academic Version is intended for the applicants who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education. This test is also for professionals like medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in English-speaking countries like Australia, British, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
The IELTS Test comprises of 4 Modules- Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Reading and Writing Module differs on whether an applicant chooses the Academic or General Training Version.
Listening: The Listening Module has four sections on a situation accompanied with questions. This section has to be answered in 30 minutes.
Reading: The Reading test in the Academic module consists of three sections with three tests followed by overall 40 questions. The General test however has three sections with shorter texts.
Writing: The Writing Module has two sections. The first section of the Academic Module requires the candidate to describe a diagram or a chart. The General Module requires the candidate to write a letter.
Speaking: This test consists of three sections through which the candidate's ability to speak is tested.
To qualify the IELTS Test, the applicant must score well in all the sections of this test i.e Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
The requirements for IELTS test varies from person to person and his/her capability in the English Language proficiency test. The applicant is rated on a scale of 1-10 in this test, and they are required to score at least a 6 (Band) in order to qualify the IELTS test.
Preparation for IELTS Writing Test requires the applicant to take coaching from any recognized institution wherein experienced teachers and trainers provide them with all the relevant material required for this test. Tricks and techniques are taught so that the candidate answers the questions without consuming much time. However, Internet is also a source for preparing for this test.
To apply for the IELTS Writing test, visit your nearest IELTS centre and fill the IELTS Application Form. Attach all the relevant certificates and documents.
The IELTS Writing Test has fixed only 48 test days and only during these days, the test can be given.
The IELTS Writing Test is ranked in Bands rated on a scale of 1-10. The sections of this test are given points individually, and then averaged to get your overall score. In order to qualify, the candidate must at least score a 6. The results can be checked online.