Why people take the Academic IELTS and its usefulness:
The Academic IELTS is taken by individuals who plan to study or work in countries where English is the primary language of communication, especially for academic or professional purposes. The test is widely recognized and accepted by educational institutions, professional organizations, and immigration authorities in many countries. Achieving a high score on the Academic IELTS can enhance employment opportunities, enable admission to universities or colleges, and fulfill language requirements for immigration purposes.

Format of the Academic IELTS: The Academic IELTS consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The total test duration is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  • Listening: This section assesses your ability to understand spoken English. It includes four recordings, each followed by a set of questions. You will have time to read the questions before listening to the recordings.
  • Reading: The reading section evaluates your reading skills. It consists of three long passages taken from books, journals, magazines, or newspapers. You will answer a variety of question types, such as multiple-choice, matching, true or false, completing sentences and short answer questions.
  • Writing: In the writing section, you will have two tasks. Task 1 requires you to describe or explain visual information, such as graphs, charts, or diagrams. Task 2 is an essay where you need to express and support your opinion on a given topic.
  • Speaking: The speaking section assesses your ability to communicate verbally. It is a face-to-face interview with an examiner and is divided into three parts. Part 1 involves introductions and general questions, Part 2 requires speaking on a given topic for two minutes, and Part 3 focuses on a more in-depth discussion related to the topic in Part 2.
  1. Grading of the Academic IELTS: Each section of the Academic IELTS is scored on a scale of 0 to 9. The individual scores for the four sections are then averaged to provide an overall band score. Band scores indicate different levels of English proficiency, ranging from non-user (band score 1) to expert (band score 9). Institutions and organizations usually set their own minimum band score requirements for specific programs or positions.

    Most of our students need a B2 (min.5.5), but it depends on the institution to which they are applying.

  2. Important practical information:
  • Test Validity: The Academic IELTS is generally valid for two years from the date of the test. However, some institutions or organizations may have their own validity requirements, so it’s important to check with them for specific information.
  • Computer vs. Paper Test: The Academic IELTS is available in both computer-based and paper-based formats. The content and difficulty level are the same for both formats, but the delivery method differs. The choice between the two formats depends on the test center and individual preference. It’s recommended for test-takers to familiarize themselves with the format they choose through practice tests and sample materials.

In summary, the Academic IELTS is an essential test for non-native English speakers aiming to study or work in English-speaking countries. It assesses listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills and provides an internationally recognized band score. Being familiar with the format and scoring system will help you guide your students effectively in preparing for the test.