IELTS Frequently Asked Questions

 IELTS Test Information

What does IELTS mean? Answer

IELTS stands for: International English Language Testing System.

How many skills are tested in the IELTS test? Answer

There are 4 skills tested: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Does the IELTS test accept American English? Answer

Yes, it does. It is an international test of English. However, most examiners in speaking are English or Australian and may not be familiar with very modern American terms.

Which skills do I take on the same day? Answer

Listening, reading and writing are all taken on the same day. The speaking test can be taken either before, after or on the same day as the other skills.

Is there a break between the reading and writing test? Answer

No, there is no break between the listening, reading and writing test. They are all taken together and take a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes. So, make sure you eat and drink well before you take your test

Can I use a pen in my IELTS Test? Answer

Yes, you can use a pen or pencil for your IELTS writing test. However, for your listening and reading test, you must use a pencil (don’t forget to take an eraser with you).

Test Results Information

How long does it take for my test results to arrive? Answer

Your results will be posted to you 13 days after you have taken your test. It is possible to get your results by sms or online at some test centers. Contact them to find out.

How long are my IELTS results valid? Answer

Your IELTS results are valid for 2 years.

How can I find my score for listening and reading? Answer

Here is a list of band scores for both listening and academic reading (they may vary so click here for the official scoring)

  • band score 6 = 23 correct answers out of 40
  • band score 7 = 30 correct answers out of 40
  • band score 8 = 35 correct answers out of 40

Can I get my IELTS test remarked? Answers

Yes, you can. In 2014, it costs around 100 usd to get your test remarked. It is the same price for all 4 skills or just one. You should contact your local IELTS test center to get the form for remarking.If your results change and your band score goes up, you will get your money refunded.

You have 6 weeks after taking your test to get your test remarked. Your test will be remarked by a different examiner. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the results of your remark to arrive. Alternatively, you could take your test again.

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Common English Tenses

Below is a list of common tenses that we use in English  as well as sentences in different tenses. Can you match the tenses with the sentences?

Tenses

  1. Present Simple
  2. Past Continuous
  3. Present Perfect
  4. Present Perfect Continuous
  5. Passive Voice
  6. First Conditional
  7. Second Conditional
  8. Third Conditional

Sentences

A.  If I had known there was going to be a storm, I would have stayed at home.

B.  The book was written by an unknown author.

C.  My favourite time of the year is summer.

D.  I’ve been learning English for over 10 years.

E.  If schools have more sports lessons, children will become healthier as a result of the exercise.

F.  The government has spent a lot of money on improving traffic safety.

G.  He was teaching a lesson on the language acquisition of children.

H.  If people ate a healthier diet, their health would improve as a result.

IELTS Tips

For a band score 6 and above, you should try to use at least 5 different tenses in both your IELTS speaking test and your IELTS writing test.

Answers (click below for answers)

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Answers to today’s lesson

The answers have already been posted in the lesson. Please take a look: Paraphrasing Practice

 

 

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