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The purpose behind taking the IELTS TEST is migration or higher education to US, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and other international countries. IELTS provides the test taker, options for studying, employment or immigration purposes. The examination best suited for your immediate need is discussed below.
Before we discuss IELTS, it is better to know WHAT IELTS Test is all about? Who takes International English Language Test System (IELTS) examination. IELTS test is taken by student’s wanting to go to do MS in the US. The popularity is of IELTS examination is so high; it has been taken by more than 2.9 million people last year. Furthermore, it is taken by the individuals who are seeking employment abroad.
Therefore, IELTS is divided into two categories: IELTS General and IELTS Academics. IELTS General is for PR (those who are planning to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK ). IELTS Academic is for the student’s or individuals who are wanting to fly to study in higher education ( graduate or post graduate level ) in overseas colleges or universities. Both IELTS General and Academics test the English language skills in listening, writing, speaking and reading as well. The grades awarded for both are the same.
In IELTS General and IELTS Academics test, both listening and speaking are same, whereas writing and reading are different from each other.
|IELTS General||IELTS Academics|
|Speaking: face to face interview with United discussion on a familiar topic. Duration: 11-14 minutes.||Speaking: face to face interview with United discussion on a familiar topic. Duration: 11-14 minutes.|
|Listening: 4 sections, each with 10 questions. Question 1&2 are on daily social topics. Question 3&4 are on topics related to training and education. Duration: 30 minutes.||Listening: 4 sections, each with 10 questions. Question 1&2 are on daily social topics. Question 3&4 are on topics related to training and education. Duration: 30 minutes.|
|Reading: 5-6 texts that are chosen from advertisements, notices, company handbooks, books and newspapers, official documents. Duration: 60 minutes.||Reading: 3 long texts that are taken from newspapers and magazines, journals, books, which are selected for a non-specialist audience. Duration: 60 minutes.|
|Writing: Write a short essay in (250 words) and (150 words) letter. Semi-formal style. Duration: 60 minutes.||Writing: Write a short essay (250 words), in (150 words) give a description of a chart, table or a diagram. Duration: 60 minutes.|
In Listening section the recordings are different. The General test has scripts for example from TV shows, which are fast to catch up. In Academics test Reading the paragraphs is difficult. However, it all depends from student to student. For some listening could be easy and reading difficult or vice-versa. The main focus is the skill of communication an individual can interpret s per the standard required by the IELTS General and IELTS Academics examination administrative body.
IELTS General Test is much easier than IELTS Academics Test. However, you take the IELTS test according to your requirements. You only need to keep in mind a big score to go overseas for higher education, employment or immigration (permanent residency).