Better understand IELTS Evaluation
IELTS (International English language Testing System) is managed jointly by IDP: IELTS Australia, British Council and Cambridge IELTS Assessment.
IELTS is a pre-requisite for choosing an overseas study or work destination. Since English is spoken as a primary language across many countries, it is required that any student planning to continue his/her studies abroad or any person planning to apply for work/immigration – should clear this exam as a prelim. This exam is also conducted to test how an individual fairs on the English Language requirements worldwide.
The four modules of IELTS – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking are the four pillars of this paper based test. This test is designed to evaluate the following four criteria –
- Task relevancy
- Lexical Resource
- Coherence and cohesion
- Grammatical Errors
IELTS is a vocabulary test and it can be seen from the structure of the test set. This test is given by the students or individuals to fulfill the basic eligibility of moving abroad. Every country has specific IELTS bands requirements for those who seek admissions in the educational institutions or for those who wish to work or immigrate.
Evaluation happens on a format known as the Band Scale and this scale is measured between zero to nine. You may also get 0.5 score (for example 6.5 or 7.5). You will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and also an overall band score. The overall band score is an average of all skills.
IELTS Preparation and Tips
Individuals usually come across difficulties during the preparation phase of this English Proficiency Test:
- What if I don’t have enough time?
- What if I don’t speak relevant to the topic?
- What if I don’t get ideas to write?
- What if I exceed the word limit?
- What if I misspell the answers?
- What if I miss answers for a specific module?
And many such other thoughts flash across an individual’s mind, who is in the phase of preparation for IELTS. All the above questions can be easily tackled, if an individual is willing to practice with determination. Practice builds up the confidence and teaches how to perform effectively in a time bound environment.
Taking up the modules specifically, those facing issues with reading module can inculcate a routine of reading newspapers or novels to improve vocabulary and sentence formation techniques. To crack the writing module, it’s important to focus on penning down your views in paragraphs. The paragraphs need to be well connected and citing examples is extremely essential. To polish the listening module, practice is definitely the key. However, certain aspects to be looked for are – predict the answer to a question rather than reading all choices upfront; spell check; focus on the whole question; don’t leave blank answers; check for clues in the question. And the speaking module involves giving opinions; talking about likes or dislikes; making comparisons and contrasts. To hike up your speaking score, increase usage of modal verbs and common adverbs; give reasons and talk about consequences; use fillers and explain if you don’t know a particular answer; use variations rather than using repeated vocabulary.