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Guide to IELTS

- ■ To learn more, visit https://www.ieltsasia. org/my/ or head to the Study UK education fair on Oct 20 and 21 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

THE Internatio­nal English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the world’s most popular English language proficienc­y tests for higher education and migration.

There are two types of tests: IELTS General Training for those who wish to work in or immigrate to English-speaking countries, and IELTS Academic for undergradu­ate and postgradua­te students, and those who want to join a profession­al organisati­on in an English-speaking country.

What to expect in the IELTS test?

The IELTS test comprises four sections and tests listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The exam rating is divided into nine bands, with one being the lowest and nine the highest. Candidates are given an individual rating for each of the four skills and an average score of these represents their overall band score.

Writing

In the Academic writing test, you are asked to describe a graph, chart or diagram and summarise the informatio­n. For the IELTS General Training test, you are tasked to write a letter to request informatio­n or explain a situation. Task 2 is to write an essay in response to an argument, opinion or problem.

Reading

Both General and Academic Exams have three texts with tasks. In IELTS Academic, the texts are factual, discursive, descriptiv­e or analytical. They may include diagrams, graphs or illustrati­ons. For IELTS General, the first two texts are shorter and factual. The third text is longer on a topic of general interest.

Listening

This component lasts 30 minutes, with an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto an answer sheet. It has four sections that can be dialogues, monologues and conversati­ons. There are a variety of accents and voices, and you only hear the recording once.

Speaking

Here, you are interviewe­d face to face by an IELTS examiner on three sections: short questions, speaking at length on an everyday topic and a discussion.

Taking the test

The British Council IELTS Malaysia offers paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS. Computer-delivered IELTS is offered with a wider choice of test dates and faster results delivery (five to seven days). The paper-based IELTS is offered up to 48 times a year, with the results released 13 days after the test.

Taking IELTS with the British Council is also convenient with 15 test venues nationwide and a simple online registrati­on process.

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The British Council is the leading IELTS provider with the widest test venue coverage in Malaysia.

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