Things You Need to Know About the IELTS

Many Filipinos have already taken the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination for their visa applications in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. These countries require the IELTS to ensure that any non-native English speaker applicants can be productive and successful in terms of communicating with others.

Filipinos choose to take review classes to know more about the IELTS. Some start off by searching information online. Others gather information through IELTS agencies near their areas. Further, IELTS review centers are also a good source for information about the IELTS. Here are some things you need to know about the IELTS examination.
IELTS candidates have to choose between two modules of this examination – the Academic and the General Training module. Candidates who take the IELTS have the same listening and speaking content on both modules, but the content for the reading and writing are different. People who are taking the Academic module are those who are pursuing a post-graduate course or work while the General Training is for those who are going to join secondary education and training programs. Candidates have to confirm to their agency or employers which module they have to take.
There are four different sections in the IELTS test.
1. Speaking – This is a one-on-one interview with a native English speaker. The test can be completed for about ten to fifteen minutes. The examiner will ask basic questions about the examinee’s background, hobbies, educational background or simply topics that are familiar to the examinee. Candidates are expected to be fluent and very interactive during the interview.
2. Listening – The listening test is good for thirty minutes. Examinees will be listening to conversations and questions will be based on these dialogues. A good listening skill, partnered with note-taking skills, is beneficial.
3. Reading – The reading test is to be completed in one hour. There are forty questions from three different texts. The skills of skimming and scanning come in handy for this part of the exam.
4. Writing – The writing is completed in one hour. For the Academic module, examinees have to write an essay based on a data given or a diagram. In the General Training, they are expected to write a letter based on a given situation. Vocabulary, grammar, and sentence construction are evaluated in this part of the exam.
How to Register for the Exam
There are two authorized agencies that deliver the IELTS test in the Philippines – the IDP and British Council. Registering for both can be done online or with the help of IELTS review centers. Applicants should remember to have the following documents upon registration:
• A complete registration form
• A valid ID (passport or any government issued ID)
• 2 pieces of 2×2 photographs
• Softcopy of the valid ID and the photographs.
How to Get Ready for the Test
Hitting the target score is important for the test. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the exam:
• Read a lot. Reading improves your vocabulary and develops the love for reading which you really need in the IELTS reading section.
• Listen to native English speakers talk. Watch videos on Youtube or even movies that use different English accents like American, Australian and British accents.
• Keep a diary. Through this, you will be able to improve your writing skills.
• Use English as much as possible. Take advantage of situations where you can practice speaking English. It will be much better to have a speaking partner to develop our confidence in using the language.
• If you are not satisfied with you progress, enroll in an IELTS review center. The instructors will help you build your English skills and make them IELTS ready.
For more information about the test, visit the nearest IELTS review center near your city.

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