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IELTS – All you need to know in 10 questions

1) What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular test of English language proficiency. In 2016, 3 million tests were taken in more than 140 countries

Is IELTS for Study as well as Work?
It measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. There are two versions – academic (for study) and general training (for work)

2) Do I need to take IELTS?

If you want to improve your job prospects, then probably!
IELTS for Study and University
Education institutions – particularly universities – often require proof of English language skills as part of their admission process. And that’s universities worldwide, not just in English speaking countries. However, without a doubt, IELTS is required by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, and over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States,

IELTS for Work and Business
Many employers and government immigration agencies in English speaking countries, now want proof of English language skills and an IELTS score today is almost a universal standard. In the UK, IELTS is the only secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand.

IELTS is also often used to assess candidates applying for work experience and training opportunities in an English-speaking environment

3) Where can I take the Test?

There are presently 1100 locations in 140 countries. So, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a centre near you. Have a look
at the IELTS website

4) Should I study BRITISH ENGLISH or AMERICAN ENGLISH, for the tests?

Actually, IELTS doesn’t want any cultural bias so British, American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand English are all accepted varieties of English. You choose

5) Do I need to attend an official IELTS centre to prepare for the test?

No because there are no “official centres” for preparing for the test. There are official test centres including many language schools (where you take the test) but you can prepare for the test anywhere – including online

6) Can PERFECTLY SPOKEN help prepare me for IELTS?

Yes, we can. All our teachers are very highly experienced and understand the needs of students preparing for iELTS. As a student, you can benefit from our current general English courses and you will improve your English to help you prepare for the tests.
If you follow our courses and do all the task and tests and do the practice as we advise, you will make significant progress
In the coming months, we will be creating and offering more specialist preparation courses as well as exam practice courses, and skills work courses to help

7) What is the format of IELTS?

The test is currently nearly 3 hours long and covers all skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

8) How do I get my IELTS results?

The results are produced in a report that is given to the test takers. The score is given from “0” to “9” (expert user). It is important to note that the score is normally recommended to be valid for a period of up to 2 years.

9) What is a good IELTS Score and What Score Do I Need?

As you can imagine, this depends on where you want to study or work but in most cases when you are applying for study or work purposes, realistically you will need to reach a level of 6.5 /7.0 – so really you need to be able to do our B2 (Upper Intermediate) course comfortably and even better if you take our C1 (Advanced) course

10) IELTS advice?

Like any test, the better prepared you are, the easier the test will be. At Perfectly Spoken we give you lots and lots of opportunities to improve your English and practice so enjoy ALL the lessons from A2, a fabulous review of basic grammar and vocabulary with Natalie, to C1 with Andy with some really testing vocabulary and structures. Also, take the lesson tests, chat with your teacher live on Facebook Live and please take every opportunity to send us your work to review. Start now.