IELTS & PTE
What is IELTS? :- IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test. It is the test that opens doors to a world of academic and professional opportunity in Australia, Canada, NewZealand, the UK, USA and many other places around the world where English is a language in the workplace or the classroom.
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million tests taken in the last year.
You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.
- At the beginning of each section read the questions carefully before the recording starts. This will help you to follow the recording and identify the answers.
- Listen carefully for clues that indicate which stage of the recording you are listening to –for example, words such as ‘firstly’, ‘my next point’, ‘to sum up’. These words will help you identify which question you have reached.
- To improve your performance in the Reading test you need to practise by reading a variety of English texts. This will help you develop the ability to read quickly as required under test conditions.
- The texts included in the Reading test always contain the information you need to answer the question. You won’t have to use your own knowledge of a topic.
- Be careful to use your own words. The examiner will not include words copied from the question in the word count.
- Make your position or point of view as clear as possible in your essay for Academic Writing Task 2. Your last paragraph should be a conclusion which is consistent with the arguments you have included in your essay.
- In the lead up to the Speaking test, make sure you take the time to practise speaking English – with friends, at work and on the phone. You should also consider recording yourself, so that you are more confident when speaking English during your test.
- There are no right or wrong answers in the Speaking test. The examiner will assess you on how well you can express your ideas and opinions in good English.
The Academic and General Training papers are graded to the same scale.
How your overall band score is calculated
Your overall band score is calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally weighted. Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.
- If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5.
- Total score of 25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.
- If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, you would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0.
- Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.
Understand the IELTS test format
- Study the test format to make sure that you know what to expect.
- Look carefully at the content of each part of the IELTS test: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
- Get to know the different types of questions that you may be asked in each part
Recommended preparation activities
- Examine our IELTS practice test papers and answers.
- Take practice tests under timed conditions.
- Practise with the British Council’s IELTS online preparation resources, available free when you book your test with the British Council.
- Buy IELTS self-study books and materials.
- Consider taking an IELTS preparation course with the British Council.
- Review our IELTS test day advice.