Alight Education Services – a renowned name in the field of foreign education is speedily moving ahead, to accomplish a new benchmark that is – togive facilitation to our clients/students in the field of IELTS testing. Many know that the IELTS stand for “International English Language Testing System” and successfully passing this test by securing the best marks, means, opening of the gateway for broader national and international opportunities, otherwise any lacking in this field can hinder at any or many stages in the academic life – most particularly during the foreign education.
Amazingly, Alight Education Services – the vendor of British Council Pakistan products—Register the students for the IELTS tests. Now let us give some important insights about the IELTS tests that why IELTS test is being taken, which organization conducts this English language test, and what are the benefits of this course?
Q: Why IELTS test is being taken?
A: The IELTS test is being conducted to judge the skills of English in four areas –Listening, Reading, Writing, & Speaking. The ending test – speaking is conducted by a certified examiner through a face-to-face interview process. Thus IELTS test is absolutely productive and informative for the students, as this test is true-to-life and entirely practical.
Q: Which organization is conducting the IELTS testing?
A: Students are at liberty to register themselves at HS Consultants, as we are working in close partnership with British Council. Students usually face difficulty in finding the date, come across the issue of banking hours, or non-availability of application form, or lacking the material for guiding, and so on, yet we are always available to register for test dates that assists in hassle-free facilitating our clients with complete ease of mind. Alight Education Services Consultants provide one window operation to register in IELTS test
Q: What are the Benefits of IELTS Test?
A: IELTS test provides qualification of command over English to any student during taking admission in any leading foreign college or university – which makes 50 percent work of admission – consider already done. This qualification is recognized by over 6000 institutions and organizations in over 135 countries. The IELTS test qualification gives the command over listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. IELTS result valid for 2 years.
Q: Who are eligible for the IELTS test?
A: The students who are passionately looking ahead to take admission for higher studies for their Foundation, Associate or Bachelor’s Degree & Master’s Degree OR Research Degree they are advised to vitally undergo the IELTS test as that would be a bigger breakthrough during their admission process as well as in their overall professional career and future either.
Documents required registering for IELTS with Alight Education Services Private Limited
Filled IELTS Application form
Copy of Passport or CNIC
3 passport size photograph with any back ground
Pay order payable to “British Council” (Exact amount must be verified by Alight Education Services staff)
5 Steps to register for IELTS date
Select the IELTS dates from given IELTS Calendar OR consult with Alight Education Services Staff for available dates for test
Filled the application form
Provide all mentioned documents
Prepare Pay order payable to “British Council” OR bring cash to our office, Alight Education Services Staff will facilitate to make Pay order without any extra cost OR bank charges
British Council will contact you for the confirmation of Registration of IELTS date through Email
The UK government has announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes
The UK government has announced important changes to language testing for visa applications, reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered.
Q. What is Secure English Language Test (SELT) ?
A. These are the tests approved by Home Office UK, which students can use as evidence of their English Language level. The full list of tests and the scores required to prove students have met each CEFR level are available about Secure English Language Testing for immigration purposes is on the website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english language-tests.
Universities retain their ability to make their own assessment of English Language capability for degree level courses.
IELTS will now have 4 types of IELTS:
IELTS UKVI General Training (for visa application to study in UK).
IELTS UKVI Academic (for visa application to study in UK).
IELTS Academic, (not for visa application to study in UK)
IELTS General Training, (not for visa application to study in UK).
The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an internationally recognized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt. Ltd, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world.
There are two versions of the IELTS:
The Academic Version and the General Training Version:
The Academic Version: Intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations across the world.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from “band 1” (“non-user”) to “band 9” (“expert user”) and each institution sets a different threshold. Band score “0” is in case of absence of a registered candidate. Validity of a test is two years.
A variety of accents and writing styles have been presented in test materials.
IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
Band scores are used for each language skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). The Band Scale ranges from 0 (“A registered candidate was absent or did not attend the test”) to 9 (“Expert User”).
The speaking module is conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview with an examiner. The examiner assesses the candidate as he or she is speaking, but the speaking session is also recorded for monitoring as well as re-marking in case of an appeal against the banding given.
IELTS is developed with input from item writers from around the world. Teams are located in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other English-speaking nations.
IELTS Test Structure
All candidates are tested for four Modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – to obtain a band score All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.
The module comprises four sections of increasing difficulty. It takes 40 minutes: 30 – for testing, plus 10 for transferring the answers to an answer sheet. Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue, begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once. At the end of this section students are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.
In the academic module the reading test comprises three sections, with 3 texts normally followed by 13 or 14 questions for a total of 40 questions overall. The General test also has 3 sections. However the texts are shorter, so there can be up to 5 texts to read.
In the Academic module, there are two tasks: in Task 1 candidates describe a diagram, graph, process or chart, and in Task 2 they respond to an argument. In the General Training module, there are also two tasks: in Task 1 candidates write a letter or explain a situation, and in Task 2 they write an essay.
The speaking test contains three sections. The first section takes the form of an interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the internet or family. In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract, and is usually considered the most difficult.
Duration OF IELTS Test
The total test duration is around 2 hours and 45 minutes for Listening, Reading and Writing modules.
Listening: 40 minutes: 30 minutes for which a recording is played centrally and additional 10 minutes for transferring answers onto the answer sheet.
Reading: 60 minutes.
Writing: 60 minutes.
Speaking: 11–15 minutes.
The first three modules – Listening, Reading and Writing (always in that order) – are completed in one day, and in fact are taken with no break in between. The Speaking Module may be takenin the period seven days before or after the other Modules.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.
IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest half band.
The following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.
The nine bands are described as follows:
9 Expert User Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User Has full operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriateness. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriancies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations.
2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulate in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs.
1 Did not attempt the test Can’t be assessed, did not attempt, registered candidate absent.