IELTS or International English Language Testing System is an international standardized English test covering all 4 skills ; listening, speaking, reading, and writing with the score between 1 and 9 which 1 means a person has no ability to use English and 9 means a person can use English very well. Today, there are many purposes of taking IELTS test such as for applying jobs and applying for further studies and people usually take Academic and General IELTS for these purposes. However, there are IELTS UKVI which is a test for UK visa application and IELTS life skills which for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1. Among those IELTS types, we are going to talk about Academic IELTS.
How different when taking IELTS at British council and IDP ?
There are two main IELTS test centers in Thailand which are British council and IDP. Many people are still confused the differences between these two centers. Today, we are going to clarify these differences.
|Topic||IELTS British Council||IELTS IDP|
|Test facilitator||Representative from the UK||Representative for Australia|
(BTS NANA station)
(BTS Saladaeng Station)
For IELTS UKVI, the test will be held at Pullman Sukhumvit hotel.
|Listening Test gadget||Private headset||Wireless private headset|
With left time graph shown
|Speaking Test place||Landmark Hotel
|– Some people may have to move to 4th at CP Tower
– For IELTS UKVI , there is nothing changed.
|Score Report||– Post mail
– by yourself at British council Siam Square
|– Post mail
– Free SMS
– by yourself at IDP office CP Tower 4th floor
|Stationery||Already prepared by the test center and return after the test is finished.||Already prepared by the test center and can no need to return.|
|Important documents on Test date||Copy of Identification card or passport||Identification card or passport|
British Council and IDP use the same test copy so you can be sure that the test will be the same and the score from both British Council and IDP can be used worldwide.
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IELTS Registration Process
Before registration, IELTS test takers should prepare all necessary documents to be used in registration process as the system will limit the registration time only 20-30 minutes. You must prepare Identification card or passport, credit card or you can choose other payment methods. If you have already prepared them, you may continue to the following steps.
- Open IELTS test center website. In Thailand, there are 2 test centers; IELTS British Council and IELTS IDP
- The website will let you fill in general information about the test such as the type of IELTS test (IELTS Academic for further education or IELTS UKVI for studying and living in the UK), paper based or computer based, score purpose, city and country where you want to take the test, and test date. The question orders may be different in each test center.
- Next, the system will bring you to a log in process. You may continue if you already had an account but if not, you have to create an account by clicking “Create New User” or “Create an account” which depends on each test system.
- Next, you have to fill in your personal information such as First name, Last name, Date of birth (make sure your information on the website and on the id card or passport are exactly the same), Email, Phone number, Address, and other information (your English language level, plan to submit your score in the future and etc.)
- Then, the system will allow you to recheck all information before continuing to a payment process. For the payment method, test taker can immediately pay by online credit card or pay after by other methods. In this case, the payment period will be determined by each test center.
- After you complete the IELTS registration and payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your inbox. On your test date, do not forget bringing your identification card or passport. (Remember bringing the same documents you have used on your registration)
IELTS Listening sample before the test
Test – Listening 30 minutes
The listening test in paper test format consists of 4 setions. Each section has 10 questions. The first and second part are about everyday life situation and the third and fourth part are mainly about education and training.
Part 1 : the conversation between 2 people about daily situation
Part 2 : single talks from one speaker such as an explanation about the place
Part 3 : group conversations such as talk between 2 people and may have an opinion from the third party
Part 4 : a speaker talk about academic topic
The test format : Multiple choice, Matching, Filling information (plan/map/diagram labelling), Filling form and cloze test (Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion), and Sentence completion
Warning: The tape will be played only once and there will be various English accents so you should be concentrated.
Test Type 1 – Multiple Choice : The multiple choice will focus on your listening attention. You need to collect details and choose the correct answer. The choice often be tricky and likely to be correct in every choice but there is only one correct answer. So, you must be careful when selecting the answer.
Suggestion: The multiple choice is used to test your multi skills. You need to pay attention on the question-answer details and also understand the whole topic in each listening question. Many test takers are often confused when choosing the answer.
Example 1.1 You will be listened the conversation about shipping overseas of the shipping company and you will see the possible answer after the conversation has ended.
Example 1.2 You will hear the conversation about customer and delivery service and you will have to choose the answer A,B, or C.
Test Type 2 – Matching : You will have to match the correct answers from the conversation, talk, or message you hear.
Suggestion: The matching will mearsure your listening skill that you are able to understand general information and able to follow the conversation between 2 people. Moreover, it will assess your comprehension about the relation between the fact you was listened.
Example 2.1 This is the conversation about Jack’s extra class. You will select the choice A, B, or C to answer the questions no. 21-25. You have to understand the conversation between Jack and Tutor and find the conclusion of this conversation.
Test Type 3 – Plan, map, diagram labelling : This section is focus on your ability in filling information in map such as building map, travelling map, or guideline map
Suggestion: You need to understand the directions and places and explain them in clearly related map. So, you must listen carefully and clearly identify the location.
Example 3.1 Select the best answer corresponding with the map. You need to put the letters A-I to fill in each section such as (2) Car Parks – A (2) Chaning rooms – B (3) First aid center – C.
Example 3.2 just like example 3.1, you put the letters A – I in the blank when the tape is finished.
Test Type 4 – Form, note, table, flow-chart : you will have to summarize and completely fill in the information in the form, memo, table, or work process.
Suggestion: You need to listen carefully and get the key messgae because the test type 4 has limit number of words in the blank such as ‘NO MORE TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER’ and if you put more words in the space your score may be deducted.
Example 4.1 The tape will explain about how to fill in address and other details in order to send the package to the customer. You will need to fill in the blank. In each blank, the test limit no more than 3 words. There are 8 questions and you need to answer all 8 questions such as (1) Name……… (2) Address………. (3) Postcode…………
Example 4.2 You need to fill in the Note after listening to the tape. You need to fill in each blank such as (1) Express train leaves at …………. 2) Nearest station is – …………………. (3) Number 706 bus goes to – ……………………..
Test Type 5 – Sentence completion: this section will highlight on your ability to understand the whole message you have listened and how you can summarize key messages and fill in the blank to make the sentence complete.
Suggestion: This test focuses on key messages so you need to understand the main idea and reason of the talk. Moreover, there is the word limit just like test type 4.
Example 5.1 After the talk has finished, the question will warn you “NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS”. So, definitely do not put more than 2 words.
Example 5.2 you have to fill in the blank. There is no word limit in this section so please carefully read the question guideline before fill the answer.
Test Type 6 – Type Short-answer questions : you will write a short answer after you hear the talk.
Suggestion: this part focus on your ability to understand the fact and correctly answer the questions.
Example 6.1 The question has limited “NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER” which is the sign to warn you not to write more than that. The questions need your 2 reasons to answer the question “What two factors can make social contact in a foreign country difficult?”
Example 6.2 Again, there is word limitation just like example 6.1. The questions need your short answes about attrations.
IELTS Reading sample before the test
Example – Reading (60 mins)
IELTS Reading focuses on various reading skills. There are 40 questions consisting of Main ideas, Skimming, Logical Argument, and Writer’ attitude.
The Test format : there are various formats; multiple choice, subjective test, giving opinion, matching, cloze test, and conclusion.
Suggestion: Most reading passages are critic and research which come from magazine, journal, and newspaper so you can practice reading these kinds of passages from the blog or website as it can help improving your reading skill.
Example 2.1 : You will read a science article about Telepathy. You need to find main idea and put the correct letters from the summarized sentences A-G in the questions no 1-4.
Example 2.2 This section will let you answer the questions by yourself. There is no choices and you must write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS so your answer must be clear and concise.
Example 2.3 The passage is a sport report. The test will let you match the letter A-G from the paragraphs to answer the questions no. 1-6.
Suggestion: With time limitation and difficult vocabularies in a science passage, we recommend you use a skimming technique and find the main ideas to get the key messages. Do not forget to highlight keywords so you can easily relate the questions and answers.
IELTS Writing Sample before the test
Writing Test – Academic Writing (60 minutes)
Academic Writing requires much more time compared to other tests. The writing topics are general graduate level knowledge and can be divided into 2 Tasks; Task 1 and Task 2.
The Test Type
Task 1 Graph, Diagram, or Table : You need to summarize the information from Graph, Diagram, or Table in your own understand. You may have to give explanation about the process, system, or situation.
Task 2 Essay : You will have to summarize information ad give solutions or your critical idea about the information. This essay requires academic writing.
Suggestion: You should spend not over 20 minutes for Task 1 with at least 150 words. If your paragraph does not reach 150 words, your score may be deducted. For task 2, you can spend around 40 minutes with at least 250 words. If your essay has not reach 250 words, your score will also be deducted.
Example 3.1 : The question needs your understandig about the graph. The information is about dairy consumption of consumers in the US. You will put the answers in the blank no. 1-6 with no more than 3 words for each blank.
Example 3.2 : The question needs your answer with at least 150 words. The diagram is about employment sectors for graduates from Brighton University.
The question needs your understanding in Bar charts which is about persons arrested in various offences and then answer the questions No. 1-5.
Suggestion: You should understand main idea of each bar chart. You should be able to compare each chart in order to correctly answer the questions.
Example 3.4 : You will read and summarize idea about Social Networking sites which have influence in nowsaday society. The essay needs your opinion on how you think about this idea.
Example 3.5 : This part need you to write about your view on the given topic which is about internet using and its effects in both negative and positive ways.
Suggestion: To give your opinion, you can both agee or disagree as it depends on your aspect. The important thing is you need to clearly state your idea with support information. If you disagree with something, you should give reasonable information to support your view point. Your essay should be at least 250 words as it can affect your score.
IELTS Speaking Sample before the test
Example – Speaking (11-14 minutes)
Many test takers are worried about this speaking test especially the ones who rarely have conversation with the native. A good preparation will actually help you relax and have more confident. The speaking test will be classified into 3 sections and all your speaking will be recorded.
The Test format
Part 1 : The questions are about general questions such as yourself, your family, your education background, and your interests. It will take 4-5 minutes.
Part 2 : You will be given a flash card which contains a specific topic. You will have 1 minutes to prepare information about the content. This part take 2 minutes.
Part 3 : The question in this part will continue from Part 2 but you will need to explain your ideas and analysis.This part takes 4-5 minutes.
Suggestion: Excitement and nervousness always affect your speaking test. To create your confidence, try speaking english in your daily life before the test. If you inaccurately speak, say sorry and recorrect immediately. If you do not understand the question, try asking the examiner to repeat the question or give more explanation which is better than answering the question without your truly understand the question and your score can be decucted.
Example 4.1 In this part 1, The questions are about general information on your daily life. As you can see in example 4.1, they are basic questions about your study and need your short answers such as what do you study? Where do you study? and why did you choose that subject?
Example 4.2 This part is also general question but it will be more specific on the topic “Art”. Although you may not have knowledge about Art, you can answer the questions because they are also general questions on that topic, not too specific and no deep knowledge require, such as Are you good at Art? or Did you learn art when you were a child?
Example 4.3 : In this part 2, you will have to choose topic from cards. Here, the topic is about “book” and there will be answer’s guidlines such as what kind of book it is or you can give more explanation about that book and the reason why you like that book.
Example 4.4 : In this part, the topic is about your daily routine. If you get this topic, you should explain your daily life such as what you do after you get up, when you go to school or work? or what time you get back home?
Your answer in this part is continued from Part 2. You need to give more explanation on the topic such as “topic : Book” you can extend the idea on how the book affect your further study and your life goal or “topic : Daily Routine” you can extend the idea on how to take care of yourself by rearranging your daily schedule.
Suggestion: After you get the question, brainstrom the idea about your question by finding keywords and giving details from the keywords. Use your speaking time effectively and not to answer too short.
What you are going to take in IELTS test?
IELTS will test all your English skills ; listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
IELTS Listening Test : This is the first part of IELTS test. There are 4 sections 40 questions with 30 minutes. You need to pay attention and be concentrated as the tape will be played only one time. You need to remember what you hear and fill in the blank space the correct answer. You need to concentrate on the British accent and write the correct answer. Be careful about the spelling!
IELTS Reading Test : This part is after listening test. You will be tested your reading skill. There are 3 passages, 40 questions with 60 minutes. Each passage is around 700-800 words long. The passage can be newspaper, magazine, research paper, academic article, or textbook etc.
IELTS Writing Test : It is the third part, the last part for morning session. You will need to write an essay with grammatically correct. Moreover, you need to best select suitable and perfect words for each sentence. You need to carefully consider your writing to get the score. There are 2 writing tasks.
Task 1: You will be given graphs or charts. You need to explain the information in these graphs or charts. The information must be well written and correct.
Task 2: You will be given a topic and write your opinion on that topic. It will be more difficult than the first task. You need to provide reasons why you agree or disagree. The passage must be well organized with the correct using of words and vocabularies to attract the best score. Don’t forget about the accurate grammar as well!
IELTS Speaking Test : This part is an exciting part for many test takers as you must speak to a real native speaker. This part does not only test your English speaking skill but it will also test your ability to truly express your opinion and ideas through any topics you are randomly given. You must deliver a beautiful language and a logical answer to get the points. It might be difficult for a person who rarely communicate in English or seldom use English language in daily life. But speaking can be practiced. The speaking test consists of 3 parts and it takes 11-14 minutes.
First question : General question. It may be about your personal information, your family, or other things in your everyday life.
Second question : You will be tested on the topic the examiner selects for you. You will have 2 minutes to speak and 1 minute for preparation. You need to be concentrated and carefully take your limited time.
Third question : It will be more difficult in this part. The test will be the conversation between you and your examiner in an abstract topic. It takes 4-5 minutes.
How is the difference between IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL?
First of all, I have to say that all of them are international standard tests. However, their test styles and purposes are different.
TOEIC : This test is used for job application and some further education such as aviation course. The test is suitable for job seekers.
IELTS (Academic) : This test is used for applying further study in foreign countries or some international programs in Thailand. (If you want to apply for a further study in the UK, you can take IELTS UKVI as you have to use it for registering a UK VISA.) It can be used for applying for scholarships and some academic jobs such as teacher, professor. Some organizations also accept this score for job application.
TOEFL : This test is used for applying further study in foreign countries or some international programs in Thailand, for applying scholarships and some academic jobs just like IELTS.
Anyone who wants to apply for international programs in Thailand or other countries can take both IELTS or TOEFL. You can also take the test and use the score for your job application in the future. Our recommendation is if you can choose between IELTS and TOEFL, choose IELTS as the test is less complicated than TOEFL.
If talking about the difficulty, TOEIC is the easiest test of all because all vocabularies found in the test are also used in your daily life. It is not an academic test and it is a multiple choice test. The reading is not too long and there is no essay writing. The challenge is the time is limited so you must quickly complete the test. IELTS and TOEFL are academic tests so vocabularies are more difficult. There are more details in each part of the test and they have essay writing and speaking.
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Recommend top 3 best books for IELTS
For those who are preparing for IELTS, do not miss out this great content as we are here to recommend top 3 best books for IELTS.
The first one is the official Cambridge Guide to IELTS for Academic & General Training, which is very close to the real exam especially full practices provided in the guidebook.
The second one is IELTS Academic by Cambridge English. Though it does not provide much in materials or explanation, it contains lots of past exams. Hence, the book is highly recommended as it is very advisable to do a lot of practices when preparing for IELTS.
Beside detailed materials and past exams provided in the first and second book recommended, vocabulary is equally important. Therefore, the last book that we recommend here is Vocabulary for IELTS by Cambridge which provides vocabulary in well-arranged and easy-to-remember format.
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IELTS Academic vs IELTS General : Which one is perfect for you?
|Topic||IELTS Academic||IELTS General|
|Test Purpose||For further study, graduate and above, and for academic or research work which require high level of English knowledge||For study in high school, college or general work and training|
|Test Format||Listening, IELTS Academic Reading, IELTS Academic Writing, Speaking||Listening, IELTS general training reading, IELTS general training writing, Speaking|
|Where to submit score||According to universities or institutions requirement||According to college requirements for applying a visa or company requirements|
|Test Style||Academic questions testing on your academic knowledge and comprehension||General questions testing on your general knowledge and assess your basic communication skill|
|Test Details||The test has 4 parts which focuses on academic Reading and academic Writing parts so this test is more difficult than IELTS General. But Listening and Speaking tests are just like IELTS General.||The test has 4 parts which focuses on general English comprehension without academic questions.|
|Popular Countries||The US, Canada, The UK, European countries, some universities in Thailand, some technical and vocational training programs||Australia, New Zealand, Germany, some European countries, and visa application I some countries|
The Difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General
The major differences between IELTS Academic and IELTS General are Reading and Writing part as IELTS Academic focuses on content analysis and more difficult. The test takers may find academic vocabularies and complicated articles which require logical answer or conclusion.
Academic Reading VS General Reading
|Structure||The test composes of 3 sections (academic articles) and logical questions such as fact and analysis. Moreover, the questions may have diagram, graph, or picture.||The test composes of 3 sections (general reading) The first section is short article and the second section is separated to 2 parts and the last section is a long passage about general interest.|
|Number of questions||40||40|
|Test Period||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Score calculating||1 question = 1 point||1 question = 1 point|
|Type of questions||Both IELTS Academic and General are alike.
||Both IELTS Academic and General are alike.
|Type of article and essay topic||
Academic Writing VS General Writing
|Structure||The writing is divided into 2 sections. The first section needs your explanation from table, chart, or diagram which requires your analytical answer and the answer should have 150 words. The second section is an essay writing which requires 250 words.||The writing is divided into 2 sections just like Academic Writing. The first section requires short answer with 150 words and the second section requires a 250-word essay.|
|Number of questions||2 questions||2 questions|
|Test Period||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Type of questions||
** The length of the essay should fit with the instruction as longer or shorter essay may be affected your points.
** The length of the essay should fit with the instruction as longer or shorter essay may be affected your points.
The Difference between IELTS Academic Writing and IELTS General Writing
A1 – Academic Task 1 : This example is a chart showing migrants in percentage in each year during 1840 – 1914. This task needs you to summarize information from the chart and make comparison. Test takers need to use their analytical thinking to compare information from the chart and explain it into at least 150 words
G1 – General Task 1 : This example needs you to write a letter generally about situations in daily life. Test takers do not need to put more details or catch the idea to logically summarize just like academic writing. Theoretically, General Writing Task 1 will be divided in to 3 lists; personal, formal, and semi-formal. This task wants you to write a letter to your friend and explain why you want to sell the car, describe the car, and suggest your friend to come and see your car. The task is quite easy and not too formal but you need to be careful about your wording and grammar.
Writing Task 2
A2 – Academic Task 2 : In this section, the essay is limited at least 250 words. For Academic writing, the topics are usually science, finance, and technology. So, it needs your analytical idea or comparison which has no right or wrong and you must have your supported idea. This task needs your explanation about space exploration whether it is a waste of money and the funds should be relocated to other more needed areas or not. The answer depends on your consideration but requires logical answer.
G1 – General Task 2 : This task focuses on your general writing on daily situations. This question sample is about the advantages and disadvantages of some students travelling aboard for one year before starting universities. You can express your point of views with reasonable supports to make your essay more reliable.
The difference between IELTS Academic Reading and IELTS General Reading
A3 – Academic Reading : The content of Academic Reading is quite long and has many sections, skimming and finding the main idea are recommended to better understand the passage. You can see that there are separated questions in each section so you can easily find the answers if you can find main idea and key word. The most important thing is do not forget to carefully read the instruction before start doing the test. What the academic writing require is your reading comprehension and your ability to write it in academic way.
G3 – General Writing : You can see that information or article in this section is general topic. The sample in G3 is about college swimming pool with information about opening time and depth. You can see the overview information from this given information because the content is not difficult like academic writing. The most important thing is your ability to understand the content and to be able to correctly find the right answer.
Tips for doing in IELTS – Writing Part
|A 150-word essay has around 3-4 paragraphs. A 250-word essay should have 250 words and should not have more or less than that.|
|Remember! do not use Notes or Bullet points when doing academic writing as your score may be deducted.|
|Lexical Resource is one of 4 writing criteria that has an impact on your writing score and many test takers may not know. So, when you write your idea, you should choose appropriate words. The essay should concise, not wordy, fit the paragraph. Good format may come with good score.|
|Phrase||Phrase is interesting. We recommend choosing phrases that you are sure with the meaning and spelling.|
|Paragraph||Many test takers forget using paragraph. To describe every idea in one paragraph is not recommended so you should review essay structure; introduction, body, and conclusion.|
|Grammar||Apart from correct spelling, appropriate grammar is also important such as tense and punctuation. A little mistake can affect your score.|
|Language||Formal language is very important when doing the both academic and general writing test. Using inappropriate language can also affect your score.|
Tips for doing IELTS – Reading Part
|Questions||Reading questions have 16 different types which the articles are mostly about global, local, and cluster.|
|Techniques||First, Reading the Heading or Topic! Try to understand each topic as it may cover the whole content of the article and it can help you quickly understand the passage.|
|Make a circle or underline important words such as name, place, and date because it can help you correctly relate topic and main idea.|
|Cautions||Although it is the reading test, you may need to write some answers. So, you need to be careful about your spelling and grammatical usage. A little mistake can also affect your score.|
|Time is limited! So, you should use skimming technique and understand the main idea of the passage. Remember that each paragraph has each main idea and it often appears on the first sentence of each paragraph. So, spend time effectively.|
How different between IELTS and TOEFL ?
Many students might have a question like which test I should to take? How different between them? Today, we are going to find answers together. We will compare between TOEFL iBT and IELTS as both of them are international standard tests.
|Test Type||Both paper based and computer based||Test Structure|
|Test StructureTest Structure||IELTS Listening : 40 choices 30 minutes
IELTS Reading : 60 choices 40 minutes
IELTS Writing : 2 sections 60 minutes
IELTS Speaking : 3 sections 11-14 minutes
|TOEFL Listening: 28-29 choices 41-57 minutes
TOEFL Reading: 30-40 choices 54-72 minutes
TOEFL Writing: 2 sections 50 minutes
TOEFL Speaking: 4 sections 17 minutes
|Listening Part||Filling the gaps while listening to the questions. The questions will be printed on your test paper.||Multiple choices which you may need to take notes while listening and the multiple choice questions will appear afterwards.|
|Reading Part||Many types of reading such as journal research newspaper. Questions types are short answering, filling the gap, and text matching.||More academic reading from textbooks. The questions are multiple choices testing how well you’ve understood the texts such as imply and vocabulary questions.|
|Writing Part||Section 1 describing information 150 words
Section 2 offering your point of view 250 words
|Section 1 writing a five-paragraph essay between 300-350 words
Section 2 reading an article and taking notes from the lectures from the same topic and using them to construct 150-225 word response
|Speaking Part||Answering one on one to a native examiner. (also computer based test)||Answering to a computer|
|How to apply||Both online and test agent school.||Only online through www.ets.org|
|Test scoring||A band system from 1-9 with the overall score being averagely calculate in all four tests.||There are 3 parts which each has a score 0-30. The final score will be total 0-120 collecting from 3 parts.|
|Test validity||2 years||2 years|
|Test result period||2 weeks for paper based test
5-7 days for computer based test
|From the table, we can see that IELTS and TOEFL iBT have many different parts. Most people might feel that there are more options on IELTS for example we can choose either paper based or computer based test and the question types look more simple than TOEFL iBT. However, it depends on the test takers’ skills in order to take either tests.|
From the table, we can see that IELTS and TOEFL iBT have many different parts. Most people might feel that there are more options on IELTS for example we can choose either paper based or computer based test and the question types look more simple than TOEFL iBT. However, it depends on the test takers’ skills in order to take either tests.
IELTS – FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Does every country accept IELTS scores ?
IELTS is recognised by a number of institutions, mostly in the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In the U.S., the number of institutions that accepts IELTS is increasing as of July 2018, standing at 3,300. You are advised to check the criteria of each institution at https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/who-accepts-ielts-scores For international programmes in Thailand, IELTS has been one of the standardised tests recognised by universities; however, requirements differ from among programmes as well as universities. You are also advised to check the admission requirements of each programme.
What are qualifications required for an IELTS examiner ?
A qualified IELTS examiner must hold at least a bachelor degree or a Master’s degree. A certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is also required. A successful candidate must also be trained on how to access speaking and writing tests before his accreditation. According to the application form, both qualified native and non-native speakers are eligible for the position.
What is IELTS academic test ?
IELTS academic is one of the two modules of the test. It is designed to meet the requirements of academic programmes for international students to continue their study at undergraduate or post-graduate level in English speaking countries.
Between TOEFL and IELTS , which one is easier ?
Either of them is easier than the other. Both are English proficiency test evaluating the same language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The main difference is test administration. IELTS is paper-based, while TOEFL is internet-based. If you are familiar with the paper format, IELTS should be your choice.