What is IELTS ? How to apply and prepare for the test book recommendation | All answers about IELTS
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.
คอร์ส IELTS รับรองผล
- Live IELTS course with 7.0 guarantee! It is designed for both IELTS Academic and IELTS UKVI as these 2 tests are not significantly different. It is an intensive course and we don’t want you to miss it.
- Outstanding design and All in one
- Live, Complete every part, All you can follow
- Real writing practice with all paper proved: your written paper will have almost zero weaknesses. We teach you how to improve and make your writing better to get a higher score.
- One on one speaking practice test by our native tutor who truly knows English conversation environment. We boost up your speaking skill and give your speaking techniques.
- Win the passage reading: your reading skill will be improved and you can quickly read the passage.
- Win the listening test with full listening practice. Many people worry about his part because there is no choice but only blank space. So, we help you better understand the test and how to get the score from this part.
- Easily review the lessons with key practice VDOs and listening files. Better than ever as you can review your lessons easily and comfortably, from only reading your books to clip VDOs and listening files.
- Guarantee 7.0, Our focus is the test. We have no VDO teaching. We start from basic grammatical lessons on the very first day of the course. We give you every technique we know. We have key practice VDOs and listening files. We make your study become easy. All your written papers will be proved. All students will have rehearsal speaking test. So, we can guarantee IELTS score of 7.0.
Don’t worry about your English background. If your goal is to win IELTS. Starting your preparation now is the best way you can do. No matter your weaknesses are, Chulatutor can help you reach your goal.
|3 ส.ค. – 3 ก.ย.||จ-พฤ||18:00-20:30||
|8 ส.ค. – 6 ก.ย.||ส-อา||10:00–16:00||
If you can’t reach band 7.0, you can retake the course for free.!
Course details: start from elementary ; grammar, writing, reading, listening and speaking until review past exams
HOW to register the test
Both British Council and IDP have the same application process by applying at the counter or applying online at each test center’s website. British Council focuses more on online application and you have to pay by credit card. But IDP can be paid both credit card and SCB bank counter.
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? Which one is more difficult? and What is the purpose of taking each test?
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.
Online IELTS course for your IELTS preparation
We, Chulatutor, have made an online IELTS course. If you don’t have time or can’t take yourself to our school, you still can make yourself ready for the test. With our perfect designed and our concept “Easy to be expert”, your skill can be improved to win the test. Even you miss our live course, it is not a problem. We understand your conditions. Some people have enough preparation time. Some can travel to our school. Some might not have a consistent work schedule. Some lives in suburb. Our online course will take your worries away.
We focus on the course quality so we concern about students’ benefits. We teach all 4 skills; Writing Reading Listening and Speaking. We also start from basic grammatical knowledge so your background is not a problem as we will begin from the ground. If you don’t understand, you can keep watching the clips as many times as you want in 1 year. Forget about those barriers and start taking this online course. No matter how far you are, you can be prepared. For further information, please visit https://www.chulatutor.com/online/ielts-online
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.
Here are all the books that we recommend for today. However, for those who do not have much time, find it hard to read lots of books or prefer to have mentor to that can explain and provide exam techniques, you can always choose 7.0 guaranteed IELTS course at Chulatutor as we put together materials and exam guidelines of all parts in the IELTS. Do not forget that the sooner you prepare yourself, the more you are ready for IELTS. Chulatutor is behind and support everyone who are preparing for IELTS and we wish for you to succeed in the exam with desired score.
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.