What you need to know about IELTS

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Key takeaways

  • IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System and is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.
  • 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 Academic is 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.
  • IELTS General Training is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
  • The IELTS test has four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
  • The test total time is: 2 hours and 55 minutes.
  • Test takers receive a score for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.
  • There is no pass or fail. IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English.
  • There are up to 48 test dates available per year. Each test center offers tests up to four times a month depending on local demand.
  • The IELTS minimum scores required by academic institutions and by course vary. Most universities accept scores between 6-7 as being suitable for undergraduate study in English.
  • You will receive a Test Report Form (TRF) which reports a score for each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), as well as an overall band score.
  • Institutions may be able to view your scores through the IELTS TRF Verification Service. To do this they will need your TRF number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.
  • You will receive only one copy of the Test Report Form, therefore it is important that you keep it safe.
  • Candidates wishing to take the test may register online  through the Online IELTS Application www.ielts.org

Meet our tutors

Lucie Nakhle
British council certified IELTS instructor with seven years of IELTS training experience. In addition to that, I work as an IELTS administrator and an online teaching instructor. Cambridge degree holder in teaching English, as well as a Business Management degree holder from Westminster University, London, and an OCR(Oxford, Cambridge, and RSA) certification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools, level 1 and 2.

Zeina Bizri

With a masters degree in TESOL ,  I have been a high school English language teacher , a university instructor and I am currently the head of the English  Department at the University  of Alba (Balamand) . Despite  my busy schedule , I enjoy allocating time to perfecting the skills of high school learners in university prep exams such as SAT and IELTS and have been teaching these two exams for the last 20 years.

How can Synkers help you prep for your IELTS

  • Synkers works in close collaboration with the British council and all our IELTS tutors are highly qualified and have a long track record of helping students ace the exam. You can book a one on one private tutoring session or invite your peers to join you for a group session.
  • At Synkers we believe that quality education should be accessible to all! As of now, you no longer have to deal with location, time or commuting constraints. You can prep for your IELTS by meeting with a qualified tutor from the comfort of your home or dorm room through Synkers online tutoring system.

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