IELTS Test in UAE, the secret to getting a high score on it

IELTS term is the abbreviation of The (International English Language Testing System).  It is the most common test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The IELTS test in UAE is important for those who want to work, study or migrate to a country where English is their native language such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA. 

It measures their ability to listen, read, write and speak in English. The IELTS test is owned by 3 organizations which are the British Council, IDP, and Cambridge English. It is developed by language specialists to provide a fair and accurate assessment of English language proficiency.

IELTS Test Score

Your IELTS test score represents to what extent you understand and are able to communicate in English. Each immigration country or university has definite IELTS test score requirements. This means that the score you need will depend on what you seek to do or achieve.

  • 0 : It means that the test-taker did not pass the test as he did not answer the questions.
  • 1 : It means that the test-taker is a non-English user and has no ability to use the language except a few words.
  • 2 : It means that the test-taker is an intermittent English user and has great difficulty understanding written and spoken English.
  • 3 : It means that the test-taker is an extremely limited English user and understands only general meanings in your daily frequent situations.
  • 4 : It means that the test-taker is a limited English user,  his knowledge is restricted to daily frequent situations and has problems in understanding & expression. In other words, it means that he is not able to use the complex English language.
  • 5 : It means that the test-taker is a modest English user,  has partial command of the language and deals with overall meaning in most situations, despite many mistakes. In other words, it means that he is able to deal with basic communications in their own field.
  • 6 :  It means that the test-taker is a competent English user and has a good command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings. In other words, it means that he can use and understand fairly the complex English language in familiar situations.
  • 7 : It means that the test-taker is a good English user and has operational command of the language, despite many occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. In other words, it means that he can handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
  • 8 : It means that the test-taker is a very good English user and has a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. In other words, it means that he may misunderstand some words in unpopular situations and can handle complex or detailed arguments well.
  • 9 : It means that the test-taker is an expert English user and has a fully operational command of the language. In other words, it means that his use of English is appropriate, accurate, and fluent, and shows complete understanding.

IELTS Test Types

IELTS has two types which are IELTS Academic and IELTS General

  • IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those who aim to study in an English-speaking country or university program provided in English and those who want to take it for professional registration purposes.

  • It targets vocabulary that is familiar within an academic environment.
  • It can be performed whether on paper, on computer or online at home or other suitable location.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing sections are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them, although the speaking test may be performed up to a week before or after the other tests. If you perform IELTS Online, your Speaking test usually takes place before your other tests.
  • The total time of the IELTS Academic test is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • IELTS General

The IELTS General test is suitable for those who aim to apply to study below degree level and those who take it for work experience or other employment training. It is also used for the purpose of migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. 

  • The test features everyday English language skills that are needed in daily social and workplace environments.
  • It can be performed on paper and on a computer only.
  • The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them, although the speaking test may be performed up to a week before or after the other tests. If you perform IELTS Online, your Speaking test usually takes place before your other tests.
  • The total time of the IELTS General test is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

IELTS Test Format

IELTS test is divided into 4 main parts or skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

  • Listening: 

It measures your listening skills as you will listen to 4 different recorded dialogues and then answer the questions. Dialogues are of different English accents and you will listen to them only once. 

Time: 30 minutes  (plus about 10 minutes transfer time).

Types of recordings

  • Recording 1 : a conversation between two people about everyday social situations.
  • Recording 2 : a monologue about an everyday social context.
  • Recording 3 :a conversation between up to four people about an educational or training topic
  • Recording 4 : a monologue on academic subjects.
  • Marking:  One mark is awarded for each correct answer and a score conversion table is processed to translate scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale.

The number of questions: 40 Questions.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Matching.
  • Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
  • Form/Note/Table/Flow-chart/Summary Completion.
  •  Sentence Completion.
  • Academic IELTS Reading:

It measures Academic Reading skills like reading for main ideas, reading for gist, reading for detail, understanding logical argument & recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes, purpose, and skimming.

 Time: 60 minutes.

Types of texts: It consists of 3 reading passages taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. The passages can be narrative, descriptive, and argumentative. At least one text of this section will contain a detailed logical argument.

Marking: One mark is awarded for each correct answer and a score conversion table is processed to translate scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale.

Number of questions: 40 Questions.

Types of Questions: 

  • Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Identifying Information.
  •  Identifying the writer’s views/claims.
  • Matching Information.
  • Matching Headings.
  • Matching Features.
  • Matching Sentence Endings.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Summary Completion.
  • Note Completion.
  • Table Completion.
  • Flow-chart Completion.
  • Diagram Label Completion.
  • Short-answer Questions.
  • General IELTS Reading: 

It measures General Reading skills like reading for main ideas,  reading for gist, reading for detail, understanding logical argument & recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes, purpose, and skimming.

Time: 60 minutes.

Types of texts: It consists of 3 reading passages taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Marking:  One mark is awarded for each correct answer and a score conversion table is processed to translate scores out of 40 into the IELTS 9-band scale.

The number of questions: 40 Questions.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions.
  •  Identifying Information.
  •  Identifying the writer’s views/claims.
  •  Matching Information.
  •  Matching Headings.
  •  Matching Features.
  • Matching Sentence Endings.
  •  Sentence Completion.
  •  Summary Completion.
  •  Note Completion.
  • Table Completion.
  •  Flow-chart Completion.
  •  Diagram Label Completion.
  •  Short-answer Questions.
  • Academic IELTS Writing:

It measures Academic Writing skills as you will be asked to perform 2 tasks.

Time: 60 minutes.

Types of tasks: There are 2 types of tasks each one is at least  250 words in length.

  •  Task 1 : you will be provided by a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information (data,  the stages of a process, how something works, an object or event)  in your own words. 
  • Task 2 : you will be asked to write an essay about a point of view, argument or problem. 

Marking:  Marks are given on 

The number of questions: 2 Questions.

  • General IELTS Writing:

It measures the General Writing skills as you will be asked to perform 2 tasks.

Time: 60 minutes.

Types of tasks: There are 2 types of tasks each one is  at least 250 words in length.

Marking:  Marks are given on 

  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy.

The number of questions: 2 Questions.

  • Speaking: 

It measures the Speaking skill and the test is recorded.

Time: 11-14 minutes.

Types of tasks:

  • Part 1 : The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and many familiar topics like home, family, work, studies, and interests. This part of the test can last between 4 and 5 minutes.
  • Part 2  : You will be given a card that asks you to talk about a definite topic. You will have 1 to 2  minutes to prepare before speaking. The examiner will ask about one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 : You will be asked extra questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more ideas and issues. This part of the test can last between 4 and 5 minutes.

Marking:  Marks are given on 

IELTS Test Dates 

IELTS Test dates depend on the place where you want to take the test. Taking the IELTS test in UAE is available in many centers. All you have to do is to visit the BritishCouncil website and search for your destination and suitable date.

Tips to get high scores in IELTS

To get high scores in IELTS test, it is necessary to follow definite instructions: 

              – It provides you with all needed materials.

              – It gives you flexible schedules.

              – There are professional teachers who follow-up your level.

  • Prepare well for each section separately.
  1. Listening Section: 
  • Listen to radio programs, news, lectures, films, and online videos in English. 
  • Try to be familiar with the English language. 
  • Get trained on its questions.
  1. Reading Section:
  • Read newspapers, magazines, journals, and books in English and note the new words and expressions.
  • Try to practice estimating the meaning of an unknown word from the passage and then check it in a dictionary.
  • Get updated with the news as topics of the reading section passages usually deal with current affairs.
  • Try to practice reading within a definite time to be able to read fast and read all three passages and answer 40 questions in 60 minutes.
  • Practice reading techniques.
  1. Writing Section:
  • For IELTS Academic: look for model graph/chart/diagram descriptions online and analyse them in terms of organization of ideas and vocabulary.
  • For IELTS General Training:  look for model letters online and analyse them in terms of organization of ideas and vocabulary.
  1. Speaking Section:
  • Practice speaking loudly as much as possible.
  • Read books, listen to the radio, and watch movies and TV, preferably in English. 
  • Try to think in English.
  • Speak in English with other test-takers before entering the exam room.
  • You may need to use websites or applications which allow speaking with native speakers.
  • Follow those instructions for each part of the IELTS test.
  1. Listening Section
  • Listen carefully to the instructions before each section as those instructions are not printed on the test papers.
  • Read carefully the instructions in the test papers like the number of words you need to write on the answer sheet as if you write more words than required, you will lose marks.
  • 30 to 60 seconds are given for reading the questions and instructions so, read the questions before listening to prepare your mind for searching for the correct answer in the audio.
  • Pay additional attention to words expressing negatives like (not, never, none, no one, barely, hardly, scarcely, etc.)
  •  During the 10-minute time, transfer the answers from the test paper onto the answer sheet and check your answers before doing that.
  • Do not leave empty spaces and try to guess the correct answer even if you don’t know it.
  • Make sure you have used correct spelling and correct grammatical form of your answers.
  1. Reading Section
  • Read the instructions carefully on the test papers as they may differ from the previous ones you got familiar with while practicing the test.
  • Make notes in the reading texts in the test papers.
  • Divide your time wisely and do not waste your time on a few questions. If you spend more than a minute answering a question and still do not have an answer, skip it and proceed to the next question. If you have any time left at the final of your exam after you answer the rest of the questions, you can return to the question.
  • Do not leave any empty spaces and try to guess the correct answer even if you don’t know the answer.
  1. Writing Section
  • Analyse each task carefully.
  • It is better not to use the task words in your writing but, use your own words and sentence structures.
  • Make sure you understand the ‘essay task or question’. You may be asked to give an opinion, compare or contrast, discuss causes effects or present solutions to problems.
  • Make sure to answer typically what has been asked.
  • Try not to exceed 350 words\essay. Your priority is quality not quantity.
  • Divide your time and make sure to take about 3 minutes for revising Writing Task 1 and about 5 minutes for revising your essay.
  • Plan first for your writing before starting it.
  1. Speaking Section
  • Keep calm to give your best performance.
  • Say as much as you can when speaking and give long responses.
  • Correct your answers if you feel that you made a mistake.
  • Pay attention to your body language and tune.
  • As the exam is a formal situation, a semi-formal language.
  • Prepare prior topics for speaking about yourself & your opinions and for writing about current events and issues.
  • Try to take an experimental test before preparation to identify your level and save your time and effort. 
  • Try to take enough time to prepare for the test according to your level.

Conclusion

IELTS test is your gateway to study in or migrate to an English-speaking country or even any university all over the world introducing an international program in English. Keep it in your mind and take the step.

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