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Frequently asked questions regarding IELTS

1. Which IELTS test is recommended for Canada immigration?

IELTS test is conducted by British Council as well as IDP Australia. Preparation of test papers, mode of test and evaluation criteria are all the same for both and are jointly prepared by British Council, IDP and Cambridge university. IELTS certificate also looks the same and has logos of all the 3 partners. Therefore, ideally there should not be any difference in term of validity between IELTS test conducted by British Council or IDP. However, there are some unpublished news that some universities In Canada caught some students with fake certificates and these students were asked to take the test again and interestingly they scored way lower than what they had claimed originally. Unfortunately, most of those students had taken IDP test. This influenced these universities to prefer British Council test rather than IDP. Therefore, if you are applying for Canadian Universities for higher education or trying for Canadian PR, then it would be safer to take British Council IELTS test just to be safe.
Please refer the answer for question number 1.

If you have taken IELTS tests multiple times, the best score out of all these will be considered. It is up to you to choose which one should be declared to get the best score for PR/Express Entry point calculations. Please note that you cannot pick up the best score in each module from different certificates and claim that as your score. You can only use one certificate to claim your score.

Besides this, it is important to note that if you don’t get required score in any of the 4 modules, you need to repeat the whole test again as you don’t have the option to take module wise test.

Most UK Universities and Colleges do not have IELTS as a mandatory requirement provided your medium of education was in English and your score in English is above 95% during your 12th standard. However, it would be a good idea to obtain an IELTS score anyway, which might come handy to obtain some scholarships as well as when you look for a part-time or full-time job.
Never. IELTS reading passages or question are never repeated.
Not really. IELTS writing questions are typically prepared for each quarter and they are changed every 3 months. Therefore, within the same season, there are possibilities that you might get questions others might have got already during previous test days. Usually, questions are not repeated across different seasons (quarter). However, it has been observed that topics are sometimes slightly tweaked versions of previously asked questions across seasons or even across years.

Speaking test has three parts.

Part one is a section where simple questions about you will be asked. First 3-4 questions are always the same. After this they could ask any questions about you or your surroundings or your preferences. Usually, these will be simple questions. This section will test your ability to strike a conversation with a stranger smoothly in English. Make sure that you answer these questions spontaneously.

Part 2 is Cue card-based questions where you will have to speak continuously for 2 minutes after 1 minute of preparation. Cue card topics are usually prepared and released for each quarter and are changed every quarter. Therefore, there are chances that these topics are repeated within the same quarter.

Part 3 is always opinion-based questions where your view on various aspects related to the Cue card topics will be asked. Your ability to articulate and convincingly put across your thoughts are assessed. As that of part 2, these questions are also likely to be repeated within each quarter or season.

Never. IELTS listening passages or question are never repeated.

IELTS writing evaluation is done based on the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement (Task1) and Task response (Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Grammar and accuracy
  • Lexical resource

Therefore, structuring a writing task is of paramount importance as this would be get good score for Coherence and Cohesion and in turn will satisfy the task achievement/response too. Using different sentence types and using variety of linking words would help you score high in Grammar and Accuracy criteria.