The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS test, is a standardized test that measures the English skills of international students who are undergoing the university admissions process. If you’re enrolled in a language school or are taking private lessons from a tutor to learn English for the IELTS test, your bilingual educator can help you begin preparing for the IELTS test. Use this guide to the format of the IELTS test to boost your English skills before the test.

Listening Section

The listening section evaluates your ability to understand the English language when it is spoken aloud. Your English skills will be tested using two spoken monologues and two spoken conversations. The section is thirty minutes long, and each piece will only be played one time.

Reading and Writing Sections

The reading section of the IELTS test is sixty minutes long and consists of forty questions. This section measures your English reading skills, and you will read several long texts and then answer questions about the texts’ meaning, tone, purpose, themes, arguments, and ideas. The writing section is also sixty minutes long, and evaluates the written English skills of international students who are applying for University admission. You will need to write one essay, and also answer short questions about different academic topics.

Speaking Section

The speaking section of the IELTS test is very brief, and consists of three parts. This part of the test is administered by an examiner and recorded. During the first part, the examiner will evaluate your oral English skills by asking you questions about yourself. Next, you’ll be asked to speak about a particular topic. During the third part, you will be asked questions about the previous topic.

If you’re in international student in Boston who wants to learn English or develop English skills in preparation for the IELTS test, come see us at ASC English School. Our experienced bilingual teachers can prepare you for the IELTS through intensive ESL classes or private tutoring. To learn more about our language school and ESL classes, call us today at (617) 860-3212.