How is the Academic IELTS Exam Speaking Module Assessed?
This article is for students preparing for the Academic IELTS test and want to know how the speaking part is assessed. This exam module aims to check students’ ability to communicate effectively in English.
English speaking skills are tested by certified examiners who are appointed by the IELTS exam centre and approved by the British Council. The candidate’s speaking performance is assessed using detailed performance descriptions relating to the nine IELTS bands and using four different criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. All these criteria have equal weighting.
This criterion assesses the capability of speaking with natural levels o continuity, rate and effort as well as the ability to link ideas and language together to compose coherent, connected speech. Speech continuity and rate present evidence of speaking fluency. The coherence criterion considers logical sequencing of sentences, marking stages of discussion clearly, narration or argument as well as the use of cohesive devices (e.g. pronouns, connectors and conjunctions). Read more
How is the Academic IELTS Writing Exam Module Assessed?
If you are preparing for the Academic IELTS exam this article will help you to understand how you’re the Academic Writing task is assessed.
The Academic IELTS Writing Test consists of Task 1 and Task 2, each of them is assessed independently. The IELTS examiner marks the candidate’s responses using performance descriptors corresponding to nine IELTS bands.
IELTS Writing Task 1 responses are rated using the following four criteria:
Task Achievement Academic Writing Task 1 is an information transfer task with a specified response where you need to draw on the factual content of a diagram. Remember, on this task you are not expected to speculate or explain anything outside of the input material. This is not a creativity task, stick to the content given. Your text must be at least 150 words in length. Read more
The meaning of ‘IELTS’ explained and exam taking tips
If you are thinking about taking an English exam and not sure which to choose you may be asking what is the IELTS exam. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is the most popular English proficiency test in the world. It is designed to assess your language ability to determine if you can adequately study or work where English is the primary language.
Since 1989, IELTS has proven to be a secure and valid test recognised by universities and employers in over 130 countries, including: the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is also recognised by immigration authorities, professional bodies and other government agencies.
Yes. To book your English course online, request a placement test and we will send it to you by e-mail. Registration form can be also sent by e-mail.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, on your request. It is a good idea to collect certificates showing your progress in English and add them to your professional portfolio. There is an administration fee of £5 for the issue of a certificate.
Is there a registration fee?
No. Many English schools charge registration fees, but we don’t. You will only pay your course fees. However, if you book other services with us, additional fees may apply.
Do I need a course book?
If you attend our part-time English courses, you will need to buy a course book. With our intensive English courses student books are available to buy or borrow from the school.
What if I miss my class?
Don’t worry, if you miss one or two lessons, you will be able to follow your course. Ask your teacher what was done, check with a colleague their notes and your text book.