The IELTS exam is different to the other Cambridge English exams because it is considered multi-level, this means that the test is structured so that you can achieve any result between a B1 and a C1, just that the results of the IELTS exam is given as a score instead. This exam is widely recognised by universities and companies globally and is often the preferred certificate to demonstrate your language abilities.
The IETLS exam is in four parts; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking with each part representing 25% of the overall score. Depending on the abilities you demonstrate in each section you will get a total score between 1 and 9. To read more about this, check out our post on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is possible to take the IELTS as Academic or General, but this depends on your future intentions. The exam is paper-based and takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes. Most exam centers offer this exam every month.
Preparing for the IELTS exam is similar to the Cambridge English courses but with a little extra test practice. Students often find time management difficult and the best way to get used to this is with practice. The difference between the Academic and General exams is in the Reading and Writing papers, specifically in the topics you will have to read and write about. In the Academic exam you are expected to read and understand academic texts as well as to write in a high-level academic style. The General test offers more day-to-day texts and requires you to write, usually formal, communicative texts.
At Harper Morgan English, we understand that your language abilities and your test results may differ, especially in such a high stakes exam. This is why we offer supplementary material to our students to help them gain confidence in their exam taking. We also understand how important it is to develop the necessary language skills to achieve the scores you want and we will offer any advice and guidance you need to reach your goals.