IELTS Test Preparation Vocabulary

IELTS Test Preparation

IELTS Test Preparation

What Is IELTS?

IELTS (or International English Language Testing System) is a standardized test that measures the language proficiency of non-English speakers. it is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration.

Which Countries Accept IELTS?

IELTS is accepted by most academic institutions or oganizations across the world such as:

  1. The United States
  2. UK
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. New Zealand
  6. Australia

What Is The Required Score?

Everybody who takes this exam will be issued an IELTS result. This result is ranged from 0 to 9:

Band 0 Did not attempt the test
Band 1 Non User
Band 2 Intermittent User
Band 3 Extremely Limited User
Band 4 Limited User
Band 5 Modest user
Band 6 Competent User
Band 7 Good User
Band 8 Very Good User
Band 9 Expert User

IELTS Test: Modules

IELTS test has two modules:

  1. Academic: for those who want to study in universities or work in an English-speaking country
  2. General Training: for those who want to work or study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country

IELTS Test: Structure

The IELTS test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and it has four parts:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking


The listening part of the test has four parts, each with ten questions. this part will take 30 minutes plus 10 for writing down the answers in the answer sheet:

  1. Parts 1 and 2: every day, social situations
  2. Parts 3 and 4: educational and training situations


The Reading has three parts. Each has various questions, such as multiple-choice, short-answer questions, identifying information, labeling diagrams, summarizing using words taken from the text, and matching tests:

  1. IELTS Academic: Three texts from books, journals, magazines, newspapers and online resources
  2. IELTS General Training: two or three short texts about everyday topics/two texts about work/one long text about a topic of general interest


The Writing has two parts. In Part 1, one should write at least 150 words in about 20 minutes and in Part 2 test takers should write at least 250 words in about 40 minutes:

  1. IELTS Academic Part 1: describing a graph, table, chart, map, etc.
  2. IELTS Academic Part 2: discussing a point of view, argument, problem, etc.
  3. IELTS General Training Part 1: writing a letter in response to a given everyday situation
  4. IELTS General Training Part 2: writing an essay about a topic of general interests


The speaking contains three parts:

  1. Part 1: introduction (4–5 minutes): Talking about home, family, work, studies, hobbies, etc.
  2. Part 2: long turn (3–4 minutes): Talking about a particular topic written on a card
  3. Part 3: discussions (4–5 minutes): Discussing that particular topic with the examiner
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