For those who are new to the world of IELTS, it is an English language proficiency test necessary for either studying or living in countries where the medium of communication is English. The test scores are valid for almost two years and one can either apply for PR using it or go for studies. With IELTS, there are two formats related to the exam –
General – IELTS general is the gateway for job in foreign countries.
Academic – IELTS academic is taken by students who are planning to study abroad.
IELTS score is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and has become a mandatory test for studying in Australia. One cannot be granted Australia visa without passing the IELTS test! Although, earlier TOEFL was the preferred form of test in the USA, slowly IELTS has stepped onto the territory of the United States, with many US universities accepting IELTS score.
All other study destinations either require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS.
The World Speaks IELTS
IELTS evaluates your English language ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening). A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide. Individuals can repeat the test in the intervals of 90 days. In recent times, the IELTS has now become even computerized. So, earlier, where you could take IELTS using pen and paper, you can now take it even on computer!
Meeting the task requirements
When you begin the writing test, look at the illustration (flow chart, diagram etc) and try to work out what the important stages are, the order they occur and any obvious reasons for the order. Your report must include every stage shown in the diagram or flow chart.
When looking at the illustration, be careful to distinguish stages which happen concurrently. (A is performed at the same time as B) and others which are alternatives (either A or B is performed). The flow chart given in the Sample Task demonstrates this problem. Look at the stages for the writing test. In the second stage we can see that the writing paper is marked by an examiner. It is then sent to the examination board while at the same time the marks are sent to an administrator. These events occur concurrently. In the final stage, the papers are either stored or reassessed. These events are alternatives.
It may happen that the diagram does not make much sense to you at first glance. Look for a starting point and follow through the stages in your mind before beginning to write. If it’s still not making sense, then go on to Task Two but make sure that you give yourself 20 minutes to complete the report before the end of the writing test time. It often happens that our brains can sort problems out for us even when we are focusing on something else.
The University of St. Thomas is located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The University of St. Thomas currently has over 400 students from 59 different countries, representing every continent. They have an active Office of International Student Services that assists students with cultural change, integrating with local students and they also host fun outings to local sights and destinations.
The University of St. Thomas’s minimum IELTS score requirement is a 6.5 for all of their academic programs.