Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the IELTS exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the IELTS exam.

1. What should I go through for practice?
Make sure you go through a lot of practice material before appearing for the exam. This would help you understand and handle the modules better.
Cambridge practice books are easily available online in PDF formats.
You shall also be receiving your own copy of IELTS practice book as soon as you register for the examination.

2. What is the ideal timing for each module?
Generally, you get 60 minutes in each module.
In the Listening module, the module is of 40 minutes in total - 30 minutes of listening and 10 minutes for transferring your answers to the answer sheet.

In the Reading module, you have 60 minutes to solve 3 unseen passages. Try to finish all 3 as soon as possible. This would give you time to go through your answers and verify them.

In the Writing module, you have 60 minutes for 2 tasks. Try to divide your time as 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.

The Speaking module is a one-to-one personal interview. Should generally take 15-20 minutes. The speaking test may happen a day prior or later to your exam or may happen even on the same evening.

3. What stationery items should I carry?
Your stationery items should ideally include:
2 pens, 3 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener, 1 scale
IMP! - Avoid bringing a brand new (sealed/unopened) pen or pencil for the exam.
I recommend you test the pen beforehand and also sharpen all 3 pencils well in advance.

Moreover, during the exam if your pencil's lead breaks or if it falls down while writing, don't waste time picking it up. Just grab the second pencil and continue writing.

4. What are the requirements at the examination hall?
Before allowing you to enter your examination hall, you would be required to display your Passport for identification.
Remember! You MUST have your original passport at the time of your examination.

5. What can I carry in the hall?
Practically, just three things!
Your stationery should be in your hand. No boxes are allowed.
Your original passport.
A photocopy of the letter stating your Candidate Number.


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  5. Well done Abijah for a very informative site!

    Please allow me, if I may, to add a small correction.

    The Listening Section is a total of 40 minutes, as opposed to 50. So, it's 30 minutes listening and 10 minutes transferring.

    Thanks again!

    Best regards,
    Mr. Shaw,

    1. Agreed. Thanks for pointing that out.

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