IELTS 2020 IELTS ACADEMIC
IELTS exam measures English language proficiency of candidates. There are two formats in this exam-IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. IELTS exam is conducted by British Council and IDP Education. IELTS Academic test is for those candidates who want to pursue higher education in English speaking nations. Countries that recognize IELTS exam scores are Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
There are four components in IELTS exam pattern - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. In both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, listening and speaking components are similar. Writing and Reading components differ due to its approach. Total duration of exam is 2hrs 45mnts. There are a total of four components in IELTS Academic Test section.
There are 48 fixed dates for IELTS exams. Among those 48 dates, IELTS Academic test schedule is present for all the dates along with IELTS General Training. List of IELTS exam dates is given below
|January||January 4, 2020||Academic|
|January 11, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|January 16, 2020||Academic|
|January 18, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|February||February 1, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|February 8, 2020||Academic|
|February 13, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|February 22, 2020||Academic|
|March||March 5, 2020||Academic|
|March 7, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|March 14, 2020||Academic only|
|March 21, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|April||April 4, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|April 11, 2020||Academic|
|April 18, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|April 30, 2020||Academic|
|May||May 9, 2020||Academic|
|May 16, 2020||Academic|
|May 21, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|May 30, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|June||June 6, 2020||Academic|
|June 13, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|June 18, 2020||Academic|
|June 20, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|July||July 2, 2020||Academic|
|July 11, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|July 18, 2020||Academic|
|July 25, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|August||August 6, 2020||Academic|
|August 8, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|August 22, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|August 29, 2020||Academic|
|September||September 5, 2020||Academic|
|September 12, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|September 17, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|September 26, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|October||October 10, 2020||Academic|
|October 15, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|October 24, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|October 31, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|November||November 7, 2020||Academic|
|November 12, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|November 21, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|November 28, 2020||Academic|
|December||December 3, 2020||Academic|
|December 5, 2020||Academic and General Training|
|December 12, 2020||Academic|
|December 19, 2020||Academic and General Training|
Test takers have to listen to pre-recorded recordings to answer these sections. Questions can be MCQ type, fill in the blanks, flowcharts, or tables. In India, an individual is well acquainted with listening English content. It is a major reason to score the best in a listening band.
IELTS exam band score conversion table is presented at the end of exam. There are 40 questions in this section. Each question carries 1 mark. Therefore, score out of 40 will be converted into IELTS 9 band scale. Test taker will be marked out of 9. Grammatical and spelling mistakes will be penalized.
IELTS Academic Speaking section measures spoken English skills of the test taker. Total time allotted for this section is 11-14minutes. Examiners measure the skills of candidates on four criteria- accuracy and usage of grammar, coherence and fluency, lexical resource and pronunciation. Each criteria has a weightage value of 25%
IELTS Academic Speaking section is marked on four criteria mentioned before. Examiner will mark with the ability to comprehend speech given by the test taker. Each criteria carries 25% of the total mark. Test takers are marked on basis of usage of vocabulary, correct grammar, coherence and fluency, lexical resource and pronunciation.
In IELTS Academic writing section, both tasks carry different weightage. Examiners mark the test takers after assessing responses given to questions. This section is marked on basis of four criteria- task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resources and correct usage of grammar. Marks are given either in half bands or whole bands.
In IELTS Academic Reading section, test takers have to answer 40 questions in 60 minutes. Examiners measure analytical, logical and deductive skills of the test takers. After marking, Cambridge Assessment English further analyzes the scoring band. Scores are given out of 40 which is later converted to IELTS score band of 9.
As per data available for IELTS exam, it is noticed that IELTS Academic test is taken by larger section of candidates as compared to IELTS General Training. Mostly the test takers want to travel to English speaking nations to achieve a better future. Compared to employment purposes, test takers write IELTS Academic for pursuing academic excellence in English speaking nations.
As the graph mentioned above, female test takers score better in all sections as compared to male test takers. Every year, thousands of students take IELTS Academic test for securing admission to the best universities in the world. As per data collected, the mean score band for IELTS Academic is 6.1. To get admission into the best universities of UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or USA, the test takers have to score a minimum 0f 7 out of 9. It is also seen in the writing section in IELTS Academic, the test takers score the least. Before appearing for IELTS exam, one should have a proper IELTS Exam Preparation schedule. One requires a minimum of 6 months to score good in IELTS exam. Focus on weak sections for better improvement.
IELTS Academic requires rigorous practice to secure good marks in overall band score. For this, test takers require to practice study materials available online other than books available. Practice IELTS exam sample papers to get an overall idea of the exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College