Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Take an IELTS Test
Exams are a great way to demonstrate your English level, but when there are so many to choose from, how do you know which one to take? Here Scots is going to look at some reasons for taking IELTS test.
The popularity of the IELTS test is undeniable nowadays. Multitudes of people from different non-English speaking countries have already taken or have been preparing for this exam. Though IELTS is said to be a challenging test, the number of candidates keeps growing. Are you one of over 2 million IELTS candidates who has taken the test each year?
There are many reasons why individuals should take the IELTS test. Here Scots lists 6 reasons!
1. Its coverage
IELTS is the world’s most popular English test with over 2 million IELTS tests taken every year, accepted by over 9 thousand organisations in 140 countries for education, employment and immigration purposes.
2. Good English evaluation
The IELTS test assesses all of your English language skills in less than 3 hours. While other tests focus on reading and listening comprehension skills with an added writing component, IELTS is different. IELTS not only tests your passive skills but also your speaking through a live conversation with an IELTS examiner. This 15-minute portion of the test adds credibility to the holder of IELTS certificate. It tells organisations how well you can use your English skills in real-world situations.
3. A test that is fairer to you
The IELTS test is the only English exam where your speaking test is face-to-face with an examiner in a private room. That means, no computers, no distractions and no interruptions.
4. A better format
With IELTS, you can answer questions within the Writing test or within the Reading test in the order that suits you. You can also change your Reading answers during the Reading test and adjust your Writing responses during the Writing test.
5. Specific scores requested by schools and companies in the world
When a school, company or organisation requests the IELTS test as a requirement for any application process, a minimum score that you need to apply is commonly requested. The IELTS’s Global Recognition System would tell you which organisations accept IELTS and the minimum results required by them.
6. Two kinds of test to choose from
There are two kinds or ‘modules’ to the IELTS examination. The Academic Module is suitable for students wishing to complete academic study at degree level in an English-speaking country.General Training Module is more suited to people wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country like Australia. It is also suitable for students who wish to study at in courses taught at diploma level only.
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7. British English or American English? Both!
Regarding spelling, grammar and word choices, IELTS covers both British English and American English. Whether you wish to study in the UK, in the US or in another English-speaking country like Australia, IELTS gives you the chance to practise different native English accents. This is because the test is designed by Australians, New Zealanders, British and Americans, who try to develop a real approach to English variations.
8. Researched and unbiased content
The IELTS test content is developed by an international expert team, and researched extensively to ensure the test is fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, location, gender, background or lifestyle.
9. Regular testing
Though test dates vary by test locations, IELTS tests are held four times a month.
10. Being motivated to study harder
That is because you will have a clear goal. Unless you have clear aims and objectives, it is easy to put off studying for another day. Taking the IELTS test motivates you to study hard and skill up your English.
Originally published at scotsenglish.edu.au.