IELTS is a test of English language ability for students
and personnel worldwide. It is the preferred language test by institutions,
universities and corporations in the United Kingdom, Australia and New
Zealand. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge Examinations
Syndicate, the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
IELTS assesses the ability to use English in communication
in all of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The
test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The modules are taken in the following order. The Speaking
Module may be administered before or after the other three modules.
4 sections, 40 questions
3 sections, 40 questions
There is no pass or fail mark. The assessment will be reported according
to a scale from bands 1 to 9. Candidates receive a band score for each
of the four modules of the test and an overall band score. Each Band corresponds
to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of a candidate’s
English language ability at that level. Band 1 indicates that the candidate
has virtually no English at all while Band 9 is near native/native speaker proficiency.
The test questions and tasks have been designed to reflect
the general interests of people from an educated background. You will
therefore not be required to have any specialist knowledge.
There are two different IELTS tests: Academic and General.
The information on this site is about the Academic test as this is the
test you will have to take.
For further information about the test and the official IELTS Handbook, visit the official IELTS website. http://www.ielts.org/
APPLYING FOR THE EXAM
You can take the test with IDP or British Council in Hong Kong. You need to check with these providers for exam application, exam dates and fees.
IDP www.ieltshongkong.hk 2827 6362
British Council http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/exam/ielts 2913 5100