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‘A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work’

7.6 billion People in the world and each one of them has a dream which they wish to turn into a beautiful reality. But, only a few are able to live their dream and the rest just live with their unfulfilled dream. The major difference between the achievers and non-achievers is their commitment towards their …

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Want to study abroad: experts are here to help?

Indian students are known all over the world for their skills and high IQ. People of Indian origin form a major part of the highly skilled workforce in Medical , space research, information technology and scientific research & development sectors of the developed countries. Innumerable Indian students go abroad to pursue higher education. The blend …

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Importance of work experience when applying for an MBA program abroad

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program has always been in high demand. Many top notch Business Schools in countries like UK, USA, Australia, and Canada offer an integrated MBA program. An MBA degree holder from most of the foreign universities gets the advantage of being preferred by top business organizations. Every year, a large …

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Most Influential Reasons to Study in Canada

Studying abroad and acquiring a degree from an acknowledged college is a dream of most of the students. Canada is one such well-known study destination. Picking the goal is the initial step of your choice to study abroad. There are different motivations to study in Canada. With Touchstone, you can discover your preferred course and …

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Top courses to study in Canada

Canada stands among the finest and the most preferred education destinations for Indian students. The universities of Canada are internationally acclaimed and provide degrees and diplomas to students that hold equal prestige as a degree from the US but costs far lesser. Being educationally excellent and economically adjustable, why wouldn’t you go to Canada for …

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Expert guidance on finding a rental abroad

When thinking about studying abroad – one of the thoughts that worries us a lot is our residential crisis. Since one does not know a lot of people in a foreign land, it becomes a state of constant concern until otherwise. Dormitories. Flats. Homestays. What would you choose? If you are reconsidering your decision because …

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Listening

The IELTS Listening test consists of four recordings (four parts) from native English speakers with ten (10) questions in each recording (part).

Recording 1: an everyday social conversation between two people

Recording 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context

Recording 3: an educational conversation with upto four people

Recording 4: a monologue on an academic subject

Listening test scores will be based on your ability to understand the main ideas,
factual information, opinions, attitude and purpose of the speaker and your ability
to follow the development of ideas.

No. of questions: 40 Marks:

each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 30 minutes (+ 2 minutes review time )

Speaking

The IELTS Speaking test assesses your pronunciation, grammar, accuracy, fluency and lexical resources while speaking English. There are three (3) parts to this test, with each part fulfilling a specific function in terms of task input, interaction pattern and the test taker’s output.

Part 1: Introduction & Interview This part includes general questions about the test taker like residence, work,family, interests, etc.

Part 2: Long Run Cue cards are shared on a particular topic and one (1) minute will be given to prepare to speak for upto two (2) minutes on the topic.

Part 3: Discussion This part gives you the opportunity to discuss the topic from the cue card in further detail, in a more general and abstract way

Total time: 11-14 minutes

Reading

The IELTS Reading test is designed to test a wide range of reading skills including reading for skimming, details, gist, understanding arguments and writer’s opinions,attitude and purpose

IELTS Academic Reading – It includes three (3) reading passages (with a variety of questions) ranging from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. These passages are of general interest dealing with interesting and recognizably appropriate issues, with at least one passage containing a detailed logical argument

Note: The reading texts may contain non-verbal materials as well like graphs, diagrams or illustrations.

IELTS General Reading – It includes three (3) daily passages (with 2-3 short texts in the first passage, 2 texts in the second passage and 1 long text in the third passage), based on an English-speaking environment, from notices, newspapers, magazines or advertisements.

Reading passage 1: texts based on social survival, like advertisements, notices and timetables

Reading passage 2: texts based on workplace survival, like contracts, job descriptions, staff development & training material

Reading passage 3: texts based on general reading, involving more extended prose and a complex structure.

No. of questions: 40

Marks: each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 60 minutes (no additional transfer time)

Note: Please note that the question types in the Listening & Reading sections can include multiple choice answers, true or false answers, matching information/headings or sentence, table & flow-chart completion.

Listening

The IELTS Listening test consists of four recordings (four parts) from native English speakers with ten (10) questions in each recording (part).

Recording 1: an everyday social conversation between two people

Recording 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context

Recording 3: an educational conversation with upto four people

Recording 4: a monologue on an academic subject

Listening test scores will be based on your ability to understand the main ideas,
factual information, opinions, attitude and purpose of the speaker and your ability
to follow the development of ideas.

No. of questions: 40 Marks:

each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 30 minutes (+10 minutes transfer time)