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Generally speaking:

You should take IELTS if:

You are applying for a UK Tier 4 student visa to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree You are applying for UK professional registration (for example as a dentist, doctor or nurse) Book a test - here
You should take IELTS for UKVI if: You are making a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application You are applying for a UK family visa or settlement More information - here Book a test - here

WHICH TEST DO I NEED TO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE UK?

IELTS GRADING

The Academic and General Training papers are graded to the same scale. You will be given a

score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average

produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5,

7.5) bands in each part of the test.

Your overall band score

Your overall band score is calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components

(Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally weighted.

Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.

For example:

If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of

6.5. Total score of 25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.

If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of

4.0. Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.

IELTS Examiners

IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated examiners, all of whom are qualified and experienced English language specialists. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures. The process: 1. Recruitment All applicants for the post of examiner must have the qualifications and experience outlined above. Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview. The applicant’s professional attributes and interpersonal skills are assessed at three stages in the recruitment process: application form, interview and training. 2. Induction Following an interview, successful applicants complete an induction process. 3. Training Applicants who successfully complete induction proceed to training in Writing and Speaking assessment, which is carried out by an examiner trainer and lasts four days. 4. Certification Applicants then complete a certification set to demonstrate that they can apply the assessment criteria accurately and reliably. If successful, they become qualified examiners. 5. Monitoring Examiners are monitored by examiner trainers up to four times a year and at least once every two years. New examiners (and those who have not recently worked as IELTS examiners) are monitored at least three times in their first year. All examiners receive written feedback on their ratings and also on the delivery of the Speaking test. They may be required to take corrective action if any issues are raised about their performance. 6. Standardisation and re-certification Standardisation is completed at the centre and takes place as close as possible to the 2-yearly re-certification of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the examiners then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply the assessment criteria accurately.
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WHICH TEST DO I NEED TO LIVE, STUDY OR

WORK IN THE UK?

Generally speaking:

You should take IELTS if:

You are applying for a UK Tier 4 student visa to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree You are applying for UK professional registration (for example as a dentist, doctor or nurse) Book a test - here
You should take IELTS for UKVI if: You are making a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application You are applying for a UK family visa or settlement More information - here Book a test - here
30 YEARS  EST. 1988

IELTS GRADING

The Academic and General Training

papers are graded to the same

scale. You will be given a score from

1 to 9 for each part of the test –

Listening, Reading, Writing and

Speaking. The average produces

your overall band score. You can

score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or

half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in

each part of the test.

Your overall band score

Your overall band score is

calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening,

Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally

weighted. Your overall band score is rounded to the nearest whole or half band.

For example:

If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for

Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5. Total score of

25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.

If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for

Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0. Total score of

15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.

IELTS Examiners

IELTS Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated examiners, all of whom are qualified and experienced English language specialists. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures. The process: 1. Recruitment All applicants for the post of examiner must have the qualifications and experience outlined above. Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview. The applicant’s professional attributes and interpersonal skills are assessed at three stages in the recruitment process: application form, interview and training. 2. Induction Following an interview, successful applicants complete an induction process. 3. Training Applicants who successfully complete induction proceed to training in Writing and Speaking assessment, which is carried out by an examiner trainer and lasts four days. 4. Certification Applicants then complete a certification set to demonstrate that they can apply the assessment criteria accurately and reliably. If successful, they become qualified examiners. 5. Monitoring Examiners are monitored by examiner trainers up to four times a year and at least once every two years. New examiners (and those who have not recently worked as IELTS examiners) are monitored at least three times in their first year. All examiners receive written feedback on their ratings and also on the delivery of the Speaking test. They may be required to take corrective action if any issues are raised about their performance. 6. Standardisation and re-certification Standardisation is completed at the centre and takes place as close as possible to the 2-yearly re-certification of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the examiners then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply the assessment criteria accurately.