IELTS PRACTICE

Doing IELTS Practice is a good idea when studying English as a Second Language and wanting to also pass the IELTS, TOEIC or TOEFL exams.

The following are some of the main resources.

EXAM ENGLISH.com provides excellent information for testing across a variety of certifications.

http://www.examenglish.com/

The resources page on this page, will help you find the best place for you to prepare and where to take the tests.

IMPORTANT – practice, practice, practice!

Don’t take a test before you have really prepared well. 

Give yourself time, and if needed, get good tutoring either with a teacher in your area or online.

Failing a test is discouraging, but more so if you have not put sufficient time and effort into IELTS practice and preparation.

The three main test are IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC – see the pages on this APP for a guide and links for preparation and practice

IELTS AND TOEFL are for entry into universities.

TOEIC is for work and business employment.

Note: IELTS is for English countries OTHER than North America.


THE THREE MAIN TESTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries (except North America)

Who is it for?

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. Check with your target college or university in the USA and Canada whether they require TOEFL or IELTS.

 It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

More than 1.4 million people a year take the test.

What is the IELTS test like?

You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.

The test has four sections:

1. Listening - 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes

2. Speaking - interview, 15 minutes

3. Reading - different for Academic or General Training - 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes

4. Writing - different for Academic or General Training - pieces of writing, 60 minutes

PRACTICE RESOURCES

IELTS Practice by working with these resources can be a major means for developing needed language skills as well as preparing for the tests.

IELTS – Good Practice websites

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/free-practice-tests

http://www.ielts-exam.net/index.php?option...id=15&Itemid=64

TestPrepPractice.net

http://www.testpreppractice.net/IELTS/Free-Online-IELTS-Practice-Tests.aspx


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for entry to North American Universities

The essential exam for entry to most universities in the United States.

Who is it for?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings.

Most people who take the TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities where instruction is in English.

In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.

TOEFL- Good Practice websites

http://www.stuff.co.uk/toefl.htm

International English Institute (New Zealand)

http://www.testpreppractice.net/TOEFL/Free-Online-TOEFL-Practice-Tests.aspx

For More Information

http://esl.about.com/cs/toefl/a/a_toefl.htm

 

TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)

This is suitable for work and business employment

TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations etc.).

Who is it for?

The Test is used by organisations to determine whether an employee is suitable for a particular task. If you work or want to work for a large organisation particularly in Asia, then the TOEIC test will be useful to you.

What is the TOEIC test like?

There are two separate parts to the TOEIC test:

The Listening and Reading test is a paper and pencil test that takes 2.5 hours and is taken at a test centre.

The Speaking and Writing test is an online test that is taken in a test centre and takes 90 minutes. The Speaking and Writing test is a new test which is only available in some countries.

TOEIC - Good Practice websites

International English Institute (New Zealand)

http://www.ieinz.com/english/test_noframe.html

English Club

http://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/ets-toeic-practice.htm

 

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