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IELTS

Top IELTS coaching in India

Touchstone is the No.1 IELTS Institute of India and is synonymous with quality IELTS training. We have the honour of being the only institute in the country to have Cambridge University Press as our knowledge partner. Touchstone uses the official IELTS preparation material produced by Cambridge University Press. Our trainers are also certified by Cambridge University Press. Touchstone offers the most comprehensive IELTS training; and our programmes are crafted to give sufficient practice to students in the techniques needed for taking the IELTS test with full confidence. Our focused training gives the candidates a strong base in English, with which they are able to score the highest bands in IELTS.


Why IELTS?

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. 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?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is conducted by three institutions, namely, the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment (University of Cambridge).


PURPOSE :

  • IELTS is the most impartial and trustworthy English proficiency test available for the purposes of study, work, and immigration.
  • Most academic institutions in English-speaking countries, like, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and an increasing number of educational institutions in the United States, accept IELTS for study.
  • For work purposes, many professional organisations recognise IELTS as the standard test.
  • For migration, IELTS is required or accepted for permanent residency by the governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

  • VALUE :

  • IELTS is developed by education and language experts with a vast experience in teaching English, conducting exams and producing educational content.
  • IELTS test material is exhaustively researched and is constantly in the process of being reviewed and updated by experts and academics.
  • In view of the varied backgrounds, nationalities, genders, of the people taking the IELTS exam, care is taken to ensure that the test is unbiased and neutral.
  • It is an internationally relevant test because it accepts both British and American spellings.
  • The test makes use of Australian, British and American accents, thus covering the major English-speaking accents.

  • VERSIONS :

    There are two versions of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The purpose of both tests is different and the one you take will depend on the requirements of the academic institution you plan to study in, your work/professional or visa requirements.

  • IELTS Academic: This test is meant for students wishing to study at universities and institutes of higher education in countries where English is the medium of instruction in the classroom. Many professions, like, medical, nursing, engineering etc., also require an IELTS Academic result for registration. The Academic test is designed to assess the proficiency in English required in an academic and higher learning environment.
  • IELTS General Training: This test is usually a visa requirement for those applying for permanent residency to English speaking countries, such as, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Persons going to these countries for training programmes, employment or secondary education, are required to take this test. IELTS General Training is intended to test the English skills that an immigrant or a worker would need for communication in the workplace and in an everyday environment.

  • SCORING SYSTEM :

  • >The IELTS test does not pass or fail a student, instead, the IELTS scoring system uses a band scale of 0 – 9 to assess the proficiency of the candidate.
  • There are different band requirements for each country, institution, organization, and candidates will need to score accordingly.
  • Sometimes the band requirements differ for visa and your chosen institution/organization/profession/employer.
  • The IELTS test results have a validity of two years and you will be required to retake the test beyond that time period.

  • IELTS TEST FORMAT

    The test is divided into two broad sections: Academic & General Training. Both versions of the test include the same Listening and Speaking components and different Reading and Writing components.


    ACADEMIC - IELTS Academic is divided into four sections

    Learning

    The test is of 30 minutes and 10 minutes are given extra for transferring answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on monologues and conversations.

    Reading

    The test is of 60 minutes in which students are tested on reading passages with tasks, text from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical, diagrams, graph, text from books , journals, and newspapers.

    Writing

    The test is of 60 minutes, which comprises of writing task of 150 words, describing tables, graphs, charts, diagrams and a short essay of 250 words.

    Speaking

    Speaking test is of 11 to 14 minutes. In this test, candidates are put through face to face interview, short questions, speaking on a familiar topic and a discussion.


    GENERAL - IELTS General Training is also divided into four sections

    Learning

    The test is of 30 minutes and 10 minutes are given extra for transferring answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on monologues and conversations.

    Reading

    The test is of 60 minutes in which students are tested on reading passages with tasks, text from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical, diagrams, graph, text from books , journals, and newspapers.

    Writing

    The test is of 60 minutes, which comprises of writing task of 150 words, describing tables, graphs, charts, diagrams and a short essay of 250 words.

    Speaking

    Speaking test is of 11 to 14 minutes. In this test, candidates are put through face to face interview, short questions, speaking on a familiar topic and a discussion.


    HOW ARE BANDS ALLOTTED?

    Candidates are judged on a band scale of 1 to 9 in each part of the test. These bands clearly mentions a candidate's ability to use and understand English. IELTS results are valid only for 2 years. There is no pass or fail system in IELTS test.