The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test and Voxcel offers best IELTS Coaching in Ludhiana, Punjab. The IELTS exam is generally written by the students wanting to a foreign country to study, work, and migrate. The exam is taken by two international organizations: British Council and IDP Education. Last year, around 5 million IELTS tests were conducted and the number is increasing with each passing year. It is the only English test that is accepted by all the academic institutions and embassies worldwide.
There are two types of IELTS test: General and Academic. Both the tests are for different purposes. It’s not a rocket science to choose the right category for your visa application.
If you want to go to a foreign country for higher or further education, you will have to take IELTS test under the academic category. All the reputed colleges and universities have set their own minimum requirement of the test score for getting admission in their campus.
This category covers work visa and immigration. This test basically ensures that you are accustomed to English enough for your survival and day-to-day needs for communication.
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Preparation for IELTS
To get an admission in your dream university in a foreign country or to secure a work/PR visa for another country, it is must to achieve a certain set of scores called bands in IELTS test. For this, you have to prepare in the right direction in accordance to the test format set by the official authorities to determine your English language skills. Moreover, it’s important to know the criteria of different modules to prepare for better scores.
Part 1: IELTS Listening Section
As clear from its name, the listening test will be a test of your understanding ability. A recorded CD will be played to you but only once. During the test, a set of questions will be given to you, which you have to answer while listening to the recording. You will also be given some time to check your answers. Candidates are allowed to write the answers on the question paper, because they will be given 10 minutes to write their answers on the answer sheet after the completion of the whole audio. The different sections of the listening module in native speaker’s accent will be played to the candidates.
- Part 1: A conversation between two people set in everyday social context.
- Part 2: A monologue set in an everyday context.
- Part 3: A conversation between up to four people set in an educational context; e.g., university tutor.
- Part 4: A monologue is given on any academic subject. Example, lecture in a university.
Listening Evaluation – There will be 40 questions in this set. 1 mark will be awarded for each right answer. There is no negative marking or penalty for the wrong answers.
How Voxcel helps in Listening improvement?
The listening test is not tough as it’s thought to be. Many students don’t know the importance of a good grammar and they also underestimate the power of active listening. We encourage students to listen podcasts, watch films, sports commentaries, and also, listen English songs. The main thing is whatever you do, do it actively. Time-to-time, we show students English movies in our smart classes and do thorough discussion on them. This not only develops their English listening skills, but also develop their personality.
Moreover, over listening modules are designed according to the current difficulty level of the exam. All of them have a map which students often find troublesome. We do practice of it on the Big screen TV using 2.1 speakers so leaners can see how to solve them without running from them.
Part 2: IELTS Reading Section
In this section, there are a wide variety of questions to test candidate’s reading skills and his/her level of understanding the language. The test includes reading of a gist, reading for main ideas, skimming, reading for details, understanding logical arguments, recognizing writer’s opinions, attitude and purpose. This section will have 40 questions, which will be based on three reading passages.
It will have different contents for Academic and General IELTS.
Academic Training Test
In this section of IELTS test, there are three long and descriptive texts, which also contain graphical images, if so then glossary will be given to facilitate students. The topics will be picked from newspapers, magazines, journals, and other public publishing entities, which are written for a non-specific audience and are on trending and popular topics. So, students have an idea as what to expect in the article.
General Training Test
This version of the test includes materials from Notices, Books, Magazines, Advertisements, Company Handbooks, and Manuals. It contains mostly that data, which one encounters on a daily basis in an English speaking environment. The first section is known as ‘social survival’ section. It contains texts that are related to basic linguistic survival in an English speaking ambiance. The second segment contains a more advanced level of the language and is known as Training Survival. It contains some elaborate expressions, which are used in the English Language. The third paragraph is mostly of descriptive and instructive instructions and is known as General Training.
IELTS Reading Marks and Assessment
One mark is awarded for the each correct answer in the 40 questions test. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
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How Voxcel helps in reading improvement?
The reading module is seen as a nightmare by many students. The teachers at Voxcel understand the mindset of the students and prepare various stategies and conduct thorough and intensive reading sessions to increase the understadning the students. Since the reading module is designed to check the vocabulary, we also work on developing reading habits of the students, and offer them novels, articles, journals, columns etcetera to read to do discussion later on.
Once the reading module is done by students, we discuss all questions in details so the students can get their wrong answers. This improves the analytical thinking and helps in improving the scores. We only provide authentic reading modules that are designed and testified by the IELTS officials, so students can understand the real difficulty level and what to expect in the exam.
Part 3: IELTS Writing Section
This section comprises of two parts. In the first section, the candidate has to write a paragraph of minimum 150 words for which they will be given 20 minutes. The second section has the word limit set to a minimum of 250 words, which should be completed in 40 minutes.
Academic Writing Training
This section of the test contains topic that are related to the students, who are trying to get the admission in undergraduate, postgraduate studies, or seeking professional registration.
- Task 1: The candidate is given graphs, tabular diagrams, charts etcetera. They have to explain the given graphical representation in their own words. In layman’s terms, they have to explain the process that is being shown in the graphs.
- Task 2: In this the candidate’s mental ability is checked through logical arguments or point of views. The candidates will be given the set of arguments, statements and they will have to justify their opinion, compare the evidence and implications.
General Writing Training
It contains those texts, which are most common in one’s general life.
- Task 1: In this section, the candidate is given a situation and is asked to write down with a letter explaining the given scenario or requesting information. The letter will be in personal, formal, or semi-formal in style.
- Task 2: In this part, the candidate is required to write down an essay in response to an argument or stating their point of view. The candidate is required to perform an assessment of the situation and has to give the solution to the given situation.
How Voxcel helps in writing improvement?
To be honest, we have thousands of fans of our writing sessions. We have helped countless students to score their desires writing band in the exam. The teachers at Voxcel are trained to keep an eagle-eye on every little writing mistake and work around it. Every writing, be it Task – 1 or Task – 2 of GT or AC, is marked on four paramters, which make it very easy for student to understand where he’s lacking and what things he has to do to improve the writing band.
Everyday, we conduct writing sessions and give at least one writing task to students and closely track their performances. We check their work in front of their eyes and do detailed discussions about the mistakes. Such healthy discussions produce great writing results in the exam. We have countless stories of students who failed their writing module, but with our IELTS wriitng sessions, they got their deired scores.
From Grammar Range and Accuracy, Lexical Resource, Coherence and Cohesion to Task Acheivement/Response – we check everything in a very minute detail. Very less people are skilled to do this, and with our years of hard work, practice and learning to hone our teaching skill, we are able to do it. Voxcel’s teachers’ performaces are regulated through an internal parameter so they can do justice to every student.
Part 4: IELTS Speaking Section
This section is comprised to access the fluency and command of the candidate on the English language. All the speaking tests are taken in a way that there is no chance for the candidate to give the rehearsed response.
- Part 1: It is the beginning of the interview section. In this phase, the interviewer introduces himself/herself to the candidate and verifies the candidate’s identity. Examiner usually asks 4-5 questions related to the candidate directly or indirectly. This section is considered easiest, as it’s viewed as a warm-up round for the following two.
- Part 2: The candidates will be asked questions based on a card, which will be given to them by the interviewer. A students is given a cue-card topic and pen-paper to prepare ideas for one minute. Afterward, he is instructed to speak for up to 2 minutes. He has to express his ideas coherently and answers the task clearly and responsively.
- Part 3: The candidates take parts in a two-way discussion on more abstract ideas that are related to part two. In simpler term, part-3 is the continuation of part-2.
How Voxcel helps in Speaking improvement?
We treat every student like a beginner and teach them what works in IELTS speaking and what doesn’t. Most students fail to consider the sounds they produce, which lower their band in the pronunciation parameter. We teach them how to do it, staying very critical of these things.
When we take speaking, we do their assessment on our designed IELTS Speaking Assessment Sheet that has every speaking parameter (Coherence and Fluency, Pronunciation, Lexical Resource, and Grammar Range and Accuracy). Through our SAS, students track their performances individually and work on the weak areas.
Moreover, we have smart classes, so show them speaking videos of professionals and dicuss how it’s done. Our training sessions can be strecthed for hours because we want nothing but the best.