IELTS – Language Academy Wales | Cardiff

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IELTS is the most popular English-language testing system in the world. The test uses a one on one oral test to access your English communication skills and can assess learners at various levels. It’s found very useful as it imitates a natural English conversation and develops the very skills that you would be expected to know in an English speaking environment.

There are two versions of IELTS tests, IELTS academic and IELTS General Training. The courses vary depending on your requirements. Learners who wish to undertake a Degree course are required to possess a minimum of an IELTS Academic qualification. Learners who wish to come to the UK for employment or just to develop their English speaking under a rigorous framework can undertake the general English Language training course. Both the Academic and General IELTS are split into four sections; Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The IELTS marking scheme is graded via the 9-Band scale for each area of speaking to ensure that learners are accurately assessed on their level.

IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across a wide range of levels.

  • 9 Expert user
  • 8 Very good user
  • 7 Good user
  • 6 Competent user
  • 5 Modest user
  • 4 Limited user
  • 3 Extremely limited user
  • 2 Intermittent user
  • 1 Non user
  • 0 Did not attempt the test

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic, is appropriate for candidates who are looking to enter university. This course includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Academic Version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive, true, talkative and factual IELTS Academic, is appropriate for candidates who are looking to enter university. This course includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Academic is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education.

IELTS General

IELTS General training format is broadly focused on the general survival skills in the everyday work of living in the UK. Candidates are to read from objects they are likely to come across everyday – books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. Not every employer is the same, check the entry requirements for the particular job if you are looking at gaining employment. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted. Request to see your employer’s policies on levels English required to make sure.


The listening side of the Exam is 30 minutes. You must listen to four recorded texts conversations, monologues from a range of native speakers. You must then write down your answers to the series of questions. The questions are design to the test your ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of the speakers.


Under the IELTS, all students are required to sit the Listening and speaking exam. The exams cover similar content but vary in the output, the reading and writing components. Listening, reading and writing test all take place on the same day, but as they cover similar content you will not be required to undertake lengthy drawn-out assessment period.


There are 2 tasks. You are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.

For the Academic Assessment task one you will generally you will be required to describe or explain a table, chart or diagram in your own words. For task two you will be required to write an essay response to an opinion or point of view in a formal style.

For the General assessment you will be require to write a letter requesting information or explaining an situation, You will be required to write in an formal, informal or Semi-formal style.

For Task two you will be required to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay will be more formal than the letter you are require to write in the academic assessment


Part 1 of the speaking exam lasts around 11-14 minutes. The Examiner will introduce themselves and you will be asked general questions on familiar topics. The topics will include family, work, interests and studies. The second part of the exam lasts around 3-4 minutes. The examiner will give you a card that gives you a selection on a particular topic. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk. The exam will last 1-2 minutes, it’s assets on how you reply to the examiner as he will be asking questions on the topic.

Test Takers

Over 9000 worldwide organisations accept IELTS scores. The list includes Universities, employers, immigration authorities and professionals. IELTS is designed to fairly asses the language ability.

All students sit the Listening and speaking of the exam. The only thing that differs is the Reading and writing components. Listening , reading and writing test all take place on the same day, without breaks.

Your speaking test will either be on the same day as the listening, reading and writing this varies Depending on your test centre. It can also take place seven days before or after the three exams.