IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.
No. You must do it in pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.
Interview in IELTS denotes the speaking module, wherein the candidate will be talking to the examiner as if they are attending the interview. Here, the test is divided into three parts under the speaking module.
★ In the first part, which is conducted just like question and answer session, the examiner will be asked general interview questions like his/her personal life, interests, familiar topics, etc.
★ In the second part, the candidates will be provided with a card with some topics on it. They can select any one out of them and they will be given some time to prepare for the same. After preparing, they will have to talk on the topic for one or two minutes. Once the candidate completes the talking, the examiner will be asking some questions from the points expressed by them.
★ The Third part involves a discussion session, wherein the examiner will be discussing on the topic on which the candidate spoke in the previous part.
For answering the questions in the reading module correctly, it is essential that you will have to develop this skill. This will be a difficult task for some people because as they cannot find identical words. On the other hand, some people can identify identical words, but it will be difficult for them to understand the meaning. This thing should be trained right from your practice sessions.
The best thing about IELTS examination is that you can do all the rough work in your question paper itself and only your answer sheet will be judged. So, even if you commit mistakes in your question paper, ensure that you give the right answer in the answer sheet. When you can underline the verbs and give a different mark to the nouns for identification, it will be easier for finding answers.
Generally, this module tests the skimming and scanning ability of candidates. Most of test-takers think that understanding the content of the passage is the thing that is tested. So, do not spend time in understanding. Rather, you can first go through the questions and just then read the content and this will be helpful for identifying the answers when you are reading for the first time itself. This will save you a lot of time.
Read every question four times: Some candidates waste their time by reading the paragraphs several times. But, you can reduce the time spent here by reading the questions several times. Once you understand the questions clearly, it will be easy for you to answer easily and quickly.
Daily spend 30 minutes on reading and this will slowly and steadily improve your reading ability. When doing this, judge your reading ability like how many words can be read within a minute. In addition to judging this, do not forget to analyze your comprehending skills by shortening what you have read and creating a different content. Here, it would be wise to use the same type of reading material as it can provide you the consistency needed for sensible practice.
There are some books and websites from where you can practice for this module.
Increase your exposure to written content wherever possible. Just reading the newspapers is not enough, whenever you visit some websites, just read some contents there from and the more you expose yourself to written language, better will be your ability to score well.