IELTS/TOEFL FAQ’s

IELTS/TOEFL FAQ’s 2018-04-03T07:23:55+00:00
When will i receive my test results? 2018-03-29T07:56:04+00:00

Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. Some test centres also provide SMS alerts and an Online Results Service. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.

Which section do I take first? 2018-03-29T07:54:47+00:00

You do the Listening test first following by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

Is the IELTS test completed in one day? 2018-03-29T07:53:58+00:00

‘The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

What is the test format and how long will it take? 2018-03-29T07:53:32+00:00

The Listening Section: Candidates listen to four recorded texts, monologues, and conversations by a range of native speakers and write their answers down to a series of questions. The questions test one’s ability to understand main ideas, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of what is said, and how well one follows the development of ideas. Candidates will come across several different native accents in every section, with each section being played only once, over the course of 30 minutes.

The Listening Breakdown:
Part 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, for example, in a supermarket.

Part 2 – A monologue set in an everyday social context, for example, a speech about local facilities.

Part 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, for example, a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Part 4 – A monologue on an academic subject, for example, a university lecture.

The Reading Section:

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for main ideas, skimming for details, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose, over the course of 60 minutes.

The Reading Breakdown:

This part of the test comes with two variations; an academic version for undergraduate and postgraduate students and a general training version for those who will not be entering academically-challenging environments like schools and universities, thus won’t be needing much more than a basic understanding of the English language to help them interact during day-to-day social encounters.

Candidates opting for the Academic Version of the test will face three long texts, ranging from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. The texts will be excerpts from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

Candidates opting for the General Training Version of this test will come across excerpts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. All of which, one is likely to encounter on a daily basis, in an English-speaking environment.

The Writing Section:

This part of the exam, again, has two variations; The Academic and The General Training. Both variations of the test will be taken within the course of 60 minutes, the only difference between them being the level of difficulty of tasks, as you will see below.

The Writing Breakdown:

The Academic version of this section consists of two tasks. Topics are of general interest and suitable for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Task 1 – Candidates will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize or explain the given information in their own words.

Task 2 – Candidates will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks are expected to be written in a formal style.

The General Training Version of this section, just like it’s Academic counterpart, comprises of two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.

Task 1 – Candidates will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information about or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2 – Candidates will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.

The Speaking Section:

The Speaking section assesses the use of spoken English, and takes between 11 to 14 minutes to complete. It consists of three sections and every test is recorded.

The Speaking Breakdown:

Part 1 – Candidates will be asked to answer general questions about themselves and a range of familiar topics, such as their home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

Part 2 – Candidates will be given a minute to prepare their thoughts on an assigned topic, before being invited to speak for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.

Part 3 – Candidates will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will provide an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Why are there two versions of the test? 2018-03-29T07:52:33+00:00

IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. 

How are the tests marked? 2018-03-29T07:52:06+00:00

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

How much does taking an IELTS exam cost? 2018-03-29T07:51:38+00:00

The IELTS test fee is Rs. 23,000 in Peshawar, Abbottabad and Quetta;  Rs. 25,990 in Karachi and Hyderabad (includes 13% General Sales Tax levied by the provincial government); and Rs. 26,680 in Islamabad, Lahore, Sargodha Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Gujrat (includes 16% General Sales Tax levied by the provincial government).

Which version of IELTS should I take? 2018-04-06T06:45:12+00:00

IELTS Academic is perfect if you want to pursue a Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree programme, or seek professional registration in the UK. Professional registration means you will gain certified recognition for your profession. You will be entitled to use qualification titles, such as engineer (Eng.) or technician (Tech.).

IELTS General Training is probably best for you if you want to study below degree level, or you want to work and/or emigrate to the UK or another English-speaking country.

What is IELTS for? 2018-03-29T07:49:48+00:00

IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. It is basically taken by non-native English speakers to prove how well they can perform in a predominantly English-speaking environment.

How can I register for IELTS? 2018-03-29T07:59:40+00:00

Step two – Register for the test here and pay online or download an application form to print, complete, and submit to your local test centre. Note that you must know which version( Academic or General Training) to take when you complete the online application form.
Step three – Take a deep breath because your IELTS test has been booked. Once your application is processed, the centre will send you a written confirmation of the date and time of your test. The Speaking and Writing tests typically take place on the same day. If this is not possible, the tests will take place within seven days of each other.

At what dates do IELTS exams take place? 2018-03-29T07:48:43+00:00

IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. All dates are listed here.

How and when do I get my scores? 2018-03-28T12:16:05+00:00

Scores will be posted online approximately 10 days after the test date. Log in to your TOEFL online account, enter the ETS ID number you’ve received when you registered, and click “View Scores.” A score report posting schedule for each test date is available on the TOEFL iBT website, and you will receive an email letting you know when your scores have been posted.

How many sections does the TOEFL exam comprise of and how are they organized? 2018-03-28T12:08:28+00:00

The TOEFL test comprises of four sections; Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

 

The Listening Breakdown: Candidates listen to lectures, classroom discussions, and conversations which lead to 34-51 questions to be answered within the span of 60-90 minutes. The maximum score for this section is 30.

The Reading Breakdown: Candidates have to go through three to four passages from academic texts and answer 36-56 questions related to them, within a span of 60-80 minutes. The maximum score for this section is 30.

The Writing Breakdown: Candidates are assigned two tasks; writing an essay response based on reading and listening tasks as well as supporting an opinion in writing. The total time allotted for this section of the test amounts to 50 minutes, with a maximum score of 30.

The Speaking Breakdown: Candidates are assigned six tasks; expressing opinions on familiar topics and speaking based on reading and listening tasks. They are allotted a time span of 20 minutes. The maximum score for this section is 30

Where can I purchase TOEFL practice material? 2018-03-28T12:07:20+00:00

If you’re taking our course at Tutoria, you don’t need them. Regardless, the ETS Store is where they can be purchased.  

When should I take the test? 2018-03-28T12:06:31+00:00

Plan to take the TOEFL test 2 to 3 months before your earliest application or other deadline so your scores arrive at your institutions or agencies in time. Find application deadlines by checking each institute’s website.

How much does the TOEFL iBT test cost? 2018-03-28T12:05:47+00:00

The test fee depends on the test location you choose. For more information on registration, fees, locations and test dates,check out this link.

Can I take the entire test in one day? 2018-03-28T12:04:55+00:00

Yes, the test is taken in 1 day. It takes about 4 hours, but with check-in candidates should plan to be at the test center for at least 4½ hours.

How do I find testing locations and dates? 2018-03-28T12:02:26+00:00

The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at authorized test centers around the world. Here’s a list that may help. 

How do I register for the TOEFL test? 2018-03-28T11:48:02+00:00

Candidates can register using any of the three methods – online, by phone, or by mail.  
 
Online – Candidates can register and schedule their TOEFL iBT® online using a credit card at least seven days prior to their first choice test date. Late registration closes 3 days before the test date (not including the day of the test) and has a late fee of US$35.  
 
By phone – Candidates who plan on registering via phone should review the registration form prior to calling. Next, they must visit this link and select a location to find the phone number for their Regional Registration Centre (RRC). Payments can be made using credit and debit cards. Registration closes 7 days before the test date and late registration by phone closes at 5 pm local test centre time on the business day before the test, having a late fee of US$40.  
 
 
Via Mail – Candidates must download and fill out a registration form. They then should pick one of the four payment methods listed on the form. Candidates residing outside of the United States, its territories, and Canada must mail their form and payment to the RRC. Forms must be received at least four weeks before the test date. 

What is the difference between the TOEFL iBT test and TOEFL paper-delivered testing? 2018-03-28T11:32:19+00:00

The TOEFL iBT test, delivered via the internet, measures reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It is offered more than 50 times a year and is administered online at testing sites around the world. 
 
The TOEFL PBT test, which has been discontinued, was a paper-and-pencil test that measured reading, listening, grammar and writing skills and was offered only in locations where testing via the internet wasn’t a possibility. 
 
The revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, which replaces the TOEFL PBT test, measures reading, listening and writing. It, however doesn’t include a speaking section because of the technical requirements of capturing spoken responses.

At what times is the TOEFL test taken? 2018-03-29T07:34:22+00:00

The TOEFL iBT test is given on fixed dates, more than 50 times a year. Select your test date and location.

Where are TOEFL test scores accepted? 2018-03-29T07:32:45+00:00

More than 10,000 colleges, universities and agencies in 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. To learn more about how the TOEFL test can be your passport to study anywhere English is spoken, check out this link.

What is the TOEFL test? 2018-03-29T08:00:02+00:00

The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read, and written in university classrooms.