What is the significant difference between academic and general IELTS for test takers seeking education in Canada and elsewhere from Nigeria?
The difference between the academic and general IELTS tests exists in the reading and academic writing sections. (The listening and speaking sections are practically identical). Let’s focus on these two sections.
1.Reading Section (60 minutes)
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a broad range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
IELTS General Training test – expect to see extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
IELTS Academic test – expect to see three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
2. Academic Writing section(60 minutes)
IELTS General Training topics are of general interest. There are two tasks: Task 1 and Task 2.
IELTS Academic test topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks: Task 1 and Task 2.
A lot of IELTS test takers are concerned about the scoring of the IELTS test, and for good reasons too; often academic goals and admission are tied to the IELTS scores. All IELTS scores are between 0 and 9. You can also get .5 scores as well (for example, 6.5 or 7.5). You will get a band score for each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and also an overview band score. The overall band score is the average score of all the skills.
For those considering studying in Canada, it is advisable to target an overall band score of at least 6.5 or better. Interestingly, all TRACTRAIN IELTS expert instructors have gotten at least an overall IELTS band score of 8.0 or higher!
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