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What is IELTS

Are you planning to follow an M.A course in the U.K ?
If you have completed your first degree course at a University or College in Cyprus and you are planning to continue your studies at the M.A. level in the U.K. you will need to meet the English Language requirements of UK universities. This means that if you passed your GCE or IGCSE ‘O’ Level English Language exam more than four years ago then it is not regarded as a recent assessment of your language ability. The university will therefore require a more recent assessment of your competency in the English language. Most universities will require you to sit the IELTS test to demonstrate this competency.

What is the IELTS examination?
The English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most respected English Language exams and a globally recognized and valid English language assessment. It assesses English language ability in all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking and it is intended for people who want to work or study in countries where English is the language of communication.

Most UK universities will require students to obtain an overall score of 6.5 or 7 00 on a band scale of 1- 9. This is the equivalent to an IGCSE pass score of grade B or A.

IELTS exam

The IELTS exam consists of five parts:

1. The Listening Module
The listening test is the first part of the IELTS examination and takes about 40 minutes. The test is designed to reflect real world listening situations and the range of difficulty increases as the paper progresses.

2. The Reading Module
This is the second part of the test. It consists of three authentic texts and 40 questions. There are ten basic types of questions which test different reading and comprehension skills. Time allowed is 60 minutes. The texts are designed to present candidates with material similar to those which they might need to read on a university course.

3. Writing Module Task 1
Students are required to analyse statistical information and group this information together using appropriate language and expression.

4. Writing Module Task 2
Students are expected to write a discursive essay of a minimum of 250 words . The topics are of current issues or general interests.

5. The Speaking Module
Candidates are examined one on one by a certified IELTS examiner. They are graded for their fluency, control of language, and their range of vocabulary and expression.

Pass Score
An overall score out of a band of 9 is given. Most universities require an overall score of 6.5 or 7 for a post graduate degree (M.A / Msc). Some universities specify the score they require for each section. For example, a student may receive an overall band 7 but he may receive a score of five in the writing section. In this case, the student will be required to re-sit the test in order to improve the score of his Writing Module.

How to apply

You can apply for the IELTS exam through the British Council, Nicosia. There are two IELTS examination sessions every month . You should apply for IELTS exam 2 – 3 weeks before your preferred test . Scores are received within two weeks after the IELTS examination.

For more information on IELTS exam application in Cyprus, please contact us:

Contact person: Anthi Kyriacou
Mob: 99 499 614
Tel: 22 429 614
Fax: 22 429 614
Address: Ilia Papakyriacou, 30-32. Acropolis, 2003 Nicosia – Cyprus

Prepare for IELTS exam

Ideally, students need to prepare for the IELTS examination approximately 2 months before the test. There are many areas to cover and apart from developing exam techniques, students need to work on their vocabulary and expression and they need time to improve their listening and speaking skills.

When should you take the IELTS exam?
The best time to begin preparing for the IELTS exam is between September and December. During this period, students do not have the pressure of final tests and they have more time to devote to their English language courses.It is also advisable not to leave your preparation a few days before the IELTS test, even if you are happy with the standard of your English. You should aim for the highest score possible and this can only be done through good preparation.