What is IELTS?
It stands for International English Language Testing System and is the most popular standardized English proficiency exam in the world, attempted by millions of people.
The core goal of the test is to evaluate your demonstration of the English language in work, study or just everyday life. The significance of the exam is acknowledged by nearly all major employers, businesses, immigration officers etc.
What’s the Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) for Canadian immigration:
To understand IELTS, you need to understand what the Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) for Canadian immigration is. CLB is the national standard of measurement or the way to categorize the points scored in each aspect of the IELTS exam. This is done CLB levels.
The CLB level 10 is the best possible result or regard for the Canadian immigration. It is awarded to the ones whose English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills stand out particularly well and are noteworthy among other examinees.
The Scoring System and CLB Level
There are four aspects in the IELTS exam. These include listening, speaking, reading as well as writing. The minimum CLB level to pass the federal skilled worker programme of the IELTS is level 7, which is attained with the minimum of 6 points in each category. And with more points, you advance to CLB level 8 and so forth.
The points are collected from each aspect of the IELTS exam which are then translated to see which CLB level you stand on. The CLB is a way of Canada, simply put, considering you eligible for express entry in terms of your IELTS score, using levels.
Each aspect or the component of the IELTS exam has a certain duration just like any ordinary exam. The listening component of the exam consists of 4 sections with 40 items with the duration of 30 minutes. The writing component consists of 3 tasks with the time of one hour.
The reading aspect is designated one hour long but contains 3 sections with 40 items. The speaking component is relatively short in duration being 11 to 14 minutes involving one-on-one conversation which is divided into three parts.
One thing that is to be noted is that the CLB level is determined considering also the education, age, qualifications as well as work experience of the individual in question.
You will have to listen to four different recordings of any native Americans speaking, be it a lecture or a casual conversation, from which you will be asked questions. The answers will be written by hand which will be judged on your ability to understand major controversial topics, ideas or opinions. The trick to tackling this component with ease is to practice by attempting comprehensions so that you hone your ability to understand context and dialect better. Try to be concise and accurate every step of the way.
Next up is the writing component of the exam. This portion of the IELTS usually varies from program to program relating to its format. However one key to almost all questions is to add a conclusive paragraph which sums up or summarizes all the points that you have made or the explanation you have given.
This produces the effect that you have neatly finished off what you had to say and have not left anything unattended, and to keep the answers as much to-the-point as possible and not copying any of the content goes without saying.
Then comes the speaking and reading components of the IELTS. Both are mainly concerned with the verbal English speaking skills and comprehension of the context of the individual. Often the speaking component is considered the toughest of all four components to score decent points, but in reality it is actually the easiest. It is practically simply having a chat with the examiners about your hobbies and your daily routine, family etc.
I do not suggest talking to yourself in the mirror or anything awkward of the sort but speaking a language fluently is something which can be done with confidence and a habit of everyday conversing with your colleagues, friends or family in English. It is yet again the practice that matters. The questions they ask themselves will not be designed to be difficult but will aim to gauge your fluency and grammar, etc.
So integrate the preparation in your daily life and ace the exams!