Where should I prepare for my IELTS exam in Dhaka?

Liakat’s is an English learning center that has been working to improve the English of its learners since 2008. It is at a prime location of Lalmatia, Mohammadpur, and very close to Dhanmondi 27 no road. The founder, Liakat Hossain has an enormous experience in teaching and he did his bachelor’s & master’s in the English language from Chittagong University. Liakat’s has a reputation for its experienced tutors who are specially skilled to help students of Bengali-medium background.

What is the IELTS test?

To start with, IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. The test is held to assess an individual’s capability to use English, in all four skills, reading, listening, writing, and speaking in an academic or everyday life/all-purpose capacity.

A person can take different types of IELTS depending on his/her requirement  for taking the exam: 

  • IELTS Academic 
  • IELTS General Training 
  • IELTS Academic for UKVI  
  • IELTS General Training for UKVI 
  • IELTS Life Skills A1 
  • IELTS Life Skills B1 

UKVI stands for UK Visas and Immigration, a governmental division. IELTS for UKVI are IELTS exams that are conducted according to terms given by UK Visas and Immigration and the results of IELTS for UKVI are accepted when one needs to apply for different categories of UK visa. 

What is the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training? 

IELTS Academic, is for people seeking higher education in an English-speaking or any foreign country, whereas IELTS GT  is intended for candidates who intend to work and live abroad. 

Because of this difference in purpose, 2 modules (Listening, Speaking) are 100% the same for AC and GT candidates while there are a few differences for the Reading and Writing modules.  

Test-takers of both IELTS AC and IELTS  GT have to answer the same questions for their listening and speaking modules. However, for those who are to sit IELTS Academic, their reading and writing tests will have topics pertaining to graduate studies. On the other hand, the IELTS General Training test features topics concerning general interests and daily activities.

For instance, people taking IELTS Academic will need to write 150-word compositions analyzing data and graphs, and maps. In contrast, examinees sitting in IELTS General Training will be asked to write a letter for a specific reason. 

How is IELTS score calculation done? 

For each module of your IELTS test, reading, listening, speaking, and writing, you will be given a score from 1 to 9. Either you receive a whole band (e.g. 7, 8, etc) as your score or a half band (e.g. 7.5, 8.5, etc.). 

The bands are calculated based on the number of questions you get right for the Listening and Reading modules of IELTS. For Writing and Speaking module, the marking criteria consist of 4 different factors and are the same for AC and GT. For more details on how IELTS is scored, you can check out the IELTS band descriptors on Google.

What is the difference between TOEFL and IELTS? 

TOEFL, a Test of English as a Foreign Language, is another popular choice among people who plan to study abroad although it is only required in the United States of America if a student wants to study in this particular country. IELTS is also accepted in the USA.

While TOFEL and IELTS are similar in the sense that both test you on all 4 skills, reading, listening, writing, and speaking, their formats are different: different numbers of questions and tasks, duration, and marking criteria.

What kind of topics are on the IELTS?

The IELTS Reading and Listening cover different types of topics, from everyday conversation, such as booking a hotel room or asking for information about a product, to academic lectures on history, art, literature, science, etc.  

As for the writing test, the candidate will be asked to offer her opinion on topics, including but not limited to science, education, politics, culture, economics, technology, environmental issues, etc. in task 2. For example, you might be required to state the reason for a social problem and also provide a solution to it. Fact-checking is not at all required here, as your English writing capability is being judged here.

The IELTS Speaking is conducted in 3 parts. Part 1 focuses on the candidate’s personal, everyday life. The examiner will ask everyday English questions about you, your preferences, or your experience. However, part 2 and part 3 are somewhat similar to task 2 in Writing. You will need to discuss a topic and form a more structured answer. For example, you might be asked to describe a product or a story that is important to you. You need to first let the examiner what you have chosen to talk about and explain the reasons why you think it is important. Part 2 is very flexible and comforting if a candidate learns to smartly handle it. The story should not be rigid and the candidate is at liberty to take it anywhere.