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If you are a skilled worker who would like to work and live in Canada, there are several Language Tests which are accepted. The most popular test taken is the IELTS, which is short for International English Language Testing System. IELTS measures the English proficiency of a non-native English speaker through Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening.
There are two types of test modules for IELTS: Academic and General Training. In Canada, IELTS Academic is used for Study Purposes while IELTS General Training is used for Work or Immigration Purposes. If you are a Skilled Worker, you have to take the General Training Module.
The IELTS General Training measures the test taker’s English language proficiency in a practical or day-to-day context. This test is a requirement for Skilled Workers who plan to migrate in an English-speaking country like Canada. So, if you're planning to migrate or work in Canada, read the information below to help you complete one of the requirements for your application.
For this part, the test taker will listen to four recordings of native English speakers, which include a range of accents: American, Canadian, British, Australian, and New Zealand, and will then answer 10 questions for each recording.
Note: Each recording will be played only once.
For this part, there are three sections and each section has 13-14 corresponding questions.
NOTE: The texts/passages are taken from company handbooks, guidelines, newspapers, advertisements, books, magazines, and notices.
For this part, there's a total of two tasks.
NOTE: It is advised to spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2 since Task 2 has a higher impact on the band score.
For this part, the test taker's use of spoken English will be assessed so the whole conversation is recorded.
TOTAL TEST TIME: 2 hours 45 minutes (Listening, Reading, and Writing parts only)
NOTE: The Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test are done on the same day without break. The Speaking part may be done the same day as the other parts or it may be done on a different day up to seven days before or after the other tests. Your testing center will notify you regarding the schedule of your Speaking test.
1. PAPER TEST
In a paper-based IELTS, the test taker will be given the question papers and answer sheets for Listening, Reading, and Writing tests and shall use a pen or HB-pencil in writing his/her answer. The Speaking test will be done face-to-face with an IELTS examiner.
2. COMPUTER TEST
In a computer-delivered IELTS, the test taker will take the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests from a computer where the questions would be presented on-screen and shall use the mouse and keyboard in entering his/her answers. The Speaking test will be done face-to-face with an IELTS examiner.
NOTE: Both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS will be done in an IELTS Testing Center.
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There are nine band scores where one is the lowest and nine is the highest. Here's a description of the band scores:
Moreover, if you're not happy with your result, you may request a re-mark or re-sit the test.
Requesting a re-mark
Request for a re-mark of the whole test or just some parts through the Enquiry on Result service by contacting your Testing Center. Your request must be made within six weeks of your test date and you must pay an enquiry fee, which may be refunded if your band score changes after the review. During the review process, senior examiners/markers, who have no knowledge of your original score, will re-mark your test papers and will then notify your Testing Center of the re-mark result and will issue your new Test Report Form if your mark has changed. The re-mark result will be available 2-21 days depending on the number of parts requested for remark.
Re-sitting the test
You are allowed to take the IELTS test again as soon as you like. Simply register then take the test again.
Your IELTS test result is valid for two years from the date of your test. The IRCC also considers the two years validity of the IELTS test result. So what are you waiting for? Take the exam now and take one step closer to your plan to migrate to Canada!
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