IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for admission into English speaking universities.
International English Language Testing System is an English language proficiency test, which is collaboratively run by UCLES (Cambridge University), The British Council and IDP Australia. IELTS assesses a test taker’s skills on Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, where each of the modules is evaluated out of a base of nine. IELTS can be Academic Module (for students who go abroad for study purpose) and General Training Module (for people who wish to work or migrate to an English Speaking Country).
IELTS is well recognized all around the world by over 10,000 educational bodies and employers and other concerned institutions. The test is widely accepted in more than 3,300 institutions in the USA and it can be a substitute for TOEFL in case one does not want to give a Computer Based Test.
Most of the colleges and universities in US require a student to have given English language proficiency test with a required minimum score. In case of IELTS, a majority of American universities requires above 5.5 score out of 9 for admissions.
IELTS Test Preparation
For people who have long wished for IELTS in Computer, GOOD NEWS, IELTS is now also available as a Computer Delivered Test.
Computer Delivered IELTS test is now available making IELTS even more tempting with faster results and more test availability.
Basically, with Computer Delivered IELTS as a newly added option, students have more options to choose from, with more tests in more days of the week. The results will be available in 5-7 days. Now for students worrying about their handwriting, you have a computer-delivered test where you can worry only about typing and not your handwriting.
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What’s Inside IELTS?
You will have four recordings of native English speakers to listen to. These recordings include a conversation between two people, a monologue set in an everyday social context, a conversation between up to four people and a monologue on an academic subject. Each part contains 10 questions.
You will then need to answer a wide range of questions. You will have approximately 30 minutes for 40 questions. Each question is worth 1 mark
This section has 40 questions which measures a wide range of your reading skills. These skills include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes, and purpose.
It consists of 3 long texts taken from books, newspapers, magazines, and journals. You have 60 minutes, and each question is worth 1 mark.
Writing topics are of general interest to test takes. You have 2 writing tasks to complete. In Task 1, you are given a graph, table, chart, or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize, or explain using your own words. In Task 2, you are asked to write in response to a point of view, argument, or problem.
You have 60 minutes to complete both the tasks.
This section consists of an oral interview between the test takers’ and the examiner. It has 3 parts. In Part 1, you will have general questions to answer such as home, family, work, interest, etc. In Part 2, the examiner will give you a card which asks you to talk about the specific topic. In Part 3, you will have further questions about the topic in Part 2.
You will have 11-14 minutes.
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How Do They Score?
The overall band score is an average of each band scores including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. For example:
A student with Listening score- 6.5, Reading- 7.5, Writing- 6 and Speaking- 6.5 would get and overall band score of 6.5 (6.5+7.5+6+6.5 = 26.5/4).
Following table described the English language proficiency you have with respect to your band score.
You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Very good user
You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.
You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user
You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Did not attempt the test
You did not answer the questions.
IELTS Registration and Fees
IELTS registration is a simple process. Usually, there is multiple numbers of test dates available every month. Out of four sections of the test, Speaking test can get scheduled on the same day or within next seven day of your test date.
Valid Passport is a must for registration, test day and speaking test day.
The test registration fee for IELTS is NRs. 21,500.
You may pay for test using one of the methods below but before that make sure you have your passports ready in your hand. Under-18 test takers will need to have their parent’s consent.
Please pay your IELTS Registration fee within 6 working days from the date of registration or before the registration closure date (9 days before the exams date) whichever is earlier.
Payment option in Nabil Bank:
You can visit your nearest Nabil Bank’s branches in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Chitwan, Biratnagar, Bhairhawa and Nepalgunj for making payment for IELTS.
Once you have made the payment deposit, you can scan the deposit slip along with a copy of your passport and send them to email@example.com. If they do not receive the email, you might not get seat for the test.
The British Council will send you a payment receipt email once they have received the deposit slip along with your test date is confirmation. Finally you will get an email confirming the venue of test 5 days before the test date.
Payment option in British Council
Payment can also be made at the cash counter of British Council in Lainchaur, Kathmandu (Opening hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday to Friday, Lunch break: 12:30pm – 1:15pm). You need to have your passport and a photocopy of it with you.
You will get an email to confirm your test venue 5 days before your test date.
Why Choose Edwise Foundation for IELTS?
Best IELTS preparation classes in Kathmandu, Nepal
At Edwise Foundation we provide the best result-oriented IELTS preparation classes. The students get the best guidance to perform their best in the actual test with instructor who has more than a decade long experience in the field. Our instructor exactly understands your need of high scores in IELTS and gives his best for you to score high.
Best PHYSICAL and ONLINE/VIRTUAL IETS Preparation
With Covid-19 in mind, we are offering online/virtual version of IELTS. You can consider taking online classes from the comfort of your home. You will have the same instructors and resources. For physical/face-to-face IELTS classes, we strictly follow the health safety guidelines.
Best IELTS mock test in Kathmandu, Nepal
Edwise provides number of FREE mock tests for the students. Throughout the course, students are exposed to partial and full-length Mock tests on a regular basis, which enables them to sort out their weaknesses.
Feedback sessions to improve your performance
At Edwise, we believe in finding problems that you are going through and more important, we help you in solving the problem. Through a number of Mock tests, we help you understand what are your strong and weak spots are within the test. Then we, in order to help you understand how to improve in your weak ends, provide feedback session where you can ask the instructor the ways to improve. Also, if you do have problem and need more support our instructors love to help you out to the best of their abilities.
The library says it all. Edwise has one of the best libraries you can find for various tests’ preparations including IELTS. We provide books that are available as well as not available in the market of Nepal along with sound studying environment.
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FAQ About IELTS Test in Kathmandu, Nepal
International English Language Testing System is the most well-known language proficiency test which tests four skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing) of English language.
The test is administered by British Council and IDP in Nepal.
Anyone who intends to study or work in a foreign country requires IELTS if English is the native language of that specific country. Even in non-Native English speaking countries, IELTS could be needed for pursuing higher education.
As we are non-native speakers of English we need to take IELTS if we intend to move abroad for higher education or work purpose, especially if we want to be moving to a country for work, study or for permanent residency.
It is actually very important as it is one of the very few ways of expressing our language proficiency skills if you intend to move to an English speaking country.
Countries like USA, Australia, Canada, New-Zealand, UK and many more requires IELTS for higher studies, work, and migration.
The length of the test is 2 hours 45 minutes. The time is divided amongst the 4 skills and time for each skill differs.
IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.
You can study IELTS from different sources such as online, by purchasing books, by visiting the British Council Library, or by joining any educational consultancies like Edwise Foundation. Just make sure when you seat for the test you got to be oozing with confidence.
You can register and pay online or by printing the application form and submitting it to your nearest test center along with a valid Identity. You can also register for the test through us. Make sure you carry the same identity document with you while going to take the test.
Cost of studying IELTS differs based on how you want to study and where you want to study. At Edwise, we charge our students 8,000 which is inclusive of 13% VAT and includes test materials, 5 full length mock/practice tests, reviews and feedback sessions.
Please refer to our article on TOEFL or IELTS to have a clear understanding of which is a better-fit test for you. You can check the article here:
IELTS uses a nine-band score to calculate the score with band score 1 for a non-user of English language to 9 for the expert.
Every section is scored on a nine band score and the cumulative score is calculated to get the overall score.
For Example: if a test taker scores 7.0 in Speaking, 6.5 in Reading, 7.5 in Listening and 5.5 in Writing then the average will be 26.5/4 = 6.625. Hence the overall score is 6.5.
Note: if the average of the 4 section’s band score ends in .25 then, the overall score is rounded up to the next half band and if the average ends in .75 then, the overall score is rounded up to the next full band.
We at Edwise believe in giving our Best. Best materials, Best Instructors, Best Infrastructure are few things we take pride in. We encourage students to pay only after they take trial classes because we believe in what we are doing.
The classes here at Edwise are small and taught by Instructors who are certified by British Council and have experiences of about 15 years of teaching IELTS.
Moreover, we offer 5 full length practice tests, regular class tests and assignments, and also help our students with registration and many more.
Most importantly, we make sure our students score high as at the end of the day, numbers do matter.
The applicant has to have a valid Identity document, most preferably Passport.
Yes, the IELTS paper based is available in Nepal for 2020. Also, the computer-based IELTS has also been introduced and test takers can pick any of these formats.
If an applicant decides to cancel his/her test up to five weeks before the test date they are eligible to get a refund of 75%. 25% will be deducted as administrative charges. The applicant needs to understand that it might take up to 6 weeks to get the refund.
Note: Same charges are applied if the applicant decides to postpone the test date (25%).
The cost differs with the test type in Nepal.
IELTS Academic and General Testing (both Paper and Computer based) costs 21,500
IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (both academic and general training) costs 24,500
You can take IELTS as many times as you wish, there is no limitation.
Both tests are focused on measuring the language proficiency of the test taker and there is no concrete evidence to state which is a better test. This is very subjective and opinion on which is a better test might vary based on the applicant.
You have numerous options to prepare for IELTS in Nepal. You can do the following:
Buy a book and prepare yourself.
Subscribe different blogs and YouTube channels.
Use the resources available on official sites of British Council, IDP and Cambridge.
Take preparation classes at a trustworthy Educational Consultancy. Do make sure to take trial classes to enroll, don’t run after free classes (Just ask yourself if the instructor is really good then why he/she will teach you for free?). Moreover, make sure they offer mock tests and the mock test sare not just copied from the practice books.
There is no point in canceling your test score and hence there is no such option. You can simply choose to prepare more and re take the test date when you are prepared.