For your information, I have to attend a 5 day course of IELTS. What is IELTS?
In short, it is the abbreviation of “International English Language Testing System“. It is compulsory for me to sit for an IELTS test as soon as possible as part of the requirement for my pH.D studies next year. The IELTS test fees is RM540 if I’m not mistaken. I have taken similar test 12 years ago as a requirement to go to University of Bradford, United Kingdom for my chemical engineering undergraduate degree. I scored 6.5 that time and that’s the minimum requirement. Now, I only have to score 5.0 points because that’s the minimum requirement set for any post graduate students enrolling in the local universities. I hope I can maintain or improve my IELTS score.
For those of you who are not familiar with IELTS, let me just give you a little bit of explanation. As mentioned above, IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. More than 6,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organizations around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.
Over 1,000,000 people a year are now using IELTS to open doors throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. The test is taken every year across 120 countries, and is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation.
Ha ha…. the three paragraphs above are not my own words. They are adopted from ielts.org – the official IELTS website. For your info, there is no pass or fail for IELTS. They give us a band score and it range from 1 to 9. That means, if one get a band of 9.0, he or she is damn powerful in English.
Then what about 1119 which some students are also taking? I’ll let that be a mystery for you for the time being. If you are dilligent, you can google some information. I scored P7 for my English 1119 15 years ago… 🙂