KenyanNurse is here yet again with a different package for its esteemed clients.
Apart from nurses, we are now training any professional who is in need of IELTS certificate for his/her various reasons.
In addition we have also introduced IELTS General Module Training to those who require it.
Why IELTS General Module?
For all immigration and employments, the general training version is used if you want to enter Canada, the USA, Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, etc. for general immigration. For example, individuals who are taking the IELTS because they are applying for permission to live in Australia near their grandchildren will find that the IELTS General Module training suits their needs.
How IELTS General Module compares to IELTS Academic Module
IELTS Academic is intended for (prospective) university students applying for admission in universities and programs in which English is the medium of instruction and communication.
But that’s not all – many professionals and job applicants may find that they are also required to provide scores for this version of the test. One apparent example is the medical field. If you want to be a medical professional in Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, you’ll definitely need to sit for the IELTS Academic. A wide range of medical jobs require this version of the exam, including doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and even hospital laboratory technician.
Unlike the IELTS General module, the IELTS Academic module allows test-takers to demonstrate some reading and writing skills that aren’t necessarily part of the everyday communicative experience of English speakers. These are considered to be distinct from reading and writing skills for general purposes.
IELTS General and IELTS Academic in terms of Format
Both versions of the test have the same general format. Your English writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills will be tested separately no matter which version you take. In fact, there aren’t any differences between the listening and speaking sections at all. Similar topics and question types can be expected on the IELTS academic or general test. In terms of format, the same is true of the other two sections. Both writing versions involve two writing tasks and both reading versions ask 40 questions in response to assigned readings. Differences begin to appear, however, in the nature of the content and task types, which we move on to now.
In terms of what's tested(content)
University students and professionals must be equipped with English reading skills that are strong enough for texts in professional and academic journals, textbooks, and relevant magazines and newspapers. As such, the IELTS Academic uses texts taken directly from these kinds of sources to test comprehension skills. Similarly, the writing tasks specific to this version use sample topics that would be relevant in academic and professional settings. English writing skills will be assessed to make sure they are strong enough to write college-level essays. On the other extreme,those taking the General Training IELTS, will encounter the kind of language that would appear in advertisements, guidebooks, magazines, notices, or what working people might encounter in employee manuals. A test-taker’s written English will be tested on general tasks such as letter writing or basic essay writing.
In terms of Score
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two versions of the test is the way that they’re scored. Granted, IELTS Listening, Speaking, and Writing are scored the same way on both exams. But IELTS Reading, which represents a full 25% of your score, is rated very differently on IELTS Academic vs. IELTS General training.
For example, suppose you get 30 out of 40 answers correct in IELTS Reading, also known as a raw score of 30. In general training reading, that’s an IELTS Band of 5.0. But 30 out of 40 gets you a 6.0 in academic reading. Your raw scores have a totally different meaning depending on whether you’re looking at the IELTS Academic or IELTS General test!
In terms of Simplicity
When there are two similar English skill exams, like the IELTS Academic or IELTS General test, it’s always hard to say whether one is easier. After all, different students find certain things easier or harder. As the expression goes in English, “your mileage may vary.”
With that being said, the answer to the question above is… the IELTS General Training is probably easier than the IELTS Academic. Writing a short letter is easier than summarizing a complicated graph or table.
The makers of the test certainly seem to agree. The IELTS assumes that getting 30 out of 40 in general training reading is as hard as getting 23 out of 40 in academic reading. This is why 30/40 general training and 23/40 academic are both band 6.
However, do not assume that IELTS Listening or Speaking will be easier in general training. These two sections are the exact same format and the exact same difficulty level, no matter if you’re sitting for the IELTS academic or general test.
Does the easier nature mean you should choose IELTS General Training over IELTS Academic training? Not really. Ultimately, these tests really are 70% similar, and you won’t have a choice as to which format you sit for. So it’s probably better to figure out how hard the IELTS will be for you, regardless of the type.
Fortunately, at KenyanNurse,we have consultants you can bank on, thus no need to tense before making a choice on which of the two to take.We are now offering both the two trainings, ensure you consult with our IT expert Mr.Mark Timona, IELTS Coordinator Mr. Khakula Kennedy or our Managing Director Simiyu Paul_RN.
By Khakula Kennedy.
Khakula holds a Bsc.Control and instrumentation, and currently works with the Kenyan Nurse in the capacity of IELTS Coordinator.
Posted |2 months ago| by KenyanNurse
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