There are many students who have accidentally booked the incorrect test while registering online for the IELTS exam. As strange as this situation might sound it is actually quite common even in countries like Singapore. Fortunately, the British council and the IDP have made correcting this error quite simple.
How Can I Book The Correct IELTS Test?
Students who wish to change their module should email their test centre at least 14 days before their scheduled test date to request a module change form. This applies only to those candidates who were lucky enough to have booked their test on a date where both modules where offered. If this is not the case, you will have to request a change at least 34 days before your scheduled test date. This form has to be filled in and handed in personally or via courier service to the test centre. Students also have to attach their previous IELTS confirmation letter. A fee of around $50US dollars is charged for this service.
Students who fail to submit their forms within the specified time will have to postpone their exams and pay the required postponement fee.
Some students book the incorrect module because they are unaware of the type of IELTS test that they need to take. All of this can be avoided if a student is well equipped with the correct information regarding the academic and general training modules.
Who Should Take The IELTS Academic Module?
The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English – speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. The type of tasks for the academic test is designed to reflect content and situations that you might have to deal with as a student, such as note-taking for lectures, or skimming through textbooks and writing formal reports.
Who Should Take The IELTS General Training Module?
The General Training Module is for those test takers who are planning to move to English speaking countries like the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for secondary education, work experience or training programs. This test is specifically designed to check whether or not a candidate has the English language skills necessary to survive everyday life in an English-speaking environment. It focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
Once you have changed your module, you also need to make some amendments to your preparation. the listening and speaking components of both exams are the same. However, there are some key differences in the reading and writing modules of the academic and general training exams.
The General Training Reading tests contain 3 sections with up to 2 texts, while the academic test has 1 reading passage per section. The first Writing Task for the Academic Module is a Formal Report while the first Writing Task for the General Training Module is a letter, which can be formal, semi-formal or informal. The General Training Reading passages and writing task are usually much easier than the Academic passages.
Both tests require thorough preparation weeks before the test. The IELTS test fee is quite costly for most students (around 200 to 250 US dollars). Most students do not get their required test results or scores on their first try because they underestimate the difficulty of the exam. They also try to prepare themselves by using unauthentic materials that are free of charge. Therefore, my advice would be to make sure you get trained on the best ways to tackle the exam by an IELTS professional, who can give you clear insight into what will be. expected of you on test day.