What is IELTS life skills?
Welcome to the IELTSKING
Today I will explain to you
What is IELTS life skill?
Who IELTS life skill test is for?
How is it structured?
So you know exactly what to expect and you can start preparing to do your very best on test day.
Q1. Is IELTS life skills for me?
If you are planning to move to stay in the UK. You can use IELTS skills as part of your application for three key types of visas.
UK visa type:
Level A1: Level A1 I for a family of a settled person visa.
Level A2: Level A2 is for an extension to a family, spouse, or partner visa.
Level B1: Level B1 is for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship
As the name suggests IELTS life skills focus on the language skills you need for everyday life in the UK. It is for people who only need to prove their English speaking and listening skills. And who leaves to meet the common European framework of reference language Level A1, A2 or B1.
Q2. How do IELTS life skills work?
Well, it’s a test that you take face-to-face with an Examiner. It’s a conversation, giving you the chance to show you can understand and respond to a number of tasks, so your Speaking and Listening skills will be assessed.
(Everyday English)Topics of conversation can include:
Each task is designed to use the kind of conversational English you will need for living in the UK. So you can find yourself doing anything from talking about your family and friends. And your hobbies to discussing the weather and tasking for directions.
What is the test format?
The exact format of the test depends on which you are taking.
Who is in the room?
For all test types, you take it with an examiner and another test taker. Don’t worry the performance of the other test taker won’t affect your scores.
How long does it take?
• Level A1: 16-18minutes
• Level A2: no more than 20 minutes
The test length depends on what level you take The lengths of the test range from 16 to 22 minutes in total. And there is no break between the speaking and listening parts of the tests.
How is life skills assessed?
1 Obtaining information
2 Conveying information
3 Speaking to communicate
4 Engaging in discussion
You’ll be assessed throughout a number of skills. How well you obtain and share information. How well you speak to communicate. And your ability to engage in a discussion the exact format of the test varies depending on which level you are taking.
Let’s have a look at each in turn
A1 Speaking and listening:
Level A1 is the most basic level test. It is a test you take if you are applying for a family of settled person visa. At this level, you’ll be expected to listen and respond to the examiner. Communicate have conversations about familiar topics.
Typical taken can include:
You ‘ill find yourself demonstrating a whole range of language skills as part of natural everyday conversation.
An example of a question for level A1 would be “What activates do you do in your spare time?”
Level A2 tests slightly more advanced language skills. It is a test for the extension for a family spouse or partner visa at this level. You’ll be expected to listen and respond to more complex situations and information and show that you can communicate as part of the group.
You find yourself demonstrating all the language skills you would need for level A1 plus some additional ones. An example question for level A2
”would how often do you use a computer when you study?” How often do you use a computer when you study and what do you use it for?
Level B1 is slightly more advanced. it’s the test for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship. This level introduces elements. Such as using appropriate formality for a particular conversation. And taking part in discussions where you make relevant points and reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.
You will find yourself demonstrating all the language skills you would need for levels A1 and A2, plus some additional ones. An example of a question for level B1 would be “What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling by bus?”
For all IELTS life-skills tests, there are only two possible results pass or fail a fail result means that you have not been successful, and your test cannot be used for your visa application. A pass means you are one step closer to moving to the Uk that’s our guide to the IELTS life skills.
We hope it’s given you a clear idea of who it’s for and what you expect if you decide it’s the right test for you.