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Which Mode of IELTS is best? IELTS PBT or IELTS CBT

The IELTS as a tradition, has been conducted as a paper-based English test for almost more than many decades now. Thanks to the incidence of a much better computer-based technological intervention, the increasing trend of using technology to deliver education and testing, IELTS also seems to have updated itself as a language test. It has now introduced a computer-based tests (CBT)along with the Paper-based tests (PBT). This option was already available for IELTS aspirants for VISA and Immigration since 2016.

Now both the exam options are available for the test candidates.

IELTS as a Language proficiency exam continues to be unchanged, but now computers as a means will be there to stay as a conducting medium for the exam. It has a benefit as increased frequency due to technology will eventually result in multiple sessions in one day and quicker results. It would not be incorrect to predict that future will witness CBT and PBT as one complimenting each other. Therefore, it is quite important that your IELTS test preparation is aware and well practiced as per both test Types.

The listening, reading and writing sections of IELTS will come under CBT. As per British Council IELTS website it is evident that CBT is similar to the PBT, including the type of questions asked, the content, timings, and also the marking, rather the overall test format. There is no change in the IELTS speaking test it will still be conducted face-to-face with an examiner. The examiners will continue to evaluate the writing and the speaking sections as these two are analytically marked. Another attribute of the CBT that is quite beneficial is that the test centers will be less congested.

The order of the test is a similar, CBT begins with Listening, to be followed by Reading, Writing, and finally Speaking.

The listening section of PBT allowed us ten mins to transfer answers to the answer sheet, in the listening section. But CBT will not have any such benefit.

You will be given sometime in between the sections to write the answers but is no extra time will be allowed at the end. You will be given a computer booth and a headset for the Listening component.

Once you begin and click on ‘Start Test’ on the introductory screen, it will take you to the to the questions. There’s a timer on the screen which shows you how much time you are left with before the other sections begin. The clock will blink red and start blinking fast, when you have ten- and five-minutes left. The timer will automatically stop when the test is over.  Instructions will also flash on the screen for each part of the test. navigation bar at the bottom. In case you have any doubts on any particular response, you can click on review at the bottom, and go back to it later. You can change your responses anytime till the test ends. You can hide your screen if you need a bio break.

The most significant advantage can be seen in writing in the CBT. You will find typing comfortable. At least there will be scope for editing, re-structuring sentences if need be. No fear of untidy cutting or strikes and fear of dirty handwriting. Moreover, the word count on the screen will keep you informed.

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Tips & Tricks To Score High in TOEFL Exam

Tips & Tricks To Score High in TOEFL Exam 

The TOEFL Exam gives you a chance to showcase that you have the Skills in the English Language which are necessary for emphatic  communication in an academical set up.

There are Four Sections: ReadingListeningSpeaking, and Writing. All of these sections are attempted  in one  session which takes approximately four hours.

Reading Section:

Reading is the very first section and it is normally sixty to eighty minutes. The There are three or four passages of about 700 words each. In each passage, candidate has to deal with 12 to 14 multiple choice questions, and can return to other questions to change or read the answers given.  

FYI: TOEFL as an exam always adds a passage which is extra for upcoming tests but its difficult to understand which one is it.                                                                        

TOEFL Listening:

This is followed by Listening which takes good 60-90 minutes. In the listening section, test taker will have to listen to 3 conversations, 3 lectures and 3 discussions but out of these only  2 conversations, 2 lectures and 2 discussions will be evaluated and marked. This is exactly how TOEFL adds  new tests .  Similarly  as in Reading, we don’t  know which two tests will be allotted marks it leaves us with no other option but to do our best in all three. every conversation is  three minutes long and has five multiple choice questions and e the lectures and discussions are  three to five minutes of duration and  there are six  multiple choice questions. Audios are played once only, and you must answer the questions in the order in which they are given. Also you can’t go back to attempted questions. At the end of the  Listening section, there is a  break for ten minutes .

Remember: The extra question will either be in Reading Or Listening but never both.

TOEFL Speaking:

The break is followed by the Speaking section. This section  has six tasks of  about 20 minutes.  Some tasks may ask you to listen to part of a conversation between two people  or a lecture, However some also need  you to read a passage. So there will be a conglomeration of independent as well as integrated tasks.

TOEFL Writing:

Finally, Writing section too has two tasks one independent and the other an integrated task . In the first writing question you will have to  read a passage and listen to a short lecture, then write on the same and we get twenty mins for the same. The second task is about writing an opinion on a given writing prompt.

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