IELTS Is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
IELTS was one of the pioneers of four-skills English language testing about 30 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. In the past year more than 3,5 million IELTS tests were taken.
You can rely on IELTS - the test that sets the standard. More than 10.000 organisations trust and recognize IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL) - some of the world's leading experts in language assessment. It is offered through over 1000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries and it has an excellent international reputation.
You can choose to take IELTS test either on paper or computer, depending on your conscience. There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty between the two options. Remember, you will have to carefully choose which module you wish to take – IELTS Academics or IELTS General Training, depending on the purpose of your taking the test. However, to study in the UK, you’ll have to take the IELTS test approved for UK Visa and immigration (UKVI).
You will be awarded an IELTS band score from 0-9 for each test section, which reflects your proficiency in English. Your IELTS Test Report Form will show a score for each of the skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) and an overall band score. You can score whole band scores (for example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half band scores (e.g. 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) in every section of the test. Your IELTS score is valid for 2 years.
PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. PTE Academic is a new, international, entirely computer-based academic English language test. The test measures the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills of test takers who are non-native speakers of English and need to demonstrate their level of academic English proficiency.
This will be of 3 hours test session, where you can find there different parts: Speaking and Writing (together), Listening and Reading. There is also a provision of 10 minutes break between the Reading and Writing parts which is an optional.Test Format
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) measures a person’s proficiency in the Japanese language. Test results are widely used by professionals seeking employment at Japanese companies and students seeking acceptance at Japanese educational institutions to certify their language proficiency.
The test has five levels, from level 5 for beginners to level 1 for advanced students. Writing, reading, listening, vocabulary and grammar skills are all tested during the 1.5 to 3 hour test. Anyone wishing to take the test should register at least three months in advance. Results of the test are released about 2 to 3 months after the test date.
|Level||A summary of linguistic competence required for each level|
The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.
The ability to understand basic Japanese.
The ability to understand some basic Japanese.
NAT-TEST is the Japanese language proficiency test which measures the Japanese language ability of the students who doesn’t possess the native Japanese speaking capability. The test is considered by five difficulty levels i.e. N5 basic level to N1-Advanced level. And the general ability is measured in three categories: Grammar/ Vocabulary, Listening and Reading Comprehension.
When students are entering a Japanese university or applying for a college student visa, they often take the JLPT as a general way to measure their language ability. It is also an excellent way to prepare for that exam. (For example, Level 5 of the NAT-TEST is equivalent to N5 of the JLPT). One other advantage the NAT-TEST has is that while the JLPT is only held twice a year (once a year in select countries), NAT exam is held six times a year so you can use it to get a more detailed measure of the progress of your Japanese ability.
Levels 3, 4 and 5 have a Language Knowledge section, which includes kanji and vocabulary, a second Language Knowledge section with grammar and reading, and then a Listening section. On the day of the exam, it will take several hours for test takers to complete the test.
|Level 1 1Q||
One has studies Japanese for about one year (approx. 1000 hours of study) and has achieved an extremely high level of Japanese competence. This level is suitable for those who wish to enter a Japanese university or graduate school and for those who are seeking to pass level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
|Level 2 2Q||
One has studied Japanese for nine to twelve months (approx. 800 hours of study) and has achieved a high level of Japanese competence. This level is suitable for those who are studying Japanese as a prerequisite to enter a vocational school or Japanese university in the future and for those who are seeking to pass level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
|Level 3 3Q||
One has studied Japanese for six to nine months (approx. 600 hours of study) and has achieved a moderate level of Japanese competence. This level is suitable for those who wish to prepare for a university or vocational school entrance exam and for those who are seeking to pass level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
|Level 4 4Q||
One has studied Japanese for three to six months (approx. 400 hours of study) and has achieved a basic level of Japanese competence. This level is suitable for those who are seeking to pass level 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Level 4 (4Q) of NAT-TEST is equivalent to CEFR A2.
|Level 5 5Q||
One has studied Japanese for one to three months (approx. 200 hours of study) and has achieved a very basic level of Japanese competence. This level is suitable for those who are seeking to pass level 5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. TOPIK test measures proficiency in reading, writing and listening comprehension in the Korean language. The test has three different levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Further accuracy is expressed through six grade, two matched to each level to evaluate proficiency.
National Institute for International education (NIIED), which operates directly under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, is responsible for the general management of the test, such as supervising institutions administering the test in domestic and overseas locations.
TOPIK test is conducted 5 times in a year inside Korea (January, April, July, October, and November) and twice a year overseas (April and October). In most countries, the beginner and advanced level TOPIK papers are in the morning and the intermediate papers are held in the afternoon. Test is always held on Sunday (in some countries on Saturdays as well). TOPIK results are valid for 2 years from the time of test result announcement.
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