IELTS Graduation 2007 MacMillan
Welcome to IELTS Graduation 2007 Macmillan. This book provides you with exam practice materials and will also:
• Encourage you to develop useful examination skills that will help you increase your IELTS score.
• Teach you about the various question types you will encounter in IELTS and the most effective ways to answer them.
It consists of:
- IELTS Graduation Student Book.
- IELTS Graduation Study Skills Book.
- IELTS Graduation Teacher Book.
- IELTS Graduation Study Skills CD
- IELTS Graduation Student Book CD1
- IELTS Graduation Student Book CD2
Each section of this book corresponds to one of the four IELTS modules. You are encouraged to develop your skills by doing focused exercises. Detailed guidance is given in the key. In the skills practice sections, you are given the opportunity to practice what you have learned. At the end of the book, there is a complete Practice test. As IELTS Graduation is aimed at students starting at around 5.5, the reading and listening texts are similar in length and difficulty to those in IELTS. Model answers and sample student answers are given for both the Writing and Speaking sections. Useful language is provided. This enables you to evaluate your own work. This book is appropriate for self-study, but could also be used as the basis for a short intensive IELTS preparation course.
The IELTS Exam
IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, is an exam designed to assess your level of English, on a scale from 1-9. The score you need will depend upon the course and the university you want to study at, but many students find they need to get an overall band score of 6. Each section is weighted equally, but it is possible to get half band scores for the Reading and Listening modules (eg 5.5, or 6.5), but only whole number bands (eg 5, 6, 7 etc) for Speaking and Writing. Overall, therefore, you may get a half band score.
Band 9- Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8 – Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations.
Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7 – Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles
complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6 – Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies, and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5 – Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in
Band 4- Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3- Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication can occur.
Band 2 – Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1-Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0 – Did not attempt the test
No assessable information provided.