Good news, Arizona! The IELTS test, one of the world’s most reputable, accurate tests of English language skills is available in the Grand Canyon State. With the right preparation, you’re on your way to earning the IELTS score you’re aiming for.
This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about the IELTS test, where to take it in Arizona, how to prepare for the day of your test, and our tips on how to get the best results on your IELTS with a personalized revision and practice program from GlobalExam.
Stay cool and cruise along with us as we walk you through the IELTS test in detail!
What to expect from the IELTS test
The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test is designed to assess your level of English comprehensively and fairly. There are two types of IELTS tests: the Academic version – meant for those who want to apply for higher education in major English-speaking countries – and the General Training version – for those who want to move to an English-speaking country for professional, training, or immigration purposes.
Both versions of the IELTS test you on all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You don’t need to have any special focus on a particular variety of English because the great thing about IELTS is that it uses a wide array of English dialects and accents!
The content of the two versions of the IELTS differ slightly; the Academic version naturally focuses on academic subject matter, while the General Training version covers an assortment of social and professional situations. Be sure you check with your organization or sponsor to find out which version of the IELTS is right for you. Then, make sure your testing center offers the test you need. Avoiding these unpleasant surprises is easy… as long as you prepare!
Test results are delivered 13 days after you take the test, which you can either collect in person from the test center or receive by mail. What’s more, you can sit the test as many times as necessary if you are not satisfied with your initial score, depending on available seats.
The IELTS test sites in Arizona
The IELTS testing centers in Arizona are responsible for taking registrations individually. They supervise the local administration of the test and recruit, train, and monitor IELTS examiners. In turn, the testing centers are accredited by the British Council to administer IELTS tests within the jurisdiction of Arizona.
The state of Arizona has two related testing locations to choose from:
Arizona is a big state, so choose the testing location nearest to you or which offers the IELTS test version you need. While both centers offer the IELTS test in its paper version or the computer-delivered version, make sure you check with the testing center if you need accommodations for special communication needs (braille materials, amplified sound, etc.).
IELTS tests are available on 48 fixed dates each year, usually Saturdays and sometimes Thursdays, and may be offered up to four times a month at any test center depending on local demand. Once you choose which site is best suited to your needs and are fully registered, make sure you allow for plenty of time to arrive at the location in either Arizonan city!
We made a list of numerous cities for you to pick in the US where you could also take the test such as NYC, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Tampa, Charlotte, San Francisco, San Diego, Indianapolis, Pittsburg, Pheonix and Houston.
Prepare for your IELTS test
IELTS scores are given on a scale of 1-9, both on the test overall and each skill section. If you know what score you need to attain before taking the test, this will orient you on how to prepare for it. For the IELTS Academic test, many universities require an IELTS 7 but you need to check if this is for the overall score or if each skill needs to be an overall average score of 7. No matter your IELTS goal, we’re sure you can make it… with a little preparation, of course!
Any test can be overwhelming, so it is strongly recommended to prepare fully for the IELTS test so you can achieve the score you’re aiming for, and learn about the structure of the test (what sorts of questions to expect, the length of each section and the test overall, types of dialogs used, etc.). These all need to be practiced to hone your test-taking and English skills together. Remember, these are standardized tests administered fairly to hundreds of candidates on any given date, which means the sections are timed. With good preparation, you’ll be set to manage your time effectively on testing day.
Practice online with GlobalExam
GlobalExam offers a full range of practice materials so you can be sure you will reach your IELTS goals. Our online training includes general language development as well as test-taking tips and strategies specific to the IELTS format. Plus, you have access to a personal statistics tracker so you can view your progress in real-time!
Of course, GlobalExam provides a full practice IELTS exam to get a genuine IELTS experience before you go in on the big day. With everything GlobalExam offers online, you’ll be sure to get the score you want from the comfort of home. GlobalExam is your perfect solution to prepare online for the IELTS test anywhere in Arizona and open up new opportunities all over the world!