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Should I go for an English grammar test?

I am looking for a job as a tutor. One of my friends suggested that I need to take a language test as a proof of my linguistic capabilities to convince the employer. I am a bit confused here. I already have a degree in the English literature, so what kind of test best suits my goals; anEnglish grammar test or something like ielts online test? Some people say that the ielts test is rather difficult. What is checked in this test? How can I prepare for this test? Is there any practice test available?

Samantha Barber

in Exams and Tests

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Derrick Little on January 23, 2018

I think mere English grammar tests will not improve your profile considerably. A language teacher is supposed to be good in every aspect of a language and grammar is just one among them. There are many other language tests which assess your ability in a more comprehensive way, for example, the online ielts test.

The ielts test is jointly owned by Cambridge English Assessment, the British Council, and IDP Australia. This test is rather exhaustive, assessing your linguistic credentials thoroughly. The test takes nearly three hours and it is divided into four modules; listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Both listening and reading have 40 questions each. In writing, you will answer two questions and the speaking is an 11-15 minutes one-to- one interview.

This test does not assess your grammar in a separate test but your grammatical range and accuracy is a criterion for scoring in both writing and speaking sections. Thus, unlike a grammar test with some fill the blanks and multiple choice questions, this test checks your ability to use your language in academic settings and real life situations. According to the purpose, there are two types of ielts test; the General IELTS and the Academic IELTS. The general ielts checks your ability to use English in real life situations, like the workplace. Therefore, it is easier than the Academic ielts. The Academic ielts test is for those who want to pursue studies at colleges and universities and for professionals who need excellent and error-free communication skills, like doctors, nurses, teachers and lawyers. For this reason, the language in the academic test is more difficult than the general one. However, the difference is not visible in speaking and listening modules.

You can take the test at the test centers of either IDP Australia or British Council. Both the centers administer the test in the same way and both the results are equally valid throughout the world. As of now, the validity of your test result is two years. However, if you are planning to take the ielts test, it is better to join some coaching classes or at least try a sample test. In this timed test, you are going to find a variety of question types, and, if you are not familiar with the test instructions, you are highly likely to waste a lot of time reading and understanding the instructions. However, some preparation will help you save this time. Remember, in this high stake test, right strategies are as important as linguistic abilities.

Kayla Bowen2 years ago

If you are planning to become a language teacher, it is a good idea to take the ielts online test. It will help you in many ways. Firstly, it will give you a clear idea about your language, and secondly, it will teach you many things which you often ignore. When I took the test for the first time, I found the writing part difficult to score despite being a literature graduate myself. Because of this failure, I joined some ielts preparation classes run by the British Council. Then I learned that to get a good score in writing, I should give equal attention to different areas like grammatical range and accuracy, lexical resources, cohesion and coherence, and task fulfillment. Thus, a few days of right preparation significantly changed the way I write essays. Thus, I managed to get a wonderful 8.5 band in writing in the second attempt. So, the gist is, don’t ignore preparation.

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