Oratory Skills: Speaking

21 Sep

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This section evaluates a candidate’s communication skills. The use of the right language with the correct grammar is one of the criteria he/she is marked on. Not only this, the candidate must be able to move out of the generic and speak descriptively on the topic at hand.

  • Section 1: General Questions (4-5 minutes)
  • Section 2: Cue Card Topic (2+1=3 minutes)
  • Section 3: Follow up/Discussion questions on the topic (4-5 minutes)

The test takes between 11-14 minutes. The topics for discussion are very generic and relatable to every day. An example of a topic for Section 2 would be the following:

Describe a foreign country you have never been to. You must say:

  • where the country is
  • when you will go there
  • why you would like to go there

The speaking test is also marked on a band of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Fluency and coherence – the ability to speak accurately and logically without much hesitation
  • Lexical resource – the ability to use the right vocabulary and sentence structuring.
  • Grammatical range and accuracy – use of correct grammar
  • Pronunciation – the ability to say words in their right pronunciation effortlessly





Grammar and Vocabulary Skills: Writing

21 Sep

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Writing consists of two sections. While general training has letter writing, the academic training aspirants will be tested on their analysis of statistical/tabular/dioramic data. Grammar is one of the key testing points in this section. A candidate is also assesses on his ability to arrange data and respond correctly to a given statement.

  • Task 1: Letter writing/Chart Writing (Academic)
  • Task 2: Essay writing

A candidate is given a total of 60 minutes to complete both tasks. They are advised not to spend more than 20 minutes on the Letter writing/Chart writing and not more than 40 minutes on the Essay writing.

3 types of letters can be asked which are:

  • Formal
  • Semi – formal
  • Informal

Essay writing is based on a number of topics which include technology, education, parenting, leisure, housing, etc.

Chart writing is more of an analytical assessment. A candidate is given a chart/graph/table/diagram and must report the facts, in the data given.


The writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement –all parts of the task should be fully addressed
  • Coherence and Cohesion – the content should be written in cohesive paragraphs
  • Lexical Resource – the ability to use a wide range of vocabulary
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – use of many grammatical structures with accuracy


Comprehension Skills: Reading

21 Sep

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Part 2: Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of three reading passages with a total of 2150-2750 words. These passages are taken from journals, magazines, books, and newspapers etc.

In General Training, texts included in this test are topics that are generic in nature and for a non – specialised audience. Academic reading however has articles that are academic in nature as to test the knowledge of students taking the IELTS exam to study in a foreign university. The purpose of this section is to see if aspirants are able to identify the key ideas in the text, skim through comprehensive detail and follow a sequence of an argument.

It consists of 3 pages divided into 3 sections. 35 – 40 questions can be asked and one’s band score is based on how many answers he/she gets right.

The question types include:

  • True/False/Not Given
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Summary Completion
  • Sentence Completion
  • Multiple Choice: Choose a single answer
  • Multiple Choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Diagram Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow Chart Completion
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Paragraphs
  • Matching Sentence Headings
  • List Selection
  • Choose a title
  • Categorisation

The raw score to band score, conversion table is below:


Scoring – General

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Scoring – Academic

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Communicative Skills: Listening

21 Sep

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The Listening section of the test is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to follow a sequence of conversation and understand the central theme of it. People conversing in Australian, British, New Zealand and American accents are heard on the given pre-recorded CD-ROM.

The candidate must listen to four sections in the recordings:

  • Section 1: Conversation between 2 people
  • Section 2: Monologue
  • Section 3: Conversation between 3-4 people
  • Section 4: Conversation on an academic subject

In each section, a series of 10 questions follow. These questions include:

  • Multiple Choice: Choose a single answer
  • Multiple Choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Matching Content
  • Plan/Diagram/Map Labelling
  • Note Completion

Based on the number of right answers, a candidate is scored on a band. For example, if a candidate scores 33/40 he is given a band score of 7.5 as illustrated in the table below.


Understanding IELTS in 3 Simple Steps

21 Sep

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Step 1 – What Is IELTS?


The International English Language Testing System is an international English exam that is accepted as a proficient test of one’s English listening, reading, writing and speaking ability.

The number of organisations accepting IELTS results has reached 10,000, cementing the test’s position as the world’s leading English language test for education and global migration purposes.

Since one’s grip on the language is crucial in the educational field and employment market, the importance of this exam has increased over the years.

This being said, the number of IELTS exam takers is estimated to be in the millions.


Step 2 – IELTS Exam Types

The IELTS exam is of two types:

  1. Academic Training
  2. General Training

Note: The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both tests. Reading and Writing however differ, with these sections being more scholastically orientated for the Academic section.

Step 3 – IELTS Format

The following is the format for the examination:

Part 1: Listening (40 minutes)

Part 2: Reading (60 minutes)

Part 3: Writing (60 minutes)

Part 4: Speaking (11-14 minutes)


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The Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam was introduced in the year 2009.
The IELTS exam is a strictly paper based exam while the PTE exam is taken online. As similar as these examinations are, there are a few differences that set them apart with regard to their study material and scoring. The method of scoring differs as well, with IELTS takers being scored on a band of zero to nine. The PTE takers, on the other hand, are scored on a band of ten to ninety. With regard to the speaking test, IELTS takers engage in live conversation which is recorded with a recording device. The PTE takers however, speak into a microphone connected to a computer which uses software to assess the English-speaking skills of the candidate.


Having discussed the details of each exam, the important question to ask yourself is why you should enrol yourself with HURRAY. Over the years, HURRAY has been identified as one of the best IELTS and PTE coaching centres in Bengaluru. Apart from having good infrastructural facilities and communication services, we have some of the best resources and trainers that have been oriented to guide our students in the right direction in reaching their goals.

Our practice sessions, assisted reviews and mock tests have been specifically created to assess candidates keeping in mind the diversity of our students and their level of comprehension of the English language. Hands – on classroom sessions are simulated to improve the candidate’s writing skills. Moreover, individual attention is given to each student. Efforts are made to understand the difficulties they face and make sure that not even one student is left behind. Rigorous testing is one of the training methods we use so as to acquaint students with the standard level of English speaking and writing abilities they need to achieve. Their marks are evaluated constantly and regular feedback is provided by our trainers to allow them to identify their mistakes and work on them. The four criteria of the exam are listening, reading, writing and speaking and we ensure that our students are well versed with each one by the time they are ready to take the IELTS/PTE exam.


Candidates are also assisted in booking their dates for the exam and are provided with any additional information they may need.

Our belief is that every candidate has the ability to learn if provided with the right material over a specific time period that allows them not only to understand the basic facets of the English language but also provides them the opportunity to explore English as a universe that has an unending scope. Our aim is to not only to ensure that our students get a high band score, but also to improve their overall knowledge of the English language. We look at our students not just as those seeking to immigrate to another country but as individuals looking for a chance to change their lives for the better.


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                                      PROFILE:  Chandrabati Chatterjee


As one of the Founders of HURRAY, Mrs. Chandrabati Chatterjee has been a guiding light and a mentor for each and every employee. She has 25 years of experience in multiple fields of education including around 20 years of teaching and training experience in different schools across India and Europe. Apart from teaching in International Baccalaureate schools, she has also worked with the Indian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally, Mrs. Chandrabati worked as an HR executive and therefore has an in-depth understanding of personnel management. This unique combination of skills makes her an expert in staffing, job analysis, planning, employee development and relations. She is a people’s leader and exhibits amazing empathy in communication and Spartan discipline; qualities that act as a breeding ground for advancement and success.

Making IELTS easy in Hurray!

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Many of us dream of studying in universities or joining multinational companies abroad where the scope for career growth and overall exposure is much higher. To join these prestigious institutions however, requires a certain proficiency in English, without which, any opportunity to enter the international job market is compromised.


Currently, the number of English speakers in the world is around 2 billion. As the first or second language of many countries, English has been recognised as a common medium of communication among nations. It is the language of choice in business, science, technology and industry relations. This is why universities abroad make it compulsory for non – English speaking applicants to take the IELTS exam. More importantly, most of the study material provided may be in English, making it mandatory for students to have strong listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Most of the International companies operating in multiple countries often have a policy containing clauses regarding the English proficiency of candidates.

According to recent estimates, only about 10% of the Indian population can communicate in English capably. This is much below the average number of people who would like to settle abroad for further education and better income jobs. Non – English speakers must therefore learn the basic concepts of spoken and written English, not only to be admitted to foreign universities and companies but also to connect with the people in these foreign environments.

Basic statistics indicates that 70% of the IELTS exam takers from India are repeat takers. They must repeat the exam in order to achieve a better band score. The reason for this is that a majority of the coaching centres do not provide the necessary training and study material. Students sometimes feel they are way in over their head as the trainer is more concentrated on finishing the given portions rather than understanding the needs of their pupils. Another reason is that a lot of the candidates are in the age brackets of 25 to 40. They have to balance their work/family life with coaching and this mostly leads to them rushing through the portions without much understanding. The biggest reason for underperformance in the IELTS exam



is a certain stigma attached to the English language and literature. It is assumed to be too complex a language with complicated words and sentences that are spoken at a brisk pace. We at HURRAY however, have been able to break this notion with only 30% of our students being repeat takers. We allow them to understand the language and see it for what it is; a linguistic skill that can be picked up by anyone!

Preparation for an IELTS exam is not a problematic feat. The level of difficulty depends on each individual candidate as it is based on their knowledge of the subject. However, even one with not such a keen understanding of the language can do well in the exam provided he enrols himself in coaching classes where he is given an opportunity to learn English not just a another language but as a subject that will provide for him a skill that will benefit him for the rest of his life and this is exactly what HURRAY does. Our classes provide to our students structured teaching, systematic testing and continuous progress checks in order to ensure that every student rises above the challenge.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam has been recognised as the most successful exam in determining the English proficiency of its candidates. It has been recognised by over a 10,000 organisations in the world in 140 countries to date. Established in the year 1989, it is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Candidates are tested on the four main criteria that the English language is built on; listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

The paper is structured accordingly:







The IELTS exam is a written exam available in two versions: General and Academic training. The general training program mainly applies to those persons wishing to migrate to Canada, Australia or The United Kingdom or to those candidates applying for job placements, training and development programs and secondary education abroad. The academic training however, is for those who seek to pursue their higher education or professional registration abroad. In fact, the IELTS exam is the only secure English language test approved by UK Visa authorities for visa customers applying for citizenship. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand.

A band scale of zero (“Did not attempt the test”) to nine (“Expert user”) is used to assess the candidate. There is no minimum score required to pass the examination. However, universities and foreign employers often judge the English comprehension and speaking abilities of the respective candidate based on their results. Most educational institutions require a band score between six and eight points. The score is valid for a period of two years. It is offered up to four times a month and a total of forty eight times a year. The results are published within a period of thirteen days. The benefit of taking the IELTS exam is that no prerequisite is required in terms of academic performance or prior working experience in a predominantly English speaking background. The level of difficulty of the exam is also decided keeping in mind the diversity of the non – English speaking candidates. Efforts have been made to incorporate the variations of American and British English in this examination as many of the takers are from English speaking countries where the pronunciation, grammar and structuring of sentences differ.

HURRAY, in collaboration with the British Council, IDP Australia and Pearson have created a mutually advantageous relationship. These organisations provide us with periodic training seminars as well as online master classes which happen at least twice a month. They help us to sharpen the skill of our trainers and provide new insights into the dimensions of this exam. Due to our outstanding performance and progressive results we have been awarded over the consecutive years as being one of their best partners. Through our centres across India, we train and teach hundreds of candidates every year and ensure they sign up for this exam which is prepared by our partners.