IELTS Life Skills is a speaking and listening test, which is available at A1 and B1 levels, as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This exam is needed to support an application to live in the United Kingdom.
The tasks in the test reflect the experience of communicating in an English-speaking country.
Two candidates take the test together, and are interviewed by one examiner. The test cannot be taken alone.
The topics covered in the test include:
• personal details and experiences
• family and friends
• buying goods
• education and training
At B1 level, candidates are expected to demonstrate that they can:
• listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions
• communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality
• talk with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.
Speaking tasks at B1 level may include the following skills:
-describing and comparing
-giving personal information
-asking for information or descriptions
-agreeing and disagreeing
-explaining, giving reasons or justifying
-showing contrast, cause, reason or purpose
-asking about past or future events
-expressing future certainty or possibility.
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