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IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test.

It is designed to assess the language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies with over 2 million people a year take the test.

Types of IELTS

There are two different types of IELTS exams: Academic and General .

The Speaking and Listening tests are the same in both modules, but the Reading and Writing tests are different.

Academic module

Suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes.

IELTS General Training

Suitable for test takers wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

Exam Pattern

The IELTS test consist of 4 sections – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The test for Listening, Reading, Writing (in this order) takes place on the same day without any breaks.

Speaking will be taken on the same day after a break or with-in 7 days before or after the written test.

The duration for the test is 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
IELTS Academic and General Training tests differs only in the subject matter of Reading and Writing Section.

Step 1: Find your text location

Since there are more than 1,200 IELTS test locations across 140 countries, will you sure fine one near you!

Step 2: Complete the registration

You can either register online or you can also download the application form, take a print and submit the completed hard copy to your local centre.

Please remember that the identity document that you use for your registration has to be produced on the day of the test.

Step 3: Your test is booked

Your application will now be processed post which you will receive a written confirmation from the centre on your test date and time

The Speaking test will take place either on the same day or within seven days before or after your written examination.

Registration can be done by

IELTS Test-listening

Time: 30 minutes + 10 minutes to transfer your answers

4 sections with a total of 40 questions

  • Listening to a Conversation
  • Listening to a Monologue
  • Listening to a Group Conversation
  • Listening to an Academic Monologue

Audios are based on real-world listening situations and each session are in the order of difficulty

Range of topics and tasks

  • listening for specific information e.g.dates, place names
  • understanding gist
  • understanding speaker attitude/opinion

Recording will be played only once.

1 Mark each – Final scores to be translated to a 9 band scale.

IELTS Test-Reading

Time: 60 Minutes

3 Reading passages

40 Questions,1 Mark each – Final scores to be translated to a 9 band scale.

A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills.

Reading – Academic

Includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

Reading – General Training

Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues and Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

Text are extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.

IELTS Test-Writing

Time: 60 minutes, 2 tasks

Academic Writing:

Task 1 – 150 words in 20 minutes

A graph, a table, chart or diagram and describe, summaries or explain the information in your own words, describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process

Task 2 – 250 words in 40 minutes

Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem

General Writing:

Task 1 – 150 words in 20 minutes

Letter writing – Provide explanation or request for information based on a situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style

Task 2 – 250 words in 40 minutes

Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem

IELTS Test-Speaking

Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Face to face interview between one candidate and one examiner.

Part 1(4-5mins): Introduction and interview

Part 2(1-3 mins incl. prep): Cue Card or Long Turn Round (Individual talk)

Part 3(4-5 mins): Discussion topics

IELTS Scoring Pattern

  • All IELTS scores are between 0 and 9.
  • A candidate will be scored in multiples of 0.5.
    • Example : 6.5, 7, 5.5 etc
  • Each skill will get a band score between 0 and 9.
  • Overall band score is an average score of all the skills.
  • Overall score will be rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.5.
    • Example: 6.1 will be rounded to 6, while 6.25 will be rounded to 6.5 and 6.75 to 7.


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