What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test of English Language Proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

It is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

IELTS Exam Format

30 minutes + 10 minutes (transfer time)

  • CD plays- Headphones – monologue & group conversation - 40 Questions- 4 Sections
  • Types of Questions: MCQ, Fill ups, Short Answers etc

60 minutes

  • ACADEMIC : 3 Passages, 40 Questions, 3 Sections
  • GENERAL : Create responsive, accessible, and beautiful layouts

60 minutes
Task1: 1-20 minutes

  • AC- Report Writing (Flow chart, pie chart, bar graph, etc)- Min 150 words
  • GT- Letter Writing (formal, informal , semi formal)- Minimum 150 words

Task: 2-40 minutes

  • ESSAY-Minimum 250 Words

SPEAKING - 11-14 minutes

  • Introduction (3-5 minutes)
  • Cue Card (1 minute to prepare and 2 minutes to speak on the topic)
  • Cross Questioning (3-5 Minutes)

Test Administration

IELTS tests are administered at centers throughout the world there are currently over 300 centers operating in more than 100 countries. Centers supervise the local administration of the test and ensure the provision of qualified and trained examiners. A full list of centers is available on the IELTS website. Test centers run regular test administrations, according to local needs and results are available within two weeks. Candidates receive only one copy of their results but additional copies may be sent by the test center directly to receiving organizations at the request of the candidate.

There are no restrictions on candidates re-taking the test. Academic and General Training IELTS is available in two formats-Academic and General Training.

The Academic Reading and Writing tests assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these tests.

The General Training Reading and Writing tests are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasize basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test center whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centers are not responsible for providing this information. The General Training Module is not offered at all test administrations.

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Band Score Scale

An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from 1 (no knowledge) to 9 (expert user). Students must aim for 6 bands as it is the most acceptable band score.

Test takers receive a Test Report Form including or listing their overall band score and their sub-scores on each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of the component scores is equally weighted. The overall band score is calculated by taking the mean of the total of the four individual component scores.

GENERAL – IELTS General Training is also divided into four sections

Listening: The test is for 30 minutes, an additional time of 10 minutes is given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet. The candidates are tested on their ability to understand lectures and conversations in various Western accents, primarily British

Reading: The duration of this test is 60 minutes in which three passages are given. Each passage forms one section of the test and is accompanied by 10 to 14 questions. There are a total of 40 questions.

  • Section 1 generally has two or three short paragraphs on factual texts.
  • Section 2 mostly has two short paragraphs based on factual texts.
  • Section 3 is likely to be a long passage on a general topic.

Writing: In this test 2 tasks have to be completed in 60 minutes. Task 1 comprises writing 150 words long formal or an informal letter on the given situation and in task 2 candidates are required to write a 250-word long essay on the given topic. The contribution of task 2 to the total writing score is twice of task 1.

Speaking: The speaking test is generally 11 to 14 minutes long and is conducted in a face-to-face interview format. This test has 3 sections, in the first section, the examiner asks questions related to the candidate’s introduction, etc. In the second section the candidate is asked to speak for 2 minutes on a general topic and in the third section follow-up questions related to the topic in section 2 are asked.

Test Result:

Candidate will receive a Test Report form which reports a score for each of the four skills -listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as an overall band score. Results are issued 13 days after the test. At some test centers candidates may collect their results on 13th day, at others results are mailed on the 13th day. Test centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email.

If a candidate is unhappy with his test result, he can apply for re-mark at the centre where you took the test. One must make the application no later than six weeks after the test date .You can choose which test components are re-marked. There is a fee for this service which will be refunded if your score on any component is increased. It takes 6-8 weeks to complete.

There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. If you do not get the result you wanted, you can register for another test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so. Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re -taking the test.