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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
IELTS can be taken on Paper or Computer

There are two versions of the IELTS :

  • The Academic Version and
  • The General Training Version
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted by almost all Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and more than 1800 US academic institutions. It is also an acceptable English test for immigration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and UK.
The IELTS Test Structure : The IELTS test comprises of four modules – Listening, reading, Writing and Speaking. Scores are reported in “Bands”for individual modules and overall test. All Candidates takes the same Listening and Speaking modules, while the Reading and Writing modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.
Test Duration 2 hours 45 minutes : The First three modules –Listening, Reading and Writing (always in that order) – are completed in one day with no break in between. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test or on the following day.
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
30 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 11-14 minutes

Listening – 30 minutes

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. aspeech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture
Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

Reading - 60 minutes

The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.
  • Academic Test : this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
  • General Test : this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.

Writing – 60 minutes

Academic Test : Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
  • Task 1 : you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stage of a process, how something wotks ot describe an object or event
  • Task 2 : you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
General Test : Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:
  • Task 1 : you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
  • Task 2 : you will be asked to you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

Speaking – 11 - 14 minutes

The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
  • Part 1 : the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2 : you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 : you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.


IELTS is scored on a nine band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. The Band scores are in either whole or half Bands.

The nine bands are described as follows :

Expert user
Very good user
Good user
Competent user
Modest user
Limited user
Extremely limited user
Intermittent user
Non user
An IELTS RESULT or Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two (2) years . The current IELTS test fee is INR 14000/-

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