Curious about IELTS? Complete study guide to IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test for people who plan to study, work or migrate to countries (Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA) where English is used as language for communication. The test is taken by more than 3 million people every year. It is managed by three reputable organizations

  • . British Council
  • . IDP Education: IELTS
  • . University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Applicants can give their IELTS exam by applying it from any one of these organizations. The IELTS score is valid for 2 years and applicant can apply for the admission in university or for work experience in that span of 2 years.

IELTS also offers paper and computer based exam, where applicants can choose depending on their convenience and there is no difference between paper and computer based exam, both consists the same content, format and level of difficulty.

Scoring of IELTS

Results of IELTS are reported on 9-band scale and designed to be simple and easy to understand. The band scores are reported on a scale from 1 to 9 band and there is no pass or fail in IELTS exam.

Test Module

IELTS consists of two types of module

Academic Training:

This format is for those who want to study in university or institution of higher education, the score of Academic test is used as admission into undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

General Training:

This format is typically for those who are planning for secondary education, working experience or migrate.

Applicants have to carefully choose the test module depending on their purpose of taking the test.

Test Format

IELTS covers four basic language skills and consists of four modules where each module has individual band score reported on scale from 1 to 9 band by these results from four modules the overall band score is produced. The four modules are

  • . Listening
  • . Reading
  • . Writing
  • . Speaking

IELTS Listening test is of 30 minutes, in that you have to answer the questions by listening to the recordings which is of native English and the tape is repeated only once. It consists of 4 parts with 10 questions each which makes a total of 40 questions in listening test and each question carries 1 mark.

IELTS Reading test is of 60 minutes and consists of 3 parts and 40 questions which is designed to test your reading skills. The applicants have to read the content or essays to figure out the answers in a given time.

IELTS Writing test consists of 2 writing questions which should be completed in 60 minutes.

IELTS Speaking test is conducted in 3 parts to test your spoken English skills and it is of 11 – 14 minutes. It is an oral interview between applicant and examiner and all speaking test takers are recorded.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are taken on the same day but speaking test is taken on different day, four days before or after LRW test (listening, reading and writing). The Reading and Writing tests are different in Academic and General training but Listening and Speaking tests remain the same.

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