The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English Language proficiency test for study, work or migration, exceeding three million tests takers pan globe (2018). The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, over 140 countries worldwide.
IELTS test is paper or computer based, depending takers’ convenience. There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty between the two options - IELTS Academic for Student Visa and IELTS General Training for Permanent Residence (PR). However, to study only in the UK, there is IELTS UKVI test
IELTS test format
IELTS is a test of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, which is taken in one sitting with no breaks in between. For the Speaking test, book a slot online on a preferred date and time. Fail to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated. The total test time is under three hours.
|IELTS Listening test (30 minutes)||Listen to four recordings and then answer the questions asked. The recordings are of native English speakers and the duration of the test is 30 minutes.|
|IELTS Reading test (60 minutes)||The IELTS Reading test requiresanswering 40 questions and is designed to test on an array of reading skills, such as read for gist, main ideas, details, logical arguments, skimming, and figuring out the writers’ attitudes, opinions and intentions.|
|IELTS Writing test (60 minutes)||The IELTS writing test has two tasks and covers topics of general interest based on the selected module.|
|IELTS Speaking Test (11-14 minutes)||The IELTS Speaking test assesses spoken English skills. The test is recorded and conducted in three parts, usually at a different location than the LRW test.|
IELTS test dates
The IELTS test registrations available four times a month or 48 times a year (for paper-based), and are generally held on Saturdays and Thursdays to provide flexibility and convenience to the test seekers; results delivered to view online on the 13th day from the LRW date, but the hard copy for admission is delayed by around another week. The computer-delivered IELTS can be chosen from multiple dates and time slots in a day and results declared within 5-7 days. However, the availability of the IELTS dates may differ as per the test type and module opted for - Academic or General Training.
IELTS Exam Formate
|Sections||Parts and Number of Questions||Duration||Total Score|
|Modules||Academic & General Training||-||-|
|Listening||40 Objective questions||30 Min+10 Min to transfer the answers||-|
|Reading||40 Objective questions||3 passages - 60 Minutes||-|
|Writing||GT : Task 1–Letter (150 Words) & Task 2- Essay (250 Words)
AC: Task 1–Report/Graph/Chart (150 Words) & Task 2- Essay (250 Words)
11 to 14 Minutes of interview with a trained examiner
Part 1- Introduction,
Part 2-Cue Card
Part 3- General Discussion
Total Score:9 Bands