What is IELTS



IELTS:

International English Language Testing System calculates the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in the countries where English is language of communicaion. IELTS is the world's most popular English test for education and global migration. Nearly 10,000 Organizations around the world Accept IELTS The IELTS test is also the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes, by all countries that require one. In less than three hours, the IELTS test assesses all of the English skills necessary for academic purposes or for living abroad: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Who can take

1.IELTS is accepted for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
2.Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.
3.Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.

Exam Details

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.


There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

What you need Need to take
1.Study of undergraduate or postgraduate

2.join a professional organization
in an English-Speaking country
You should take IELTS Acadamic
1.Train or Study at below degree level

2.Work or undertake work-related
training in an English-Speaking
country
3.Emigrate to an English-Speaking country
You should take IELTS General Training

Exam Pattern

S.no Section Time
1. Listening 30 min
2. Reading 60 min
3. Writing 60 min
4. Speaking 15 min

Score

Band Score 9.0 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.0
Listening Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31
Reading Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31
Writing Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31

Score Reporting

IELTS can arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you want them to do this, please include the relevant details during registration for IELTS with the British Council.

IELTS General:

IELTS General Training – prove you have practical, everyday English language skills IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.

Take this test if you would like to:
train or study at below degree level work or undertake work related training in an English speaking country emigrate to an English speaking country get a better job in your own country. You can choose between paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS General Training. Both test formats will take place at one of our official test centres.

IELTS Academic:



The IELTS Academic test measures whether you have the level of English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

Take this test if you want to:
study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK work in a professional organisation in an English speaking country. You can choose between paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS Academic. Both test formats will take place at one of our official test centres. If you are applying to a UK University, that has requested you to take an IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration).

Exam Details

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.


There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Exam Pattern

S.no Section Time
1. Listening 30 min
2. Reading 60 min
3. Writing 60 min
4. Speaking 15 min
Band Score 9.0 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.0
Listening Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31
Reading Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31
Writing Score 39–40 37–38 35–36 32–34 30–31
IELTS can arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you want them to do this, please include the relevant details during registration for IELTS with the British Council.
IELTS Test Format
S.no Section Time Description
1. Listening 30 min

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. a speech 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.

2. Academic Reading 60 min

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.

IELTS 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.

3. General Reading 60 min

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.

IELTS General Training 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.

4. Academic Writing 60 min

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 stages of a process, how something works or 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.

5. General Writing 60 min

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 write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

6. Speaking 11-14 min

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.

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