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What is IELTS ?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language.

Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

Where IELTS Can Take You ?

USA

CANADA

NEW ZEALAND

UNITED KINGDOM

Types of IELTS test

Academic

The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking Enviroment.

General Training

The IELTS genral training is for those who are going to English Speaking countries for secondry education, work experience or training programs.

Detailed Test Format of IELTS

Test format – Listening
Timing: Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time).
No. of questions: 40
Task types: A variety of question types are used: multiple choice, matching,map/diagram labelling, form/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion.
Answering: Test takers write their answers on the question paper as they listen and at the end of the test are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet

Test format – Reading
Paper format: Three reading passages with a variety of questions using a number of task types.
Timing: 60 minutes(No extra time is allowed for transfer)
No. of questions: 40
Answering: Test takers are required to transfer their answers to an answer sheet during the time allowed for the test. No extra time is allowed for transfer.

Test format – Reading
Paper format: There are three sections. Section 1 may contain two or three short texts or several shorter texts. Section 2 comprises two texts. In Section 3, there is one long text.
Timing: 60 minutes( No extra time is allowed for transfer. )
No. of questions: 40
Answering: Test takers are required to transfer their answers to an answer sheet during the time allowed for the test.

Test format – Academic Writing
Paper format: There are two Writing tasks and BOTH must be completed.
Timing: 60 minutes
No. of questions: 2
Task types: In Task 1, test takers are asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart) in their own words. They need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes. In Task 2, they respond to a point of view or argument or problem. They need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.
Answering: Answers must be given on the answer sheet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points are not acceptable as answers.

Test format – General Training Writing
Paper format: There are two Writing tasks to complete.
Timing: 60 minutes
No. of questions: 2
Task types: In Task 1, test takers are asked to respond to a situation, for example, by writing a letter requesting information or explaining a situation. In Task 2, test takers write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
Answering: Answers must be written in full in the answer booklet. Notes or bullet points in whole or in part are not acceptable as answers.

IELTS Speaking description
Paper format: The Speaking test consists of an oral interview between the test takers' and an examiner. All Speaking tests are recorded.
Timing: 11-14 minutes.
No. of questions: 2
Task types: There are three parts to the test and each part fulfils a specific function in terms of interaction pattern, task input and test takers output.