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Updated: Apr 10

International English Language Testing System ( IELTS) is one of the oldest test to assess your proficiency in English, if you are planning to study, work or migrate to any English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, The USA or The UK.

Why is IELTS different than other English Language Tests:

Incorporated in1980, IELTS has set a standard for more than 30years in English Language Testing. IELTS is recognized, accepted and trusted by governments, employers and educational institutions in over 140 countries and by more than 12000 institutions across the globe.

Partners of IELTS:

Jointly owned by the British Council; IDP IELTS; and Cambridge University Press & Assessment - IELTS combines global presence with a commitment to academic research.

Types of Tests:

IELTS Academic: For students looking for studying abroad in native English speaking countries or for professional purpose.

IELTS General: For professionals looking for a Permanent Residency Visa in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand .

IELTS UKVI: For students and professionals looking for visa only in the UK.

IELTS Life Skills: Life Skills is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) that assesses only your speaking and listening skills.

Format of IELTS Exam:

There are 4 modules in IELTS, which are as follows,

Listening : There are four sections each containing 10 questions in the Listening Test, the total duration of the audio will be around 30mins and 10mins will be given to the candidates to transfer the answers to the answer sheet. The listening test will be over in 40mins. The candidate will only be able to hear the audio once.

All types of IELTS test will have the same Listening module.

Reading (Academic/ UKVI): There will be three passages ( Academic Based ) each containing approximately 1500 to 1800 words, Passage 1 & 2 will have 13 questions each and passage 3 will have 14 questions, making it a total of 40 questions. The candidates will be given 60 minutes to complete the module. No extra time will be given to transfer the answers.

Reading (General): The passages will be more focused on everyday topics, work related topics and general interests.

Types of question will same as IELTS Academic.

Writing Task 1 (Academic/ UKVI): It will be a picture representation like a Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, a Map, a Table, Flow Chart or a Process. The candidate needs to write what is shown in the picture in at least 150 words, the time allotted is 20mins.

Writing Task 1 (General): It will be a letter writing task. The candidate will need to write a letter either to request something or explaining a situation. Duration for letter writing is also 20mins and the length should be at least 150words.

Writing Task 2 : For both academic and general the writing task 2 is similar, the candidate needs to write an essay on point of view, argument, or problem which you should discuss.

The length of essay should be at least 250 words and the time allotted is 40 minutes.

Speaking : Speaking is conducted on a different day than on the Listening, Reading and the Writing test day. It is a face to face interview between the examiner and the candidate. It is divided into three parts,

Part 1 : General conversation about day to day topics (4-5 minutes)

Part 2 : The candidate will be given a particular topic and needs at length for about 2minutes and will be given 1 minute to prepare about the topic. (3-4 minutes)

Part 3 : In this part the examiner will be asking the candidates more detailed discursive type of general questions related to the topic spoke in Part 2. (4-5 minutes)

The total duration for speaking is 11 to 14 minutes.

The speaking session is the same for all types of IELTS test takers.

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