What is IELTS?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is the world's most popular high stakes English language test. It is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
The IELTS test is accepted by over 10,000 organisations in 140 countries, and is recognised by universities and employers in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
Reasons for IELTS
IELTS can be taken for the following purposes:
Students planning to study in English speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Ireland or wherever the medium of instruction is English need to take an English language test that approves their language proficiency.
IELTS score is acknowledged by employers and professional bodies from English-speaking countries in various fields such as engineering, law, nursing, medicine, accountancy, teaching, and more.
If you are planning to immigrate to an English Speaking country, it is mandatory for you to take IELTS. Migration Authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration.
IELTS is one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing for over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.
Last year, more than 2.9 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1,100 test centres and locations in over 140 countries.
Accredited for daily use of language and is mostly applicable in cases of immigration
Usually taken by students planning for education abroad or professionals who are exploring work opportunities overseas.
There are four sections for IELTS:
Listening, Reading and Writing test is taken on the same day, one after the other, without any break in between. The Speaking test may either fall on the same day or any day up to a week before or after the test date. Test takers opting for paper-based IELTS can book a slot for the Speaking test on a preferred date and time. In case you fail to choose a slot within the stipulated period of time, a time slot be allotted automatically.
The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes.
IELTS Test Overview
IELTS Listening test
You will have to 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 requires you to answer 40 questions and is designed to test you on an array of reading skills. You would have to 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 requires you to complete two tasks and covers topics of general interest based on the module you are taking.
IELTS Speaking Test (11-14 Minutes)
The IELTS Speaking test assesses your spoken English skills. The test is recorded and conducted in three parts.
The Listening and Speaking tests remain same for both, Academic and General. However, questioning differs in case of the Reading and Writing tests.
IELTS Test Types
IELTS on Computer
Take your IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing test on computer. Choose your own test date – up to 7 days a week and 3 times a day.
IELTS on Paper
Take your IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing test on paper. Choose from up to 4 test dates a month or 48 dates available throughout the year.