IELTS

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

 

What is the IELTS Examination?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.9 million tests in 2012,  IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English test for work, study and migration.

IELTS tests are held in over 800 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality.

Who conducts the IELTS Examination?

The IELTS Test it is jointly owned by three reputable, international organisations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is conducted in India by the British Council and the IDP. There are centres located all over India.

  What is the format of the Exam?

You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale.

 

Academic Module

General Module

Listening – 30 minutes plus 10 minutes to transfer answers to the answer sheet

40 – 42 questions

4 recorded monologues & conversations

Listening – 30 minutes plus 10 minutes to transfer answers to the answer sheet

40 – 42 questions

4 recorded monologues & conversations

Reading – 60 minutes

3 reading passages of around 2500 words

40 – 42 questions

Texts range from the descriptive & factual to the discursive & analytical

May include non-verbal material such as graphs or diagrams

Reading – 60 minutes

3-4 reading passages with tasks

40 – 42 questions

Section – 1 contains 2-3 short factual texts

Section – 2 contains 2 work related or factual texts

Section – 3 contains 1 longer passage of general interest

Writing – 60 minutes

2 Tasks to be completed

Task 1 is a summarization, explanation or

description of a graph, table, chart or diagram of at least 150 words

Task 2 is a short essay topic of at least 250 words

Writing – 60 minutes

2 Tasks to be completed

Task 1 is letter requesting information or explaining a situation in a personal, semi-formal or formal style of at least 150 words

Task 2 is a short essay topic of at least 250 words

Speaking – 11-14 minutes

Part – 1 includes an introduction & interview (4-5 minutes)

Part – 2 includes speaking at length on a familiar topic (3-4 minutes)

Part – 3 includes a two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

Speaking – 11-14 minutes

Part – 1 includes an introduction & interview (4-5 minutes)

Part – 2 includes speaking at length on a familiar topic (3-4 minutes)

Part – 3 includes a two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

 

Which IELTS Module is to be taken?

The Academic Module is taken by those candidates who wish to pursue higher education abroad. The admission to undergraduate and postgraduate studies is based on the result or score of the IELTS test.

The General module is typically for those applicants who wish to emigrate overseas for settlement or work options.