IELTS

IELTS tests proficiency in English Language across globe for study, work and migration. IELTS measures English Language in areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking all . The speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests. IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year up to four times a month.

IELTS has two types of modules - Academic and General Training. Academic Module is taken by students who plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. While, General Training Module is a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to settle in an English speaking country. All candidates can take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

IELTS TEST FORMAT

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes

IELTS broadly has 4 components that assesses English language:
Listening Section- Assesses your listening skills including understanding of main ideas and specific factual information, recognising opinions and purpose of a speaker

Reading Section

Tests your ability to read texts which are authentic and taken from books/journals

Writing Section

Tests your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Speaking Section

Tests your ability to communicate opinions and express and justify opinions.

IELTS Test Structure

SECTION NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TIME (minutes) SCORES
Listening 40 questions 40 minutes Each correct answer receives 1 mark
Reading
  • Academic
  • .
  • General
3 passages (40 Questions)
3 sections (40 Questions)
60 minutes
60 minutes
Each correct answer receives 1 mark
Speaking) 3 parts 11- 15 minutes Each correct answer receives 1 mark
Writing
  • Academic
  • .
  • General
2 tasks (Diagram/ Argument)
2 tasks ( Letter/Essay)
60 minutes
60 minutes
Each correct answer receives 1 mark

Test Takers are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test - listening, reading, writing and speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.

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