IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
Over 3800 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organisations across 120 countries around the world recognise IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. With over 500,000 tests taken every year, IELTS is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation.
This course is designed for the students who wish to prepare themselves for IELTS exams or to improve their communication skills in general.
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Score Comparison Table
- IELTS Academic
- IELTS General Training
IELTS is available in two test versions:
Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration
General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment.
Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.Test format
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
LISTENING READING WRITING SPEAKING
30 minutes + 10 Minutes Additional to transfer the answer into the answer sheet
You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
- Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
- Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
- Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
- Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, list of headings, Fill in the blanks, mutiple choice, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose etc..
IELTS Academic test – This includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
IELTS General Training test – This includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
IELTS Academic test
Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
- Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
- Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
IELTS General Training
Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:
- Task 1 – you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
- Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.
The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
- Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
- Part 2 – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
- Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
How can you score better marks in IELTS ?
Here are some pointers to help you score well in your IELTS exam:
1. Understand the test format
Make yourself familiar with the IELTS test format. There are two modules of IELTS:
- IELTS Academic – If you are planning to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level or join a professional organisation in an English speaking country, IELTS Academic is for you.
- IELTS General Training – If you wish to migrate or train/study below degree level, opt for this module.
- For both the IELTS tests, speaking and listening sections remain the same but reading and writing sections are different.
2. Practice IELTS sample questions
- Use the IELTS preparation books provided at the time of test registration. You can download the books online .
- Analyse each question well, take notes, underline keywords and plan your answers accordingly. Follow this simple activity throughout your practice sessions to score well.
- Ask your mentors for feedback and improve upon on areas you lack.
- Take sample mock tests to time yourself. Find some here (link to sample tests).
3. Enhance your English language skills
- Improving on a language takes time, and so it is important that you start working on your skills ahead in time. Make use of these handy tips:
- Read, write and speak in English as much as possible. Make it a part of your daily life.
- Create a group of friends and practice speaking in English.
- Read English newspaper and listen to English news channels or radio.
- Try listening to a variety of English accents – British, Australian, American, British, New Zealand and Canadian.
- Watch English movies with subtitles.
- Read extensively to develop your reading speed.
- Learn to understand context to be able to scan the available content for answers.
- Start paying attention to your grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
- Learn to be precise, relevant and within the required word count.
4. Stay calm before the test day
Refresh all test rules and IELTS format to ensure you haven’t missed anything out. Have proper meals and sleep well before the test to keep fresh and active during the exam. Also, leave a little early to avoid any traffic on the way to your test center.
5. On the day of your IELTS exam
Keep in mind these little pointers to stay calm during the test and give it your best shot:
- Ensure that you carry your relevant ID proofs. Carry the same identification document as used at the time of test application.
- Be attentive when the supervisor is giving instructions, ask again if you have any doubts.
- Try to attempt all questions as there is no negative marking.
- Do not try to cheat or copy any other student’s work.
- Leave your belongings outside the examination hall, as directed by the supervisor.
- Do not take back the question paper or answer sheet with you.
- Seek your supervisor’s permission before leaving the room.
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IELTS test result
Your IELTS test results are available 13 days after your test date. You can either view your IELTS results online or contact your test centre.
The IELTS Scoring System
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational university or school sets its own minimum IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.
IELTS test results for all sections are provided separately. Mostly, an average of 6.5, with a band score above or equal to 6 in each of the 4 sections, is welcomed in most universities and schools.
Test Report Form (TRF)
A copy of your IELTS result is known as the Test Report Form (TRF). Each candidate is issued only one IELTS test report form, which is valid for two years. You will only receive one copy of your TRF, unless you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) – in this case, you can receive two. Proof of application to CIC and UKBA must be provided.
Up to five copies of your ATRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you.
Additional Test Report Form (ATRF)
Additional TRFs beyond the first five TRFs can be requested from the test centre which issued the results. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test centre which issued your results.
Universities and schools, which are subscribed to receive the IELTS scores, do not require original copies of TRFs. They can directly view your scores online.
Enquiry on Results (EOR)
You can apply for a re-mark, known as an Enquiry on Results (EOR), at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which will be fully refunded if your band score changes. The review request is separately made for the different sections of the exam, directly from the website. Re-evaluation result may take up to ten days. Note that IELTS examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.
Re-sitting the test
There is no time limit on re-sitting the test. However, we strongly recommend you do additional study before taking the test again. You can also refer to our free study material for IELTS practice .