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About IELTS

About IELTS

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is the most popular international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English language. Established in 1989, the tests are currently managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP: IELTS Australia jointly.

The IELTS test is in fact developed by some of the leading experts in language assessment from multiple countries. It has an exceptional international reputation and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide. These include the schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies across 140 countries.

IELTS consists of two modules

  • Academic
  • General

Who takes IELTS?

IELTS Academic is applicable for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for medical professionals (Doctors and nurses) who want to study abroad or practice in an English-speaking country. IELTS General is applicable for those planning to undertake non-academic training programs (or) gain work experience, (or) for immigration purposes.

Why IELTS?

IELTS is virtually universal. It is not just one of the most popular English tests around, but there are far more universities and countries that accept the test of English for admissions and migrations. IELTS currently is accepted and recognized in 140 countries across the globe. Moreover, there are an estimated 10,500 global organizations that accept IELTS as a standard test of English worldwide.

With a track record that has lasted for over three decades, IELTS remains as one of the most favored tests of English for students who pursue academic ventures in English -speaking countries. The academic version has been the most sought test profile as compared to the general version of the test.

When to take IELTS?

The validity of the IELTS score lasts for two years from the day the scorecard has been released. So typically, you advised taking the tests within a year before you plan for your purpose of the use of the IELTS score. Sometimes, you might fall behind the expected (or) accepted score and hence you can always repeat within a month’s time to score what is required by certain institutions or organisations.

What are Advantages of IELTS?

  • IELTS is one of the most popular tests for academics that are easily accessible in over 140 countries all across the world with over 1000 test locations worldwide.
  • The tests formats are easily understood and deliver an accurate score for test takers from all the work type- referred as academic and general versions of the test.
  • The test scorecard has a validity of 2 years.
  • IELTS has Over 1000 test centers across 140 countries.

IELTS Test Structure

The IELTS test has four parts that last for 2 hours and 55 minutes.

  • Listening : 30 minutes (plus transfer time of 10 minutes)
  • Reading : 60 minutes
  • Writing : 60 minutes
  • Speaking : 11-14 minutes

During the tests, Listening test, Reading test, and Writing test are completed in one sitting, usually in a single day. The Speaking test is completed on the same day or within up to seven days before or after the other tests. The test formats for all test takers remain the same for Listening and Speaking tests. However, Reading and Writing tests differ depending on the Academic or General versions of the test.

IELTS Band Score

The IELTS band score scale

BAND IELTS PTE TOEFL CEFR
9 Expert user 86 or Above 118-120 C2
8 Very good user 79-85 110-114 C1
7 Good user 65-78 94-101 C1
6 Competent user 51-64 60-78 B2
5 Modest user 35-50 35-45 B1
4 Limited user 30-34 00-31 B1
3 Extremely limited user NA NA A2
2 Intermittent user NA NA A1
1 Non user NA NA A1
0 Did not attempt the test

How to Register for IELTS?

Tests are usually held on Saturdays and Thursdays. To find out test dates in your area, please contact your nearest IELTS test center. A list of all IELTS test locations worldwide is available on the website.

You can Register and find a convenient test location in the country of your preference on the website of British Council and IDP. On the country page, review the test locations and upcoming test dates. Also, on the country page, review the details of the passport, photograph, ID and documentary information you will need to complete the application process.

When you are ready to book your test, assemble the identification, and other documentary information that you might require before you complete the application form. Once, you complete the application form to book your test, we recommend that you book online (as available) as this is the most efficient way to book your test with a British Council Test Centre. List the details of five organisations that you would like your Test Report Form to be sent. Howsoever if you have a disability, you need to inform your test center as soon as possible and avail special arrangements for you on the test day. If you are booking online, make this clear in your application. Once you have submitted your application, remember to note and carry-out any instructions as and how been stated on your Admit card for IELTS tests.