IELTS Exam Overview, Eligibility, Test Format, Registration, Model Test Materials

IELTS is the most popular high-stakes English language test for Study, Migration or work.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. IELTS uses 9 band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS is available in two test versions:

IELTS Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration.

IELTS General Training – for those migrating to Australia, Canada, and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs 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.

IELTS Exam Eligibility

The eligibility for IELTS exam is

  1. Students who are applying to study in UK, Australia, Canada, US and New Zealand
  2. People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand
  3. The minimum educational qualification is 10+2
  4. Candidates from any discipline who wish to study in an English-speaking country can take this test.

IELTS Test Format

IELTS Exam will check your abilities in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – in less than 3 hours.

There are two types of IELTS Test:  IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening Module and Speaking Module are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading Module and Writing Module differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

Speaking Module, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test center will advise.

Total IELTS Test time is 2 hours 45 minutes

IELTS Test Format – Listening

30 minutes

There will be four recordings of native English speakers where you will listen and write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1 – There will be a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – Monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – There will be 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 – 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 the speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

IELTS Test Format – Reading 

60 minutes

The Reading module 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, skimming, understanding the logical argument and recognizing the writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

IELTS Academic Test –

This consists of 3 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 consists of 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 Test Format – Academic Writing

60 minutes

IELTS Academic Test

The topics consist 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 will 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 2 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.

IELTS Test Format – Speaking

1114 minutes

The speaking module 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 lasts between 4 and 5 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 2 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 4 and 5 minutes.

How do I register for IELTS Exam?

Registration for your IELTS Test is quick and easy:

Step 1 – Find your nearest IELTS Test location

With more than 1,100 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries, there is bound to be one near you. Find my nearest center.

Step 2 – Register for your IELTS Test

You have to register and pay online or download an application form to print, complete and submit to your local test centre.

Don’t forget to provide a copy of your valid identity document.  You will also need to present the same identity document on the day of the test.

Step 3- Your IELTS Test is booked`

Once your application has been processed, the center will send you a written confirmation of the date and time of your test. The Speaking and Writing tests typically take place on the same day.  If this is not possible, the tests will take place within seven days of each other.

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