IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System, designed to evaluate the candidates’ proficiency in the English language on the various parameter for both higher education and global migration. The two main bodies responsible for formulating IELTS test pattern are British Council(BC), IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English language assessment. There are over 1600 locations in 140 countries or territories over the world.
IELTS can be given in two formats namely IELTS Academic and IELTS general training test. The results are graded on IELTS – a band scale for both the modules. The academic IELTS assess a students’ ability and competence in the English language for the students who would like to pursue their higher education in universities worldwide.
IELTS general training is for those aspirants who opt to work in any English speaking country and for immigration. Both the modules are divided into four patterns – Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking. The total duration for the test is 2hrs 45 minutes. The first three parts of the test are conducted on the same day in the following order: Listening, Reading and Writing (There are no breaks between these tests). The speaking test will be held either on the same day or seven days before or after the main test.
IELTS Test pattern
Listening (30 minutes): It is divided into four parts, which test the ability to understand ideas and information. The candidate should answer 40 questions.
Reading (60 minutes): It is divided into three parts with 40 questions formulated to assess the reading skills.
Writing (60 minutes): This section consists of two tasks to assess a wide range of writing skills, including the appropriate response, organization of ideas and the usage of a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately.
Speaking (11-14 minutes): The section is in three parts to assess the candidates’ ability to converse in English which includes face-to-face interaction with the examiner. The whole section is recorded and later graded by the certified IELTS professor.
What is the validity of IELTS?
An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years from the test date.
How do I register for IELTS?
You can register for the IELTS test online, in person or by post.
Online: either through BC or IDP websites.
In-Person: Find your nearest branch/input nodes.
By Post: Fill in the downloaded application form and send it along with the DD of the required fee.
What can be done if I am not satisfied with the results?
You can get your test remarked if you did not achieve your expected score. You must apply for rescoring, within 6 weeks after obtaining your TRF. The aspirant can choose which module is to be marked. Complete the application form and send it along with the application form and send it along with the DD of the required fee.