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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized open entrance exam that aims to test the English proficiency of candidates. Among English language tests conducted globally, IELTS reserves an important position.

Importance of IELTS Exam

The IELTS test score is considered a mandate or ?good to have? specially for those in plan to migrate to English speaking countries. Around 3000 academic institutes of U.S., colleges of Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada accept the IELTS score during admission procedure as a proof to applicant?s English capability. To sum up, around 9000+ colleges of over 140 countries accept the IELTS score.

Authorities of U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand accept IELTS score for immigration purpose.

The exam score is recognized by thousands of organizations worldwide that include educational institutions, employers, immigration authorities etc. This exam assesses your English language skills.The idea is for you to be able to manage living abroad; hence the exam tests the candidate’s English both written and conversational skills.

IELTS conducting board

Since 1989, the IELTS exam is jointly conducted by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Courtesy: IELTS Learning, Chandigarh

IELTS recognizes both British and American English in terms of spelling, grammar and choice of words. It also incorporates a mix of native speaker accents from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US in the Listening component. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 900 locations across 130 countries.

 

Versions of IELTS Exam

There are two versions of the IELTS exam – IELTS General exam and IELTS Academic exam.

Parts of IELTS Exam

Both IELTS General and Academic exam involves four sections – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Time Duration of IELTS Exam

A single complete session of IELTS exam lasts for about 2 hours and 44 minutes. The time division for the four sections of IELTS exam is -

Section Time Span
Reading 60 – Minutes
Writing 60 – Minutes
Listening 30 – Minutes
Speaking 11 – 14 – Minutes

 

Difference between IELTS General test and IELTS Academic test

IELTS General Test IELTS Academic Test
As the name suggests this format focuses on the general survival skills needed at workplace or training. So this exam is for candidates who are going abroad for a training, secondary education or work related programs. This is mandatory for people migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. This is for candidates interested in pursuing education in Institutions of Higher and Further Education. This score is considered for admissions in undergraduate or post graduate courses.

 

IELTS Exam Score

1). Score Range of  IELTS Exam
The score range of IELTS exam is between band-0 to band-9. Band-0 implies the test was never taken while band-9 certifies IELTS candidate as an expert user of English language.

2). Band score and their meaning in IELTS Exam

Band Score Implication
9 Expert user of English language
8 Very well versed user of English language
7 Good user of English language
6 Competent user of English language
5 Modest user of English language
4 Limited user of English language
3 Extremely limited user of English language
2 Intermittent user of English language
1 Non user of English language
0 Did not take the IELTS test

Each section of IELTS exam is marked separately. The average score of four sections of IELTS exams makes up one?s final IELTS result.

3). Qualifying Marks in IELTS Exam
There is no qualifying or pass mark set for IELTS exam. All IELTS test takers are issued a Test Report Form. However colleges and professional institutes may set cut off for IELTS score during admission procedure.

4). Validity of score in IELTS exam
The validity of IELTS score is 2 years from date of test taken.

5). Rules to get IELTS score
Candidates receive IELTS score within 13-days from when the test is taken. Candidates will need their passport or ID number (the same number used while registering for IELTS) and candidate number.

IELTS Test dates

The IELTS test is conducted four times in a month. It has around 48 fixed dates when the IELTS Academic test is conducted globally. The number of date slots for IELTS General test is 24.

Location of IELTS exam

IELTS exam is conducted in 140 countries globally.

Statistics of IELTS test takers

Recent reports confirm that the IELTS test is taken by more than 2.5 million test takers in a year.

Registration of IELTS exam

To register for the IELTS exam, candidates need to follow these steps:

  1. Find out the nearest test center, click here
  2. Register and pay online or download the IELTS application form and drop it at the nearest test center.
  3. The IELTS registration process requires a valid identity and passport number of the applicant. Same documents are to be carried along with the student on the IELTS test day.
  4. Students receive a detailed email about venue details and exam dates about 5-days prior to their allotted IELTS test day.

IELTS FAQs

  1. Which modules are same for both IELTS General and Academic test?The Listening and Speaking section are same for both IELTS General and Academic test.
  2. Which modules differ for both IELTS General and Academic test?
    The Reading and Writing section differ for IELTS General and Academic test.
  3. Which parts of the IELTS exam happens on the same day?
    The IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing tests happen on the same day. There is no gap in between these three segments of IELTS test.
  4. Which parts of the IELTS exam happens separately?
    The IELTS Speaking test happens separately on another day. This can happen a week prior or later to the other three tests.
  5. Which is the most important section of IELTS test?
    The most important section of IELTS test is Speaking module. As this involves one on one conversation with the IELTS examiner and also recorded for monitoring, hence this module beholds importance among all sections of IELTS test.
  6. Which Indian cities have IELTS test centers?
    Raipur, Ludhiana, Guwahati, Siliguri, Kolkata, Patna, Trichi, Navi Mumbai, Indore, Goa, Surat, Ranchi, Kottayam, Madurai, Vizag, Dehradun, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Chennai, Jalandhar, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Bhopal, Trichy, Hyderabad, Patiala, Jaipur, Bhatinda, Mangalore, Chandigarh, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Anand, Angamaly, Vadodora, Trivandrum, Mehsana, Moga, Amritsar, Calicut
  7. How to send IELTS score to colleges and institutes?
    Students can determine up to five colleges where IELTS score will be sent for free. A more than five list of applications will require additional charges but the scores will be sent for sure. This service can be availed up to two years from the date of the test taken.
  8. When is IELTS test conducted in India?
    To Check the next IELTS test day along with test center in 2016, in India, click here

IELTS Computer Based Test

Some of IELTS test centers across the globe are being now made ideal for CB IELTS, selected on the basis of certain technical and administrative requirements. Though this is just being introduced now, but the number of computer based test centers are expected to grow over time in order to meet the needs to IELTS aspirants and test score users across the world. From the initial launch, feedback will be taken by IELTS partners and thereafter arrangements will be made for computer based IELTS test.

CB IELTS now only extends to Academic module and is soon to be launched for the General version of the IELTS exam.

The details about CB IELTS is available in the official website.

Students can pick their preferred CB IELTS test centers from the official website. As seats are limited students are suggested to apply in advance for CB IELTS. The cost of CB IELTS is as same as paper based IELTS test.

CB-IELTS available in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and UK. Its soon to be launched in other locations across the world.

In CB-IELTS test, the Listening and Reading tests taken by IELTS students are marked by computer. The CB IELTS Writing test are marked by qualified examiners exactly alike the paper version of the test. Human marking in IELTS Writing section guarantees accuracy, validity and authenticity. In CB-IELTS, the Speaking test is not taken electronically . Its conducted physically face to fact.

Coming to scoring pattern, alike paper based IELTS exam, this one is marked on a nine band scale.

Those applying for CB IELTS are expected to receive test score within two weeks of taking the test. The Test Report Form of CB-IELTS will look the same, irrespective of the version of IELTS exam a student takes up.

The gap of 90-days between each session of taking the IELTS exam also applies to CB-IELTS applicants.

To know more about IELTS exam, check here.

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