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What is IELTS exam?

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a standardized test that measures the English language proficiency of non- native English language speakers who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is co-owned by British Council, IDP – IELTS Australia and Cambridge English language assessment. IELTS test focuses on ‘International English’, which includes British English, American English, Australian or South African English. International teams of writers develop IELTS content, so it reflects real-life situations. IELTS treats all test takers with the fairness and ensures that IELTS remains culturally unbiased.

Who accepts IELTS?

Do leading universities and top-tier multinational corporation consider IELTS band score? Find out more!
IELTS is recognised worldwide by educational institutions, employers, government’s, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
According to the British Council website, higher education institutions and programs in the USA accept IELTS scores as proof of English language proficiency.
IELTS is the only English language test that is accepted by immigration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for visa applications and
migration purposes. Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Immigration New Zealand and UK Visas and
Immigration relies on IELTS as a measure of English language proficiency.

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IELTS – Frequently asked questions

1) Is it possible to cheat in the IELTS Test?
You heard it right. There is no room for any candidates to cheat on their test, questions you encounter on your test date is not published anywhere else.

2) Does your band score get affected if you take the test in your country?
Most of us have this common misconception that the IELTS is easier when taken in our respective country, but that is not true at all. The IELTS test pattern and correction scheme is the same everywhere. It has nothing to do with the place or state.

3) Is the IELTS speaking test like any other job interview?
No, it is not. You don’t always have to share the same opinion as that of your examiner. You won’t lose points if you disagree with your examiner’s notions about the topic. Be confident with your answers and avoid stuttering. By doing this you should be able to ace the IELTS 2018.

4) Will I lose marks if I ask the examiner to repeat the question?
Another common misconception amongst the test-takers is that they will loose marks if they ask for any form of clarification, well look at it this way if you do not understand the question, you might not answer it correctly, and that is when you end up losing marks. You can ask for any sort of clarification, that could include the meaning of any word if you do not understand.

5) Can non-native speakers achieve a band score of 9?
It is true, if you practice and work hard you can score a band score of 9.

Apart from receiving a certification that is widely accepted by top universities, professional bodies and even government agencies, you also stand a chance to master your English communication skills. Find out how IELTS can help you!
IELTS is required for study, work or migration to the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.

IELTS for study

Foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have any communication issues while staying in the country. Good understanding and active command of the English language is required to live in an English-speaking country. Hence, many universities and colleges have made IELTS test requirement for any application process. With an excellent score in IELTS you can get into good universities and choose the best courses as per your preference.

IELTS for work

Multinational companies abroad need good English speakers who can be productive and be an asset to their companies. English language competence is of critical importance in many industries like the registration bodies representing the health-care professions and other professional bodies from sectors such as accounting, engineering, law and veterinary practice. Hence, employers from sectors such as finance, government, construction, energy, aviation and tourism, request for the IELTS test certificate as a proof of English language proficiency. Working professionals with high IELTS scores can easily find jobs that suit their qualifications.

IELTS for migration

IELTS is required for permanent residency in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. And it is the only secure English language test accepted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa clients applying outside and inside the UK. If IELTS is taken without a purpose for job or studies abroad, the certification can be a useful credential. Some companies are impressed with those applicants who are good at communication skills as well.

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IELTS eligibility criteria

  • IELTS is required for students above 16 years of age who want to study in UK, Australia, Canada, US and New Zealand.

  • IELTS is required for working professionals who want to work abroad.

  • IELTS is required for those planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

  • For IELTS exam, the minimum education qualification is 10+2.

These criteria make sure that the candidate is prepared to face an environment where English is the language of communication.

IELTS test dates and centres

Did you know that there are about 1000 centers, in over 140 countries? Find out more about test centers near you.

IELTS tests are taken at accredited test centers throughout the world. Currently, there are more than 1000 centers, in over 140 countries. There are up to 48 test dates available per year. Each centre offers tests up to four times a month. The IELTS academic is available on all 48 dates per year and IELTS general training is available on 24 dates per year.

Change yout IELTS test date

  • You can change your test dates at least five weeks before your test date. Test dates can also be changed less than the five weeks period under the following circumstances: serious illness, grief, hardship, trauma and military service.

  • The application has to be sent through email or post. If the application is approved, the test centre will refund the amount by Demand Draft to the given address.

  • The amount paid online will be refunded to the bank account that was used for making online payments.

  • Payment done at ICICI bank will be refunded through NEFT.

  • For any reason other than a medical problem, there is no refund.

  • Candidates are allowed to change their test date only once.
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IELTS test registration

When is the right time to apply for IELTS? Find out more

You can register for IELTS exam at any time of the year. Registration is done online on the British Council IELTS India website or in person at British Council office or an IDP India office.

British Council India registration

1. Online registration -

  • Choose the test dates, centre and complete other application details.

  • Pay through debit/credit card (visa, visa electron, mastercard).

2. Post/courier registration -

  • Download the IELTS registration form.

  • Choose the test date, centre and complete other application details.

  • Pay by demand draft or by cash or ICICI bank deposit slip.

  • Provide a Blue Dart courier serviceable address on the registration form as the IELTS study book and the test report form (TRF) will be sent to that address.

Candidates applying to UK universities need to register separately for ‘IELTS for UKVI’ Life Skills test.
For IDP registration, refer the official site of IDP for detailed information.

Deadline for the IELTS application

IELTS test application deadline is usually two weeks before the test date, so try to book the slot at least 1-2 months in advance. You can preview your IELTS test results online, and you will get your IELTS test report by post 13 days after the main test. It is announced by both British Council and IDP IELTS examinations. You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. IELTS test results are valid for two years.
You can arrange for additional original copies (maximum of five) to be sent to receiving institutions such as universities, immigration officers, etc. Additional copies are available to any institution upon request. You will have to pay a fee of Rs. 500 per test report form. Additional copies are only available up to two years after the date of
registration.

IELTS candidate number

When you register for the IELTS exam, a unique number is generated called the IELTS candidate number. This number will be sent to the candidate through email after receiving the application date, or you can find the candidate number on the yellow chit which is glued to your table at the test centre. You can also find your candidate number on the passport. When you finish the first round of the test, they will stick a white piece of paper on the back cover of the passport. This number is used as a future reference number when you need to request IELTS related services like an additional Test Report Form.

IELTS exam pattern has not changed in the recent years. Learn more about different IELTS modules.

IELTS test has two modules: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training

  • IELTS Academic test is for those who want to apply for higher education in universities and other institutions or pursue professional registration such as medical doctors and nurses in an English-speaking country.
  • IELTS General Training test is for those who are planning to migrate or apply for secondary education, training programmes and work
    experience in an English-speaking country.

Four language skills tested

IELTS tests all four skills regarding the use of the language -

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Listening

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Reading

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Writing

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Speaking

Listening and speaking are the same for both modules, but reading and writing components differ depending on which test you want to take.
The listening, reading and writing components of IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks. The speaking component can be completed a week before or after the other tests.

IELTS Listening test

In the IELTS listening test, you are evaluated based on how well you can understand ideas and factual information, recognize the opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker and follow the development of an argument. During the test, you will listen to a pre-recorded CD-ROM and the recordings that you hear will increase in difficulty as you go through the test. Variety of voices are used in the IELTS listening test, such as Australian, British, New Zealand and North American accents. The content of the IELTS listening test is the same for both IELTS academic and IELTS general training. The listening test is completed along with reading and writing test on the same day, with no breaks.

IELTS Listening test format

You have to listen to four recordings and answer 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.

  • Recording 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context.

  • Recording 4 – A monologue on an academic subject.

The listening test lasts for 30 minutes. You will be given 10 minutes in the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet provided.

IELTS listening test marking criteria

The computer marks IELTS listening test and it is later checked by the human examiner for quality. The test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. The total score out of 40 is then converted to whole or half band score. There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

RAW SCORE 39-40 37-38 35-36 32-34 30-31 26-29 23-25 18-22 16-17 13-15 11-12
BRAND SCORE 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4

IELTS listening Tips

  • Concentrate on the recordings as you only hear it once.

  • Write down all your answers on your question paper while the recording is playing.

  • Make use of the pencil to write down your answers.

  • Make use of shorthand and abbreviations to make it quicker and make sure that you can read your handwriting as you are given only 10 minutes at the end of the test to transfer your answers to your answer paper.

  • Make sure your writing on your answer sheet is neat and precise.

  • The synonyms of the words used in the question should be kept in memory while attempting the answer.

  • You are allowed to write the answers in capital letters or lower case. You must choose, and if you decide to write in capital letters, you must write all the answers in capital letters.

  • Read the instructions carefully below every question to know the number of words for each answer.

  • Avoid spelling mistakes.

  • Use the prepositions where ever necessary.

  • Question types asked are ? multiple choice, map completion, form completion, note completion, diagram labeling, flow chart completion, sentence completion, summary completion, table completion and short answer questions.
  • Even if you have missed out an answer, try remembering any data that you can, since there is no negative marking of any sort. There is no point in leaving any question unanswered.

  • Keep yourself free from stress. If you fiddle too much, you may miss out on crucial data related to your question.

  • Keep your eyes closed, so that you can focus your senses towards listening.

How to prepare for IELTS listening?

Listening needs concentration, perseverance, purpose and understanding. Take a lot of IELTS practice tests which are readily available online and work on six essential skills which are required for the listening test.

Prediction
When you look at the questions you should try to predict the answer before you hear it because this makes it easier to get the correct answer. You can practice this skill by reading the title and any other information related to the talk or conversation you are going to listen and predict some of the things you might hear. Write them down to check if your answers are correct.

Synonyms and Paraphrasing
The listening test is also a vocabulary test. Many a time the answer will not be a direct match to the keywords in the question, but a synonym or a
paraphrase of those words. Practice synonyms and paraphrasing by listening to a short video and think about how each sentence could be
paraphrased. Practice this regularly! Over a period, you will get used to common synonyms which will help you in all parts of the IELTS test.

Connected Speech
Connected Speech means linking of words and sounds together in a sentence. It is difficult to understand the sentence when it is not clear. Practice this by pausing a phrase you don?t understand and replay it until you have followed all the words.

Recognizing Signposting Language
The two recordings of the IELTS listening test will be monologues, one in a social context and one in a lecture style. When someone is talking in this way they often use what is referred to as ‘signposting’ such as ? this lecture is divided into three parts- ‘first of all’, ‘secondly’, ‘after that’.

Listening to Two People Talking
Two of the four recordings of the listening test will be a discussion between two people. These people will have different accents, different ways of speaking and they might agree or disagree with each other. Listening to two people talking at the same time is a very difficult task, hence practice this by listening to the recordings of two people having a conversation. Try to note down the necessary details.

Note Taking
Taking notes is essential in our day to day life. Practice taking down notes by listening to a recording or a lecture. Take short notes and then try to transcribe it to general notes.

How to score band 8 in IELTS listening test?

The following tips are are going to help you score band 8

  • You have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to your answer sheets. So make sure your spellings and the answers are grammatically correct.

  • If your writing is messy, try to write all your answers in capital letters.

  • Be careful with capital letters. If your word is someone?s place or name, then start with the capital letter to be correct.

  • Make sure you follow the instructions when it comes to the word limit. If the question states no more than three words, do not write more
    than that.
  • Practice IELTS past papers to familiarize with different types of questions.

  • Make sure you won’t get tricked. The test will often try to fool you by giving you something that seems like the correct answer first and then changing it to something else later in the recording.

  • IELTS uses paraphrases rather than similar words, So be well aware of these common traps.

The Reading skill is evaluated based on how well you can read and understand the general sense of a passage, main ideas, details, understand inferences and implied meaning. The test is also assessed based on how well you can recognize a writer’s opinion, attitude and purpose, follow the development of an argument and vocabulary.
You will have to read three different passages and answer a series of questions. The passages that you read will increase in the level of difficulty as you go through the test. The content of the reading test is entirely different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The reading test is completed along with listening and writing test on the same day, with no breaks.

IELTS Reading Test Format

It consists of 40 questions.

  • IELTS academic test includes three long texts. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Information range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These texts have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
  • IELTS general training test includes three passages with tasks. The test consists of extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to come across on a daily basis in an English speaking environment. This test lasts for 60 minutes.

IELTS reading test marking criteria

  • Reading component of the IELTS test is marked by the computer and later checked by a human examiner for quality purpose.

  • IELTS reading test contains 40 questions.

  • Each correct answer is awarded one mark.

  • The total score out of 40 is then converted to whole or half band score. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. The marking criteria for IELTS academic and IELTS general training tests are different.

IELTS Academic reading score

RAW SCORE 39-40 37-38 35-36 33-34 30-32 27-29 23-26 19-22 15-18 13-14 10-12 8-9 6-7 4-5
BRAND SCORE 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 2 2.5

IELTS General training reading scores

RAW SCORE 40 39 37-38 36 34-35 32-33 30-31 27-29 23-26 198-22 15-18 12-14 9-11 6-8
BRAND SCORE 9 8.5 8 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5

IELTS Reading Tips

  • Don’t read the whole passage as the time provided to you is limited.

  • Don’t extend the time spent on one answer. Move to the next one, once you have answered. Do the same even if you don?t know the answer to
    the question.
  • Don’t try to segregate answers for every question. Some questions will be difficult while others will be easy. Try to work as per your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Divide the time for attempting the passage based questions. Assign 20 minutes for each reading. Time can be increased or decreased according to the complexity level of a passage.
  • Refrain from spending more than 25-30 minutes on a single passage. It is advisable not to procrastinate even for a minute while attempting the passage.
  • Each passage will have three to four different types of questions such as -matching the headings, true or false, yes or no questions, matching paragraph information, summary completion, sentence completion, multiple choice, list selection, categorization questions, matching sentences endings, table completion, choose a title, flowchart and diagram completion and short answer questions.

  • Even if you have missed out an answer, try remembering any data that you can.

How to prepare for IELTS Reading test?

Below are the eight main things that you need to practice while reading – practice IELTS reading test which is available online.

  • Develop strategies – For each type of question ? there are about 14 different sub-types of questions. Practice a particular type of question and develop skills to tackle each sub-type.

  • Skimming and scanning – While reading, skim the passage to get a general idea of the content. Practice underlining essential words when you?re reading. This will help you later when you?re answering the questions.

  • Develop your speed reading skills – There is a time limit for the reading test. You have to read the passages and answer the questions within the given time. Practice developing your speed reading skills so that you can read quickly and scan the information.

  • Develop your vocabulary – Learn when you can and cannot use the words.

  • Keywords – Each question has keywords that help you locate information in the passages. Learn to spot these keywords and try to paraphrase.

  • Work on your grammar – Certain question type requires grammatically correct sentences. So work on your grammar.

  • Get used to difficult passages – Read newspapers, journals etc. and get used to difficult passages.
  • Understand the test format – The first two passages for IELTS general training are different from IELTS academic, but the third passage is similar.

How to score band 8 in IELTS reading test

Few points that will help you score band 8 -

  • Develop different ways to connect the meaning of one sentence in the text with that of other sentences. These include the use of reference words such as pronouns, articles and synonyms.
  • Skim and scan the passages and try writing down important points.

  • Don’t just read the reading text, have a reason to read a text.

  • Do not forget to read the glossary. The glossary helps you understand the meaning of the unfamiliar terms.

  • Do easier questions as quickly as possible so that you have more time for the difficult ones.

  • When you finish one passage, check for the answer and try to fill in gaps.

  • Questions are usually paraphrased from the text. So look for the meaning and not the exact words.

  • Use the information given in the notes, tables, diagrams to predict the type of information that is required.
  • Try to answer all the questions.

IELTS Writing test is designed to assess one’s writing skills. It tests the candidate’s ability to write a response appropriately. How well a candidate can organise ideas and write them in the given amount of time. A range of vocabulary and use of grammar accurately is tested. The total time duration of IELTS Writing Exam:1 hour. The question pattern of IELTS Academic Writing section differs entirely from IELTS General.

Writing test format:

IELTS Academic test – There are two tasks:

  • Task 1 – You will be given graphs, tables, charts or diagrams and asked to describe the information in your own words. You may be asked to explain and interpret data, describe the stages of a process.

  • Task 2 – You are required to write an essay in response to the point of view, argument or problem. Reactions to both tasks must be in a formal style.

IELTS General Training – There are two tasks:

  • Task 1 – You will be given a situation and required to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The message may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

  • Task 2 – You are required to write an essay in response to the point of view, argument or problem. The article can be slightly more personal in style.

IELTS Writing test marking criteria -

Task 1 and Task 2 writing will be marked separately by two different IELTS examiners based on four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (Task 1) / Task Response (Task 2) – The following criteria assess how well a candidate can present his or her opinions and ideas on the given topic.

  • Coherence and Cohesion – The following criteria assess how well a candidate can Organise and Link words and sentences when writing.

  • Lexical Resource – The following criteria assess a candidate’s vocabulary and spelling.

  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – The following criteria assess a candidate’s grammar and ability to use punctuations.

How can one improve one’s pronunciation and writing?

  • There are so many ways one can improve one’s pronunciation. Experiment and see what works for you.
  • Ideal ways to improve your pronunciation is to read more since it is an excellent way to learn new words and improve your vocabulary
  • Watch educational videos related to IELTS, documentaries and movies to help you improve your english skills.
  • Find a language BUDDY, someone who can help you out.

Writing will come to you once you start practicing.

IELTS Writing Tips

  • Analyse – There is a dire need to understand the basic structure of writing an essay or letter, it is best to be structured and formal so that there is no room for any error.

  • Accuracy – Pay attention to details such as spelling and punctuation as this ensures accuracy, and you stand a higher chance of clearing the IELTS writing section.

  • Time management – This is extremely crucial since the writing section is only for 60 minutes. You can spend 10 minutes brainstorming about the topics given, and this ensures you have a fair idea about what the structure of your write is going to be.

  • Better your vocabulary – READ more! Reading any blog or book will help you get a better command over your vocabulary, and this is important! Being repetitive in your write up can create the negative impression to the examiner.

  • Practice writing – Choose a topic of your choice and start with simple essay and time yourself. Also, the best way to improve is to get your work evaluated by someone who is experienced or has already taken the IELTS.

  • Re-read – It is always better to re-read your write up before moving onto the next section to avoid any grammatical errors.

  • Practice with sample questions- Buy IELTS Preparation Books through online or from your local test centre. Take mock tests online and practice the type of tasks included in an IELTS test such as short essay/letter for the Writing test.

  • Highlight -The key words in the task to make sure that you focus on what you have to do.

Want to know the best way to minimise spelling mistakes while writing?

Reading is the key to it. Pick up your favourite books, magazines, newspaper or go through new blogs and read it through and through. This will ensure that you have a better vocabulary and help you pick up on new words.

Use a dictionary or thesaurus in handy to quickly get the meaning of the words, and you can also learn how to use these words in a sentence. Write and write some more.This form of practice is crucial, as it would help to reduce grammatical errors, and you can improve your speed.

How to prepare for IELTS writing test?

  • Read samples of essays found online. Begin with your essay (task 2)

  • Read the topic two or three times before you start answering.

  • Rearrange your thoughts in an orderly fashion. Strategize your answers mentally. The arguments presented in the answer should have a logical sequence.
  • Try writing in a comprehensible way.

  • Revise what you have written quickly. If there is some time remaining, use that to correct any spelling and grammatical errors that might have occurred while answering.

  • Avoid making repetitions. Think of synonyms for replacing a word as quickly as you can. Use antonyms by negatively paraphrasing the sentence.

Are there any useful apps which can be used during IELTS preparation?

Dictionary.com, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the more well-known dictionary apps out there that can help you improve your vocabulary which is an important aspect of the IELTS test.

Grammarly lets you keep your writing in line, and the unique customisation allows you to correct spelling mistakes, tenses, punctuation, repetition amongst other things in check.

Vocabulary.com which is used by so many to improve vocabulary and pick up on new words.

More specific to IELTS we have IELTS word power build the vocabulary you need to reach your full potential in IELTS as suggested by the folks at British council.

IELTS speaking test is evaluated based on how well you can communicate through spoken English. IELTS speaking test is a face-to-face interview and consists of three tasks which will be recorded. The test takes about 11-14 minutes.
IELTS has two modules: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Speaking test is the same for both modules. The speaking test can be completed a week before or after the other tests.

IELTS Speaking Test Format

There are three tasks:

  • Task 1 – You are required to answer general questions about yourself and many familiar topics, such as your home, family, work, studies and interests. This task lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
  • Task 2 – You are required to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same subject to finish this part of the test.
  • Task 3 – You will be asked more questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions give you a chance to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This task lasts between four and five minutes.

IELTS speaking test marking criteria

The examiner listens to the candidate then evaluates their level by comparing the candidates? performance. The score analysis determined by
using these four criteria are -

  • Fluency and Coherence – The following criteria assess how well a candidate can converse in English, they should be audible, fluent and have the skills to present their ideas.
  • Lexical Resource – The following criteria assess a candidates vocabulary range and their skill on how well they can use it to present their
    thoughts and opinion.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – The following criteria assess a candidate?s ability to organise sentences that are both accurate and structured.
  • Pronunciation – The following criteria assess a candidate?s ability to pronounce.

IELTS Speaking Tips

Tips and tricks for each task -
Task 1

  • You will be asked familiar, day to day questions about your life, try giving genuine responses.
  • Over speaking or under speaking could be a fatal parameter, try avoiding over-long or short yes or no answers.

  • Imagine as if you are talking to a friend, relax and smile.

Task 2

  • You will get only 2 minutes to prepare the answer for the topic given in the cue card. Use this time well by making brief notes on the subject.
  • Extend the topic by spending some of the time talking about other people or places involved in the matter, your feelings, etc.

  • Make sure you cover the points on the topic card. If you can’t remember any point, think about how you could describe it.Practice with sample questions- Buy IELTS Preparation Books through online or from your local test centre. Take mock tests online and practice the type of tasks included in an IELTS test such as short essay/letter for the Writing test.

  • If you make any grammatical mistake, try to correct it.

  • Ask for any form of clarification from the examiner so that you don’t make any mistakes and can organise your thoughts better.

Task 3

  • The examiner will ask for your opinions, ideas, speculations, comparisons related to the topic of task 2. Listen to the questions carefully and make sure your answer is grammatically well structured.
  • Ask the examiner to repeat the question or elucidate any part that you
    did not comprehend.
  • If you can’t think of an answer immediately, buy some time by rephrasing the question or by discussing the question.

  • Try to talk more than the examiner.

  • Don’t over analyse yourself while you speak. Try speaking with utmost confidence and also ensure you are fluent.

Prepare for IELTS speaking test in just four steps -

Step 1 – Know the exam

  • Be well aware of the exam format and find out how the exam is conducted, so that you can prepare accordingly.

  • Work on the four marking criteria: fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, pronunciation. Each criterion counts 25% of your mark on a nine-band scale.

  • The examiner gives you marks for your grammar, and error-free sentences hence practice speaking using a range of appropriate grammatical structures.

  • You will be judged on pronunciation so speak clearly.

Step 2 – Set the target

  • Find out your current speaking band by taking a few practice tests or ask an IELTS teacher to assess you.

  • Find out how much you need to improve and work towards your set target.

  • Make a study plan.

  • Find out your mistakes and weaknesses and focus on improving them.

Step 3 – Practice every day

  • Try reading more. Reading is an excellent way to learn new words and improve your vocabulary. Also, watch documentaries and movies. Find a language buddy, someone who can help you out.
  • Practice the introduction and cue card speaking by recording your voice on your mobile phone. Re-hearing will help you understand your mistakes and the fumbling errors. Try correcting it.
  • Read blogs and listen to English language radio, news and films.

Step 4 – Talk to someone in English

  • Try talking to someone in English in your local area.

  • Speak English with your friends and family.
  • Practice speaking in real life situation.
  • Practice extending your answer.

How to tackle stammering, while taking the IELTS?

If you are prone to stammering, then the best way to tackle this issue is to practice speaking.
Practice words that you notice as problematic.
Don’t be afraid to leave pauses or silence in your speech. Go at your own pace as you practice.
Relaxing and reducing anxiety about speaking can help reduce stuttering.

How To Score Band 8 In IELTS Speaking Test?

Few points that will help you score band 8.

  • Speak at a normal pace without any hesitation.
  • Use discourse markers appropriately.

  • Have a wide range of vocabulary that will help you discuss any topic.

  • Use both simple and complex grammatical structures and error-free sentences.

  • Use a wide range of pronunciation features so that you are understood clearly by the examiner throughout the test.

  • Avoid stuttering.

  • Be clear with your ideas and opinion.

  • Ask for any form of clarification from the examiner so that you don’t make any mistakes.

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IELTS band score

IELTS has a nine-band scale to identify levels of proficiency , half scores such as 7.5 are also responsible. You get an overall band score for your whole test. The score is the average of your IELTS scores.

The British Council’s official descriptions of the different bands to give you a general idea:

IELTS Band Score Skill Level
9 EXPERT
8 VERY GOOD
7 GOOD
6 COMPETENT
5 MODEST
4 LIMITED
3 EXTREMELY LIMITED
2 INTERMITTENT
1 NON-USER

According to the British Council, if you have a band score of 9, you’re an ‘expert’ in English. If you have a band score of 8, you’re ‘excellent’ at English and so on.

IELTS test evaluation

IELTS papers are checked at British council & IDP Australia. They have highly qualified and certified team of IELTS examiners and evaluators. Writing and speaking components of the IELTS test is corrected by the human examiners at British Council. The listening and reading components of the IELTS test is marked by the computer and later checked by the human examiner for quality.

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IELTS test results

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You can preview your IELTS test results online, and you will get your IELTS test report by post 13 days after the main test. It is announced by both British Council and IDP IELTS examinations. You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax. IELTS test results is valid for two years.

You can arrange for additional original copies (maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions such as universities, immigration officers, etc. Additional copies are available to any institution upon request. You will have to pay a fee of Rs. 500 per test report form. Addition copies are only available up to two years after the date of registration.

Enquiry on results

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IELTS test remarking is officially known as enquiry on results. So if you are not happy with the IELTS results, you can apply for remarking. You must apply for remarking within six weeks after obtaining your original test results. You can get your entire test, or individual modules remarked. Your test is rescored by senior examiners who are unaware of the marks awarded for each of the modules. Later the test centre is notified about the re-mark result. If there are any changes in
your score a new test report form is issued and your remark fee will be refunded. The process of remarking takes around seven weeks.

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Delay in IELTS test results

Your IELTS test results may be delayed or withheld due to these most common reasons:

  • If IELTS needs to recheck your test.
  • If IELTS is doing quality control checks on how the test was managed.
  • If there are any problems with your test, your results can get cancelled, and you may need to take your test or parts of your test again.
  • If any of your given information is altered, your result might get cancelled.

Special Requirements

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If you require special requirements to write your IELTS exam, you must give the test center three months’ notice. The special arrangements available will depend upon the examination board and in some cases you may be exempted from a part of an exam because of a disability or difficulty. You need to submit the documents regarding special arrangements with medical evidence eight weeks before the test.

Special arrangements that you can request are -

Hearing and speaking difficulties

  • If you suffering from partial hearing loss, you can ask for the permission to use headphones or special amplification equipment. You are not allowed to use walkman, MP3 player or personal stereo.
  • If you are suffering from total deafness, you can ask for a lip reading version of the listening test.
  • In speaking test you can ask for an extra time if it takes longer than usual to say things or to understand what people say to you.

Visual difficulties

  • If you are partially sighted, you can make use of the magnifying glass, handheld scanning apparatus and you can ask the reader to read and re-read questions for you.
  • You can have an enlarged question paper and a amanuensis to write down your answer.
  • If you are completely blind, you can ask for brailed and modified question papers.

Learning difficulties

  • If you have dyslexia or any other learning difficulties, you can ask for extra time.
  • You can also ask for an answer paper or you can write directly on the question paper if you have any problem answering on the computer.

IELTS forum is where ideas and views on IELTS are exchanged.
Among various IELTS learning resources, we have found the top 5 websites that will help you in your IELTS preparation.

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UrbanPro.com

In this forum, you will find the latest Questions, Videos, Lessons, Tutorials and Tips on IELTS. Moreover, you can also ask your IELTS Coaching queries to Expert Teachers and Tutors.

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ieltsbuddy.com

This forum will help you with the test, and you can talk about your experiences in the test, ask other member questions and more.

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aippg.net

You will find study hints, the experience of the candidates who have already taken the test and tips on the various sections of the exam.

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ieltstalk.com

This is an online forum where you will find information not just to prepare for the test but also tips on studying or living abroad. You will find free study materials too.

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rxpgonline.com

In this forum, you will see people sharing their test-taking experiences. Here, you can also discuss everything related to this exam with other users.

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The official Cambridge guide to IELTS

This IELTS practice book will help you prepare for both IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic modules. This book extensively covers all the four skills of the test (listening, reading, writing, speaking) in separate sections. This book also provides official IELTS practice tests with detailed answer keys that will give a clear explanation to help you improve your scores and have a better understanding. Along with this book, you will get a DVD that includes listening portions as MP3 audio tracks and speaking test videos.

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New insight into IELTS

This book covers two modules: IELTS academic and IELTS general training. The book is further split into four parts of the IELTS Exam: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The book gives a detailed introduction to the test and contains test papers in each section along-with answer keys which is quite insightful. The book also comes with an audio CD to help you prepare for IELTS Exam 2018.

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Barron’s superpack

Barron’s Superpack consists of three IELTS manual with MP3 CD, IELTS practice exams book with two audio CDs for listening section, IELTS strategies and tips booklet with MP3 CD and the essential words for the IELTS guide. These resources will help you improve your vocabulary.
Every section in the book is explained in detail. The techniques described will help you in understanding the subject better.

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Barron’s writing for the IELTS

This book focuses on two sections: IELTS academic and IELTS general training. This book follows the criteria of IELTS writing test -

  • Task Achievement (Task 1) / Task Response (Task 2) – You will learn how to create an essay using three-step model, i.e., plan, write and revise.

  • Coherence and Cohesion – You will learn to organize your writing and Link ideas.

  • Lexical Resource – You will develop your vocabulary and spelling.

  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – You will learn about grammar rules and punctuation.

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Target band 7

This book is Written by a former IELTS test-taker, Simone Braverman. This book is quite engaging and provides detailed explanation of all the four sections of the IELTS test: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking. It provides useful tips and tricks to improve your vocabulary and get a higher score in the IELTS exam.

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Ace the IELTS

This book mainly focuses on IELTS general training. Ace the IELTS is the second book by Simone Braverman who is also the founder of IELTS-Blog.com. The book deals with all four aspects of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) in various sections. The listening recording has a transcript, and the answers are underlined in sentences. Ace the IELTS consists of a recording of a student taking the speaking test. This recording also comes with a transcript and an examiner’s commentary explaining the reasons for the candidates band score.

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The Cambridge IELTS 12

It is a self-study pack that consists of latest Cambridge IELTS student?s book with answers and also comes with audio CD’s. Cambridge IELTS 12 provides students with an opportunity to understand IELTS and to practice examination techniques using test material which is interactive. You can choose an edition containing either four complete tests for Academic or General Training module. Each version includes a section of tape-scripts and answers, including models and samples for all the Writing tasks. It also contains a helpful introduction outlining the IELTS format and its scoring system used by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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IELTS practice tests plus 2

This book is suitable for self-study, language proficiency test preparation, and developing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. It contains six full practice academic tests, with three audio CD’s featuring listening tests. It includes answers, transcripts, strategies, and additional reading and writing for general training.

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Road to IELTS

The British Council offers this guide. It is an online course for both the modules: Academic and General Training. The book is available in three versions -

  • Test drive version – It is free for download and tells you about IELTS test.Listen to English language radio, News and films.

  • Last minute version – It is accessible for free to those who register to give the IELTS test with the British Council.

  • Full version – You will have to pay around INR 3,300 to get access to this version. It is self-explanatory and provides the online course with more than 300 interactive activities and nine practice tests. This full version also consists of tutorial videos highlighting do’s and don?ts by experts from the British Council. Practice zones with e-books to prepare you in all the four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking and sample videos with tips to score highest in the exam are also available.

This guide provides a section that will help you compare yourself with other students worldwide and a profile section to remind you of your test date.

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How to prepare for IELTS

This guide is by the British Council. This is suitable for home study and also can be used in class. This guide also comes in the form of a CD. The book and CD contains good number of practice test along with answer keys and transcript of recordings to improve in all the four skills.

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Collins vocabulary for IELTS

This is a self-study course for learners of English who want to take the IELTS Academic test. The book improves your vocabulary in all four exam papers: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Each unit has practice tests similar to the actual IELTS exam. Each unit contains activities that will help you develop vocabulary knowledge. The book highlights essential vocabulary-related learning strategies and exam techniques.

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Collins speaking for IELTS

Speaking for IELTS is divided into 12 units. Each unit focuses on a topic that you are going to get in the IELTS exam. Units 1 to 11 covers vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and exam techniques that prepare you for the IELTS Speaking test. Unit 12 provides a final practice for IELTS speaking test. You will also find the answer key for all sections of the book and full audio scripts of all speaking practice tests at the back of the book. There are sample answers for all the IELTS Speaking test questions recorded on a CD.

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IELTS high score vocabulary list

This book includes a list of words that will help improve your vocabulary. The book also contains synonyms and antonyms for easy understanding and helps you score higher in IELTS exam.

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Benefits of IELTS coaching

“Be better prepared for your IELTS test. Find out about best IELTS coaching platforms.”

To pass the test, many people consider taking IELTS coaching to prepare them efficiently.
Benefits of an IELTS coaching are:

  • You will gain a better knowledge of the English language, and with expert tutors, you will improve your skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Thus improve your overall English skills for your future.
  • Studying in institutions will also provide you with the explicit study material.
  • IELTS coaching will help you know whether the vocabulary you use is correct or not and will also improve your speech by practising with your fellow students.
  • Another benefit of joining an IELTS coaching class is that you can clarify your doubts since teachers are always available to you.

Now that you know the benefits of IELTS coaching here are few websites that can guide you further.

  • Urbanpro – This is an online platform that provides Tutors and Coaching Centers for IELTS test and other exam preparations.
  • British Council – This is the best coaching institute for IELTS training. It is UK based organization that helps students study in various universities across the globe.
  • Jamboree – They cover both the modules of IELTS. Coaching is conducted by highly qualified and experienced trainers.
  • Edwise – They are authorised by British council, and they have collaborated with many international universities to provide free IELTS coaching.
  • Career Makers – They provide you with tips, tricks and study materials to get a higher score and also familiarise you with the test.

You can take IELTS exam without opting for coaching as well. You need to follow the right techniques, understand the exam pattern and practice a lot. There are many resources available online which contain excellent preparation materials for IELTS test.
Urbanpro is one such online platform that provides mock tests, Tutors and Coaching Centers for IELTS test.

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Prepare for IELTS at home

Want to know how you can setup your study space and prepare for IELTS?

Develop your English language- You need to Read, speak, listen and write in English every time to improve your English.

  • You must speak English with your friends and family.

  • Listen to English language radio, News and films.

  • Try to listen to a variety of English accents including American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand.

  • Read more and more English publications wherever possible.

  • Write letters, emails or notes in English to practice your written skills.

  • Be aware of the test format and rules- You should understand test format of IELTS Exam. There are two versions of IELTS: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and the Speaking components are the same for both tests however the Reading and Writing components are different for both the tests.

  • Practice with sample questions- Buy IELTS Preparation Books through online or from your local test centre. Take mock tests online and practice the type of tasks included in an IELTS test such as short essay/letter for the Writing test.

Important tips that can help you ace the IELTS

In English, a phrasal verb is a phrase such as ‘ran into’, which combines two or three words from different grammatical categories, learning about phrasal verb can help you better your English and in turn ace the IELTS.

PHRASAL VERB WORD
Bring it on! To accept a challenge with confidence.
Cheer up This phrase can either be used as a phrase of Cheer up encouragement said to someone who seems sad (just saying ?cheer up!? to them), or it can mean to try to make someone happier
Drop off To leave something or someone in their destination
Get back at To get revenge on someone.
Go ahead To go in front of someone, or to give permission to do or say something.
Do over To repeat a job.

Prepare IELTS in one week

If you are motivated, then we have got a few tricks of the trade that make things easier while preparing for IELTS in one week.
If you need to prepare for IELTS exam in one week, you should have good knowledge of English language and should also be well aware of the format of the exam.
First, go through the modules then work more on the module in which you are weak.

  • Practice under time bound manner.
  • Get the right feedback from an experienced Trainer.
  • For writing – work on two skills; presentation and grammar.
  • For speaking, be more interactive and work on – Intonation, pronunciation, fluency and sense of language.
  • Reading is a hard time for the students if one does not have the habit of reading. So start reading newspapers and magazines etc.
  • Listening needs concentration, perseverance, purpose and understanding.
WORD Synonyms
Hurry Run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle.
Destroy Ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish.
Decide Determine, settle, choose, resolve.
Plan Plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint.

To prepare for IELTS first develop your English language and be well aware of the format of the exam. Go through the modules then work more on the module in which you are weak. There are few tips given below to keep in mind during the exam:

For IELTS Reading test -

  • Don’t read the whole passage as time provided to you is limited.
  • Don’t extend the time spent on one answer. Move to the next one if you have answered. Do the same if you don?t know the answer to the question.
  • Don’t try to segregate answers for every question. Some questions will be difficult questions while the others will be easy. Try to work as per your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Divide the time for attempting the passage based questions. Assign 20 minutes for each reading. Time can be increased or decreased according to the complexity level of a passage.
  • Refrain from spending more than 25-30 minutes on a single passage. It is advisable not to procrastinate even for a minute while attempting the passage.

For IELTS listening test -

Take a lot of IELTS practice tests which are readily available online.

  • Increase the volume of your audio.
  • In your listening sheet, try to write down as much information as you can get about a specific question. In your final answer, reduce the data accordingly in the sheet. Afterwards, you will get ten minutes to fill in your answer sheets.
  • Keep yourself free from stress. If you fiddle too much, you may miss out on crucial data related to your question.
  • The synonyms of the words used in the question should be kept in memory while attempting the answer.
  • Even if you have missed out an answer, try remembering any data that you can. An extra ten minutes are provided since there is no negative marking of any sort. There is no point in lea ving any question unanswered.
  • During your real test, Contact your supervisor at once, if the volume of your audio is not perceptible.
  • Keep your eyes closed, so that you can focus your senses towards listening.

For IELTS Writing test -

Read samples of essays found online.

  • Begin with your essay (task 2)
  • Read the topic two or three times before you start answering.
  • Rearrange your thoughts in an orderly fashion. Strategize your answer mentally. The arguments presented in the answer should have a logical sequence.
  • Try writing in a comprehensible way.
  • Revise what you have written quickly. If there is some time remaining, use that to correct any spelling and grammatical errors that you made while answering.
  • Avoid making repetitions. Think up of synonyms for replacing a word as quickly as you can. Use antonyms by negatively paraphrasing the sentence.

Word of the day

Tips to keep in mind during the exam

In the IELTS Academic Writing Test you have to develop a short report based on graphics, pie chart, a line graph, a table, a bar chart, a representation, or an image. (Word limit – 150 words)

These are some useful words that can be used to describe graph trends amongst others. For example if the graph is trending upwards you can use the following words to describe the graph.

WORD Meaning
Surge Move suddenly and powerfully forward or upward.
Leap A forceful jump or quick movement.
Climb Ascend
Rocket Increase very rapidly and suddenly.

Similarly if the graph is trending downwards you can use these words to describe it.

WORD Meaning
Declined Fewer, or less; decrease.
Dropped Fall vertically.
Pummeted Something that weighs down or depresses.

For IELTS Speaking test -

Practice the introduction and cue card speaking by recording your voice on your mobile phone. Re-hearing that will help you understand mistakes, fumbling that you did and can correct it.

  • Don’t over analyse yourself while you speak. Speak in a confident way and talk in a flow, without pausing much.
  • Lengthy answers and blabbering in front of the examiner should be avoided and Answer to the point.
  • Give honest replies. Don’t be too vague while answering.
  • Extend the answer you have written in your cue card, but try not to compromise on your fluency and pace.
  • Ask the examiner to repeat the question or elucidate any part that you did not comprehend.
  • It is permissible to ask the examiner to rephrase or simplify the question.

How to use fillers when you are running out of ideas?

Everyone gets nervous – to imagine what a nerve-racking experience it is going to be when you have an examiner judging the way you speak! I am sure that is how most candidates feel when they appear for IELTS Speaking Test. It is normal when you start using fillers, but let’s not use the social media jargon such as ‘like’ and ‘totally’.
Filler words are words (and phrases) that are used to fill silence when you’re speaking. We can use formal fillers, for example, you are not clear about ideas, or it is taking time to phrase a sentence at that time filler words can save you

Filler Example
Actually ‘Actually, India has 29 states and seven union territories’.
Basically ‘Basically, the last Avengers movie was seriously exciting!’?
I guess ‘I guess it is safe to say that it took nearly 14 years for the new Incredibles movie to be released’.
You see ‘I love chocolate, but you see I am diabetic and must control my sugar level’.
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IELTS score is required by the immigration authorities of many English-speaking countries, including Canada. The Canadian immigration uses IELTS as a selection factor, and it is also a crucial requirement for employment.
Figure out the reason why is it that you want to move to Canada? Are you searching for a good university or you just want to emigrate? There
are two versions of the IELTS exam

  • IELTS General exam – If you wish to pursue work, undergo training or emigrate to an English speaking country.
  • IELTS Academic exam – If you wish to study at a university for UG or PG courses.

Immigration to Canada

If you are applying for a work visa, professional recognition or permanent residency in Canada, IELTS general training is the only internationally available English proficiency test accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration to Canada.

IELTS score for Canada PR visa

You can gain a Canada PR visa as per the requirements stated by IRCC. The minimum IELTS requirements are as follows:

  • Express Entry – 6 bands in each test (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) – 6 bands in each test (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) – 4.5 bands in each test (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).

Study in Canada

In Canada, Universities offer programs that lead to different types of degrees in many disciplines and subjects. The official language of instruction at many universities in Canada is English. If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide IELTS academic test results as part of your application

IELTS Academic Exam Score Requirement

The official language of instruction at many universities in Canada is English. If your first language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient ability to complete university-level courses in English hence that is why IELTS is required. Most of the top universities in Canada accept IELTS score above 6.5 band score.

Universities IELTS Score
University of Toronto The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
McGill University The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5.
University of British Columbia A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic IELTS test.
University of Alberta The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 5.0.
McMaster University The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 5.0.
Western University The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
University of Calgary The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 7.0, with no band below 7.0.
University of Ottawa The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.5 in written section.

Universities in Canada that offer exemption from IELTS

Now again the choice is up to you if you still want to apply for colleges and other universities in Canada without taking up IELTS. These colleges might not accept IELTS score, but they would have other entrance exams that would prove your English Proficiency.
Individual universities have their set of exemptions and requirement to prove applicant?s English language proficiency. The following is a list of universities in Canada that offer this exemption-

1. University of Saskatchewan
2. Brock University
3. Carleton University
4. University of Winnipeg
5. University of Regina
6. Memorial University
7. Concordia University

IELTS General Exam Score Requirement

For each program under express entry, there are different IELTS score required, and then these scores are then translated to CLB level. The express entry system works by initially creating and completing an electronic express entry profile, which consists of relevant and significant information about the candidate and their spouse.

CLB Level SPEAKING LISTENING READING WRITING POINTS PER ABILITY
7 6.0 6.0-7.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
10+ 7.5-9.0 8.5-9.0 8.0-9.0 7.5-9.0 6

IELTS is a critical factor when calculating your CRS score for a Canada permanent resident visa. Ideally you should score a CLB 10 or higher to get maximum points.
IELTS score is mandatory for PR, and there is no way around it. There are so many important factors that need to be rationalised before applying for IELTS.

As most of us know, Canada has one of the most positive immigration policies in the world, and the United Nations has voted Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. Want to know how to get to Canada? Meet Thejes Mathew, and he took up IELTS General training test 2018 to apply for his Permanent Residency. With just 2 months of preparation,Thejes Mathew was able to secure a band score of 8. Today Thejes is living in Barrie, Ontario, and it is safe to say his hard work has paid off. According to him ‘Practise makes a man Perfect,’ and that success mantra has allowed him to accomplish his dream to move to Canada.

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IELTS for UKVI

If you are applying for a visa to stay or move to the UK, IELTS UKVI test is mandatory. In addition to the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests, IELTS Life Skills is introduced.

  • IELTS fee for UK Visas and Immigration is Rs.18,500.
  • Fee for IELTS Life Skills is Rs.13,850.

IELTS Life Skills is an English language test for speaking and listening section at levels A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of

  • IELTS Life Skills A1 – If you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for family, spouse or partner visa. This test takes 16?18 minutes.
  • IELTS Life Skills A2 – If you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for a ‘family of a settled person’ extension visa. This test takes 20 minutes.
  • IELTS Life Skills B1 – If you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to remain or for citizenship. This test takes 22 minutes.

IELTS Life Skills is assessed based on the criteria such as

  • Obtaining information
  • Conveying information
  • Speaking to communicate
  • Engage in a discussion.

There is no break between speaking and listening components as both skills will be assessed at the same time. Test results are available within
seven days of your test.

Why is IELTS UKVI Required?

IELTS UKVI test is required if you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to enter a university. IELTS for UKVI (Academic) conducts this test on the computer in many locations such as Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and UK.

  • IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration – This test is for those who want to apply for higher education in universities and
    other institutions or pursue professional registration such as medical doctors and nurses in the UK.
  • IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration – This test is for those who are planning to migrate or apply for secondary
    education, training programme and work experience in the UK.

IELTS band score required for UK immigration depends on what test you take.

Universities Minimum CEFR level required Skills IELTS test and minimum score required overall and in each skill
Tier 1 (General) visa C1 Reading, Writing C1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 7.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 1 (Execptional talent) visa B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 2 (General) visa – in most cases B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 2 (Sports-person) visa A1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass,IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student visa – below degree level and per-sessional courses B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student degree level and B2  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills
Family route -Spouse/partner A2  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass,IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
Family route (extension) -Spouse/partner A2  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A2 – Pass,IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship B1  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass,IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

IELTS for Tier 2 Visa

If you are applying for UK Tier 2 Visas, you need to give IELTS UKVI test to gain entry in the UK.

  • For Tier 2 (General) Visa, you need to pass IELTS UKVI test with CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking, listening and have an overall band score of 4.0 in each of the four skills.
  • For Tier 2 Sportsman Visa, you need to pass IELTS life skills test with CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening and have an overall band score of 4.0 in IELTS or UKVI.
  • For Tier 2 Ministry of Religion Visa, you need to pass IELTS UKVI test with CEFR level B2 in reading, writing speaking, and listening and have an overall band score of 5.5 in each of the four skills.

Excellent command over English is required here as the kind of work undertaken will be officiating at religious ceremonies, preaching, religious teaching, welfare work for the Christian community or translating sacred scriptures.

According to a recent survey, more and more students and working professionals prefer living in Australia. Australia has four of the 30 best cities in the world for students (QS Top University Rankings 2017). So how can IELTS play a part while applying for Australian immigration
procedure or studying in Australia?

  • Top universities accept IELTS test scores for studying in Australia, and over 10,000 institutions worldwide, as proof of English language proficiency.
  • An IELTS score is often required by the immigration authorities of English-speaking countries, including Australia.
  • Over 10,000 organisations in 140 countries recognise the IELTS test.
  • Experts from around the world have developed the IELTS.
  • IELTS is jointly owned and managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education Australia.

Study in Australia

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from, Australia is a leading global education hub providing a range of educational opportunities and study options. Here are some
reasons Why?

  • 3rd most popular international destination in the world
  • Over 22,000 courses to choose from
  • 1000 institutions
  • Australian Top Universities such as the University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide benefit from
    $200,000,000 annual government investment on international scholarships.

IELTS score is accepted by the top-most reputed colleges and universities providing a higher possibility for many students to apply and pursue their dreams of higher education in Australia.

Requirement

IELTS Academic exam is mandatory for any candidate that wishes to study in a university for UG or PG courses.

  • The four modules of the test are as follows a) Reading b) Writing c) Listening d) Speaking
  • The combined results of these four modules constitute as your final IELTS score.
  • The score is valid for two years; however, certain bodies do consider a 3-year-old IELTS result as well.

IELTS BAND SCORE For Top Universities In Australia

Minimum IELTS score requirements applicable to all programs in some of the top universities in Australia

Name of institution World rank IELTS minimum requirement(UG courses) IELTS minimum requirement(PG courses)
Australian National University 20 6.0 6.0
University of Melbourne 41 7.0 7.0
University of New South Wales 45 6.5 6.5
University of Queensland 47 6.0 6.0
University of Sydney 50 6.5 6.5

Australia Student Visa

To apply for a Student Visa, you will need to meet the following requirements.

  • Confirmation Of Enrollment (COE)
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
  • Financial requirements
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Australian Health Requirement
  • Australian Character Requirement
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Cost of annual living amounts

Also, the other things one needs to know about the student visa is that the duration of your visa depends on the program that you choose:

  • If one wants to enroll for a 6-month course, then the Student Visa will be valid for six months.
  • If one wants to enroll for a 3-year program, then the Student Visa will be valid for three years.
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Work in Australia

Australia offers many job opportunities for skilled professionals that allow them to migrate here. With Australia’s growing economy it has allowed enormous opportunities for anyone who is looking to build a career with some of the world’s leading businesses. All of these businesses trust IELTS as a real sign of English language skills. For working in Australia, a test score of 5 is considered to be vocational English level. A band score of 6means that the applicant is a competent English speaker.

TYPES OF WORK PERMIT IN AUSTRALIA

  • SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA: This is a type of work permit issued to those individuals who can demonstrate their necessary skills and
    qualifications required for a specific occupation that has been listed under the skilled occupation list.
  • SKILLED NOMINATED VISA: This is a permanent type of work permit issued to those individuals qualified to work for the improvement of
    the Australian economy.
  • 457 VISA: This is a temporary work permit issued to the overseas workers sponsored by their employers.
  • EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME: This is a permanent work visa issued to the overseas workers who are sponsored by their employers.
  • WORKING HOLIDAY VISA: This is an opportunity offered to those individuals between the age group of 18-30 from reciprocating countries
    to take up short-term employment while vacationing in Australia.

IELTS for Australian Immigration

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has made it mandatory for Australia PR applicants to be holding ‘Proficient’ level language ability. IELTS score required for Australia PR Visa is as follows:

  • Minimum 7 bands in each module of general training
  • The four modules of the test are: a) Reading b) Writing c) Listening d) Speaking
  • The combined results of these four modules constitute as your final IELTS score.
  • The score is valid for two years; however, certain bodies do consider a 3-year-old IELTS result as well.

Requirement

Australia recognises both Vocational and Competent English by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
You need minimum 60 points to apply for Australian Permanent Residency Visa. There are various other factors involved but the proof of English
proficiency is a must, and that is where the IELTS play a significant role, here you must take up the IELTS General Exam.
The IELTS General exam:If you wish to obtain a degree level or work or undergo training in an English speaking country and if you wish to emigrate to Australia.

Points Allocation Table For IELTS

IELTS BAND SCORE POINTS
SUPERIOR (IELTS SCORE OF 8 OR MORE) 20
PROFICIENT(IELTS SCORE OF 7 OR MORE) 10
COMPETENT (IELTS SCORE OF 6 OR MORE) 0

Every profile factor under Australia Point System reflect points that are awarded against each profile factor.
IELTS is an important step to chase the Australian dream. It could help you in getting better education or provide work in a growing environment.

Here is the list of 10 universities in Canada that requires IELTS

  • Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • New Mexico State University for Masters in Computer Science.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • The University of Pittsburgh.
  • The University of Northern Virginia in Manassas, VA.
  • Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • MIT-Massachusetts institute of technology.
  • California State University Sacramento – don’t require GRE for Civil Engineering.
  • University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • California State University, Sacramento.

List of universities in Canada that require IELTS

‘Did you know Justin Trudeau the 23rd prime minister of Canada Studied at McGill University? Find out about top 10 universities in Canada.’

Here is the list of 10 universities in Canada that requires IELTS:

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  • Acadia University

  • Brandon University

  • Cape Breton University

  • Cape Breton University

  • Carleton University

  • Dalhousie University

  • Grant MacEwan University

  • Grant MacEwan University

  • Grant MacEwan University

  • Grant MacEwan University

Countries that do not require IELTS
“Do you reallyneed IELTS?”
IELTS is required in most English speaking countries and if your medium of instruction at the educational institution or is in English.
However, if you want to study in some European countries like Germany, Poland, Sweden, etc. where the English is not used as a language of communication, then you may not need IELTS.

Success Stories

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Meet Shaun Louis he is from Bangalore, Shaun appeared for the IELTS Academic in the year 2016. Guess what? It only took him a month of preparation to crack the IELTS test and get a fantastic band score of 7.
According to Shaun, taking up the IELTS has proven to be beneficial, it has broadened the prospects, of getting into top-tier colleges in various other countries. Want to know how Shaun could manage to prepare in such a short amount of time, well he says ‘Try to show your range of grammar by using different grammatical structures of sentences’.
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Want to know how to get to Berlin, well then tune in and find out what Uma Santhosh has to say. Santhosh took up the IELTS Academic in the year 2017 and got a band score of 7. With just two months of preparation, he was able to achieve his target band score . His only advice is ‘practice and seriousness.’ He also credits the IELTS exam for providing him with the confidence concerning communication, and even while preparing for IELTS test he was simultaneously able to better his vocabulary and overall presentation skills.

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