IELTS

International English Language Testing System

About IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 2.5 million tests are taken each year.

It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

Taking IELTS opens doors - it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9,000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking countries. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.

  • Certificate level, generally for a year

  • Diploma level, for one or two years

  • Advanced Diploma, generally two or three-year programs

  • Bachelor degrees, awarded after four years of full-time study

IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

  • Certificate level, generally for a year

  • Diploma level, for one or two years

  • Advanced Diploma, generally two or three-year programs

  • Bachelor degrees, awarded after four years of full-time study

Some Title

Speaking

General Training
11-14 mins Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.
Academic
11-14 mins Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.

Reading

General Training
60 mins 5-6 texts taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books and newspapers
Academic
60 mins 3 long texts taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Selected for a non-specialist audience.

Writing

General Training
60 mins Write a letter (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Semi-formal style.
Academic
60 mins Describe a table, chart or diagram (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Formal style.

Listening

General Training
30 mins 4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.
Academic
30 mins 4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

There is no fixed pass mark in IELTS.

The acceptability of a score is totally at the discretion of the institute-applied or govt. body (immigration). However, as a general rule, scores below Band 6 are considered to be too low and above Band 6.5 are deemed to be adequate and good. Band 6 scores are borderline. An overall score of Band 6.5 is mostly accepted as a good score. The individual module's Band score is considered as per the requirement.

When is the IELTS Test held?

  • The IELTS examination is held 4 times a month for Academic & Twice for General.

  • The individual module's Band score is considered as per the requirement. The Band score obtained is valid up to two years. While obtaining admission to an educational institute, the latest IELTS score is considered.

Eligibility

  • IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16. The test is valid for 2 years, test reports older than 2 years would only be accepted as evidence that the student tried to improve his English Proficiency.

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# IELTS Score IELTS Description
1 9 Expert User
2 8.5 Very Good User
8
3 7.5 Good User
7
4 6.5 Competent User
6
5 5.5 Modest User
5
6 4.5 Limited User
7 0-4 Extremely Limited / Intermittent / Non User