The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, European, Irish, and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outsides and inside the UK. It also meets requirements for immigration to Australia, where the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English Academic is also accepted, and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.

IELTS test structure

Standardized test (either computer-delivered or paper-based). Available in 2 modules: “Academic” and “General Training”.

IELTS Academic is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.

IELTS General Training is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.

The four parts of the IELTS test

  • Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
  • Reading: 60 minutes
  • Writing: 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 11–14 minutes

How to apply for IELTS 2022?

The IELTS exam happens every month throughout the year. To apply for IELTS in 2022, the candidate must fill out the form and arrange the test. It is available in both offline and online modes. The candidates should choose the nearest centre.

Apply for the IELTS exam in the following steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the Official IDP IELTS India Website.
  •  Step 2: Secondly, select the option to register for IELTS.
  • Step 3: Thirdly, select the preferred test mode- computer-based or paper-based IELTS.
  •  Step 4: The candidate needs to choose a date and location as per their choice.
  • Step 5: At the last payment need to be done, the candidate can pay through debit card, credit card, and demand draft.

Prepare for IELTS Exam through the following steps:

By following some simple methods, candidates can prepare for the IELTS exam:

  • Practice yourself: The most common and easiest way to prepare for IELTS is through practicing questions and then testing yourself, as practice makes a person perfect. Revising things can help you achieve confidence.
  • Record IELTS speaking test: Proficiency in English speaking can only be acquired when you try speaking it regularly in your daily life. You can ask your friend or your family members to act like an IELTS examiner; you can act as an IELTS candidate and then record yourself doing that speaking test. This way, you can learn about your mistakes while watching the video.
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IELTS Score Scale

The higher a candidate scores in IELTS, the higher their ability to understand the English language proficiency can be measured.

Band Score Skill Level
9.0 Expert user
8.0 Very-good user
7.0 Good user
6.0 Competent user
5.0 Modest user
4.0 Limited user
3.0 Extremely-limited user
2.0 Intermittent user
1.0 Non-user
0 Did not attempt


For a computer-delivered test, results are released between 3–5 days. For a paper-based test, a Test Report Form is posted to test takers 13 days after their test. It shows:

  • An Overall Band Score (from 1–9)
  • A band score (from 1–9) for each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
  • Whether IELTS Academic or General Training was completed
  • The test taker’s photo, nationality, first language, and date of birth.

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