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What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System is one of the widely accepted exams for testing english language proficiency skills. It evaluates the language proficiency of people who are willing to immigrate to English-speaking countries or are preparing for higher studies. Additionally, it was established in 1989 and jointly directed by the British Council, IDP  Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. In India, IDP Australia conducts the IELTS exam.

  • It is highly accepted in 140 countries by over 10,000 institutions and acknowledged by universities and companies in many big countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The UK, The US, Ireland, and other countries where English is their native language.

Why to crack IELTS?

The candidates can attempt the exam for the following objectives:

  • Study abroad– Students planning to move overseas for higher education in countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The UK, The US, Ireland, or wherever the medium of teaching or communication is English therefore applicant have to take this test mandatorily to prove their proficiency in English.
  • Work abroad– Individuals who move overseas or are willing to work in English-speaking countries have to give English test because it increases their chances of being acknowledged by employers. There is a massive demand for nurses, doctors, engineers, accountancy and teaching in various English-speaking countries.
  • Immigration abroad– For individuals who are planning to immigrate to English-speaking countries, they must appear for the IELTS exam. Therefore, many big countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA consider this test as an essential step for PR in their immigration process.

Types of IELTS Test

There are two accessible categories , and they are:

Academic General 
Academic is usually for study purposes, where an individual is willing to study in English-speaking countries. Each year over 4 million students apply to study abroad where the mode of teaching or communication is English.General  is applicable in immigration cases. When an individual is willing to immigrate to English-speaking countries, it also increases their chances to get selected by an employer quickly in foreign countries.

How to crack English Language Tests?

The test structure conducted on four abilities:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Moreover, the evaluation of Reading, Writing, listening and speaking proficiency happens on the same day, and the speaking test might fall on another day sometimes.

An outline of the test structure :

I Speaking Test
(11-14 minutes)
Speaking tests for candidates happens in three parts to check the speaking skills of the candidates.
 Reading Test
(60 minutes)
Assessment of the reading ability of the candidates.
Candidates need to answer 40 questions for evaluation.
 Writing Test
(60 minutes)
In the writing test, the candidate needs to complete two tasks and cover the topic of the candidate’s interest based on the module.
 Listening Skill
(30 minutes)
The listening ability of the candidate happens through four recordings, and then they need to answer the questions based on the recordings.

The listening and speaking test is same for both the Academic and General, but questions are different for Reading and writing tests.

IELTS Scoring System

The scoring system happens through four structures-reading, writing, speaking and listening. The scores of all 4 give a final result when calculated together.

Band ScoreSkill LevelDescription
9Expert userAccurate and Fluent command on the language
8Very-good userFull command with occasional inaccuracies
7Good userOperational command with inappropriate usage and misunderstanding in some situations.
6Competent userEffective command on language with inaccuracies in some situations but able to understand complex languages.
5Modest userPartial command of the language but can cope with the meanings in most of situations.
4Limited userProblem in understanding, expressing and unable to use complex language.
3Extremely-limited userBreakdowns in communication with an understanding of general word meanings in familiar situations.
2Intermittent userHard to understand spoken and written English
1Non-userNo ability to use the language (except for some words)
0Did not attemptDid not attempted the answer
Medium Of Test

The candidates can attempt IELTS via two mediums:

Computer-based TestPaper-based Test
The candidate can take the reading, listening, and writing tests on the computer on their preferred date (up to 7 days a week and three times a day)The candidate can take the reading, listening, and writing test on paper on their preferred date (up to 4 tests dates in a month or on 48 allotted dates throughout the year.

The test results for the computer-based test are out in 3 to 5 days, and for the paper-based test, it takes 13 days. This, a candidate is issued only one TRF (test report form), Which is valid for two years.


Currently, there are more than 50 IELTS test centres in India. For computer-delivered IELTS, 20 locations are available. IDP IELTS Australia offers more than 200 locations in 45 countries.

The candidates can visit the official IELTS India website to register for the IELTS exam. Then, they can select their preferred test mode (computer-based or paper-based), date, and location for the exam.

The IELTS examiner assesses the candidate’s speaking ability in three parts, and a recording happens during the test. The Speaking test is for about 11-14 minutes.IELTS but its mandatory for applicant to score minimum 6 and overall 6.5 scores in all the modules to be eligible.

There are no passing or failing marks in IELTS. The candidates receive the scores based on a 9 -band system where they get grades according to their proficiency and understanding of the language.

The candidates can receive the results of the computer-based IELTS exam in 3 days, and the paper-based results come out in 13 days.

The test is marked based on the understanding and abilities of language in four contexts- reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The nine band grades are provided based on proficiency in four of them.

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