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What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is highly popular English language proficiency test designed for global migration and higher education. In last year, more than 3 million tests completed globally.

IELTS Training

IELTS Training (International English Language Testing System) IELTS is a test that evaluates your level of proficiency at the English language. It is similar to tests such as TOEFL and is generally taken by prospective students who plan to study abroad in countries that predominantly speak English. It is also a mandatory part of the immigration process for certain countries such as Canada and Australia.


  • The IELTS is generally divided into types the Academic and general tests
  • 1. The IELTS academic is specially made for students who intend to take up an under graduation or post-graduation program in any English speaking nation.
  • 2. The IELTS general is taken by potential immigrants who aspire to migrate to English speaking countries.

Features of IELTS

  • 1. There is no minimum passing marks for the test. However each university will have their required score for the test.
  • 2. The IELTS is used for determining eligibility for admission and scholarship.
  • 3. You will be assessed for your English language skills at listening, reading and writing.
  • 4. The total time for taking the test is around four and a half hours including the time for checking in?
  • 5. A break of 10 minutes will be given to students after they complete the Reading and Listening Sections of IELTS

What are the sections in IELTS

IELTS examination is divided into the following segments

Listening Section

Listening consists of 40 questions divided among four sections. The total duration for all the sections together is 30 minutes and an additional 10 minutes are given for the test taker to transfer his answers to the answer sheet.

Reading Section

The reading section is comprised of 40 questions which are set around three passages. The section has to be completed within 60 minutes and aims at evaluating the reading and comprehension of reading matter in many different areas. The section has passages from many different genres of reading from both non-fiction and fiction.

Writing section

The writing section consists of two tasks

Task 1: Involves interpretation of a diagram for the academic test and the other which involves writing a letter to an imaginary person for the general test. The letter should contain 150 words approximately and should be completed within 20 minutes

Task 2: consists of writing a 250 word essay on a given topic which should be completed within 40 minutes

Speaking Section

This section is held as a personal interview and is of 11 minutes in duration. The test is not held on the actual day of IELTS but either a day before or after. The segment consists of three parts which are classified as personal, long talk and discussion. The test is interactive in nature and you will be talking to an examiner. The personal section consists of the interviewer introducing himself and asking you a few questions about yourself. The long talk involves speaking at length on a given topic. In the discussion segment you will have an interactive talk with the interviewer regarding the topic you have spoken about.

Listing, 4 Sections, 40 items, 30 Minutes
General Training Reading, 3 Sections, 40 items, 60 Minutes Academic Reading, 3 Sections, 40 items, 60 Minutes
General Training Writing, 2 tasks (150 and 250 words), 60 Minutes Academic Writing, 2 Tasks (150 and 250 words), 60 Minutes
Speaking:11 to 14 Minutes

Scoring Of IELTS

The IELTS score is reported as a band ranging from 0 to 9. You will be assigned a score from 1 to 9 for each section individually and the average of all segments will be considered as your overall score. Generally band 9 indicates expert in the segment and band 1 is considered as having low comfort level with the segment and all other bands falling in between.


Q. How long are IELTS scores valid?

A. IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the date of taking the test

Q. When can I reattempt the IELTS test?

A. You can reattempt the IELTS at any point of time. However before reattempting it is best to do a post-mortem analysis of what made you score less the first time.

Q. What is the cost of IELTS?

A. The IELTS approximate costs 6000 – 12000 INR in India.

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