International English Language Testing System or IELTS as it is commonly known, is taken by students aspiring to travel abroad for higher studies or by professionals for job prospects in English speaking countries. Accepted worldwide, Primarily by the UK, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore etc. IELTS basically tests the candidates' English skills since they hail from non-native countries.
The test comprises of Four sections – Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking and are taken in the same order. It can be further explained as follows:
Listening (0-9 Bands) (40 Minutes) – 4 sections with 10 questions each, where every question is worth one mark
Reading (0-9 Bands) (60 Minutes) – Has three reading passages and 40 questions in totality worth one mark each.
Writing (0-9 Bands) (60 Minutes) – This section comprises of 2 writing tasks, where the first one is to be completed within 20 minutes and the second one within 40 minutes (Ideal timing)
Speaking (0-9 Bands) (10 - 14 Minutes) – The student answers three different set of questions fired at by the examiner