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

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q1 Which all countries accept IELTS?

Ans. All the English speaking countries, primarily the UK, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Singapore etc.

Q2 How is the test taken ?

Ans. Its a paper pencil test, taken at various centres across India .

Q3 Who conducts IELTS ?

Ans. IDP & British Council .

Q5 What are the requirements to register for the test?

Ans. You will need a valid passport to register for the test and a credit card to pay for the fees.

Q7 How many times is the exam conducted in a year?

Ans. The test is conducted up to four times in a month throughout the year .

Q8 When do the results get announced?

Ans. A student gets their result in 13 working days .

Q9 How is the score sent?

Ans. The score is sent through mail and a hard copy of which is also sent to the physical address given by the student during the registration of the test.

Q10 Is there a limit to the number of times one can write the test?

Ans. No, there is no limit. However it is strongly recommended that one does not take the test too many times since that might affect a student's profile adversely.

Q11 Can a student request for a recheck?

Ans. Yes

Q12 What is the validity of the score?

Ans. Two years

Q13 How is a student scored?

Ans. The test is out of 9 Bands where 5-6 is average, 7-8 being Good and 9 is excellent!

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