IELTS is International English Language Testing System, a prerequisite test for admission into universities in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

It is also a criterion for immigration to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

IELTS is jointly managed by

University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations)
British Council
IDP Education Australia

IELTS assesses the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS measures the four language skills

Academic Reading
General Training Reading
Academic Writing
General Training Writing

Listening Section

Listening section takes 30 minutes with 40 questions in 4 sections
Ten minutes time is given to transform the answers to an answer sheet

Reading Section

Reading section takes 60 minutes time in which 40 questions are asked based on 3 reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words

Writing Section

In the Writing Section you have to write essays of 2 given tasks in 60 min.

Task – 1: You have to write an essay of 150 words in 20 min.
Task – 2: You have to write on essay of 250 words in 40 min.

Speaking Section

The speaking module consists of an oral interview between the candidate and examiner, which takes 10-15 min.

Academic Module

The Academic Reading and Writing Module assess whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or post graduate level.

General Training Module

General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English Speaking countries to undertake work experience or immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Test Score

Candidates receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9 score is reported for each module of the test. The individual module scores are than averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.

A band score pf 6-7.5 is necessary for admission into university or immigration.

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