Types

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Securing the top position of being the most popular English language proficiency test, IELTS is recognized by
more than 9000 organizations in 145 countries.
You need to pick the right type of IELTS test from IELTS Academics and IELTS General Training.

IELTS ACADEMICS

This test is designed for the people who seek to apply for higher education or for professional registration in an English Speaking Country. IELTS Academics test assesses if the applicant is ready to start studying or training in English Speaking Environment.

IELTS GENERAL TRAINING

This test is for those people who seek to gain work experience or complete their training programs or who want to migrate to English Speaking Countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and UK. It is also appropriate for students seeking secondary education.

Who accepts IELTS?

IELTS, being the most trusted English language test, is accepted by more than 9000 organisations in 145 countries. Choosing IELTS gives you more and better options for your future as IELTS is accepted by the government in countries than any other such language test. Organisations accepting IELTS scores are:

  • Government agencies and departments.
  • Universities, training colleges, tertiary institutes and schools.
  • Professional bodies.
  • Industry bodies, companies and employers.

Why IELTS

  • Developed and designed by the experts after research and validation, IELTS is the most trusted test for English language.
  • Being held up to four times a month at different test locations and dates facilitates the candidates to take the test at their convenience.
  • The examiners for IELTS are recruited, trained, certified and monitored by IELTS markers regularly to ensure standardised testing around the world.
  • Depending on the purpose of your application, IELTS gives you choice of test types for study, work or permanent migration.
  • You don’t fail IELTS as its results are given on the basis of bands from 0-9. These bands are equally allotted to measure all levels of English language skills.

Modules

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Listening

  • Time duration: Approximately 30 mins + 10mins to write the answers.
  • Number of questions: Vary from 38 to 42 including multiple choices, labelling, sentence completion and more.
  • Sections of Test: Four sections with recorded monologues and coversations of native English Speakers.
  • Purpose: Examiner will be assessing candidate’s ability to understand the factual information, opinions and judge your aptness to follow development of the ideas.

Speaking

  • Time duration: 11-14 minutes.
  • Number of questions: Depends on the examiner.
  • Sections: It has 3 sections including introduction and interview, task card on a topic and discussions between examiner and the candidate.
  • Purpose: This component is developed to assess candidate’s proficiency over spoken English.

Reading

  • Time duration: 60 minutes.
  • Number of questions: It consists of 40 questions.
  • Sections: It includes 3 long passages taken from books, journals and newspapers. This may include non-verbal tasks like diagrams, graphs or examples.
  • Purpose: It is designed to test your reading skills through a range of content. Reading main ideas, details, skimming, logical arguments, gist, understanding the writer’s opinion and attitude is the purpose of reading component.

Writing

  • Time duration: 60 minutes.
  • Number of questions: 2 tasks are assigned in this component.
  • Sections: Task 1 requires to be written for atleast 150 words explaining a table, chart or a diagram. Task 2 requires the candidate to write a short essay of atleast 250 words.
  • Purpose: These tasks are about writing on topics that are of general interest which are suitable for candidates seeking to apply for graduate and postgraduate studies in professional registration.

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