A basic idea of IELTS

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IELTS is one of the most popular and important international standard tests for English language proficiency. Many have heard the name and know its requirements but do not know the details about IELTS.

It is very important for those who want to participate in IELTS to know the details of IELTS exam module, format, and other things. You certainly can’t expect a good band score if you don’t know the details about IELTS. For a good IELTS band score, it is important to know in detail what kind of questions you will face in which section, who will ask questions, who administers IELTS, etc.

The full form of IELTS is the International English Language Testing System . IELTS is a test system jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS was launched in 1989 and has been the world’s most popular English proficiency test ever since. IELTS provides students and employees around the world with certificates in English language proficiency that are required by many universities around the world for admission, work, and immigration. About 3 million candidates take the IELTS test every year.

The IELTS score indicates not only the specific ability of a candidate but also the overall ability of the English language to live in a country. IELTS is an essential subject for migration and higher education abroad.   

Immigration authorities, various university authorities, government agencies in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries place the highest importance on IELTS scores. Candidates take the IELTS test to prove their English proficiency.

Educational Qualifications for IELTS

No specific educational qualifications are required to take the IELTS exam. You can take the IELTS test only if you are 18 years of age or older. The most important information about IELTS is that once you participate in IELTS, the validity of that test certificate is two years. After two years the candidate has no value in the previous exam score. If desired, the candidate can participate in IELTS again. 

The IELTS test has 4 sections or modules:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

There are two different formats for IELTS testing. One format is Academic IELTS and the other is General Training IELTS. All the candidates have the same test for Listening and Speaking but there are differences in Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS for  Reading and  Writing. Academic IELTS is for those seeking admission in universities of developed countries for higher education purposes and General Training IELTS is for those who want to go abroad for training for professional purposes.

Structure of the IELTS Tests:

ModuleAcademic IELTSGeneral Training IELTS
Listening40 questions in 4 sections;Time: 30 minutes40 questions in 4 sections;Time: 30 minutes
Reading40 questions from three big reading passages in 3 sections; Time: 1 hour40 questions from three short reading passages in 3 sections; Time: 1 hour
Writing2 jobs: one is report writing and the other is essay writing;
Time: 1 hour
2 tasks: one is Formal Letter writing and the other is Essay Writing;
Time: 1 hour
Speaking3 sections:1. Introduction2. Cue card3. Two-way discussion)
Time: 11-14 minutes
3 sections:1. Introduction2. Cue card3. Two-way discussion)
Time: 11-14 minutes

The band score in each section of IELTS is 0-9. The actual IELTS band score is determined after averaging all sections. Each score from 0-9 reveals a candidate’s English proficiency

IELTS Band ScoreProficiency of the candidate
9Expert User
8Very Good User
7Good User
6Competent User
5Modest User
4Limited User
3Extremely Limited User
2Intermittent User (intermittent user)
1Non User
0Did not Attempt the Test (missing)

How to register for IELTS?

You must register to take the IELTS exam. You can go to the IELTS test centers near you. Talk to the information desk staff there to find out all the details of the registration. Or you can apply online by visiting this link www.ielts.org . But not all test centers accept online registration, so it is better to go to the test center in person and find out.  

Everything you need to register  

  • 2 recent passport size color photos. Do not use pictures older than 6 months. Use pictures that clearly show your appearance in the picture. Take your time to take pictures by opening your glasses. Write your name with a pen on the other side of the picture.
  •  If you don’t have a passport, make a passport quickly. Because you need a passport to register for IELTS. You can take a photocopy of your passport when you go to the registration center.
  • If you want to send your IELTS score to any university or college then you have to specify the name of that university/college in the application form.
  • You have to go to the specific center and submit the registration form by paying the prescribed fee

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