About IELTS Test

  • What is IELTS?

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally administered test of English language, established in 1989. Today, it is co-managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, British Council and IDP Australia.
  • What is tested?

    This test checks the ability or efficiency of a non-native English language speaking candidate who wishes to apply for student visa, permanent visa or work visa for an English speaking country. The four basic linguistic skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking are assessed in English.
  • Does IELTS have different versions?

    There are two versions of the IELTS tests:

    1. Academic- Candidates who wish to go abroad to study have to take IELTS Academic test.

    2. General- Candidates who wish to go abroad to work or retire have to take IELTS

    General test.

  • How is IELTS scored?

    IELTS assesses a candidate on the four basic linguistic skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of these skills are scored out of 9 bands, and your final score will be the rounded off average of these four scores.
  • Is IELTS a paper based exam or a computer delivered exam?

    Originally, IELTS was launched as a paper based test. But now, in many countries, Computer Delivered IELTS is also available for both Academic and General test takers.

Paper Delivered IELTS

  • The Listening Reading and Writing tests are conducted on/using paper and pencil/pen on the same day and in a single session.
  • The Speaking session will be conducted face-to-face with a human examiner.
  • Result in 13 days.
  • Conducted 3-4 times in a month.
Computer Delivered IELTS

  • The Listening Reading and Writing tests are conducted the same day and in a single session.
  • The Speaking session will be conducted face-to-face with a human examiner.
  • Result in 5-7 days.
  • Usually conducted on more than 20 days a month with multiple slots.

Some more IELTS facts

  1. The Listening, Reading and Writing (LRW) tests are conducted on the same day, and the Speaking test is usually conducted two days before or after the LRW test.
  2. IELTS is available at more than 1,200 locations all over the world.
  3. Most of the educational institutions and organizations in Australia, Canada, USA and Britain accept the IELTS score.

  4. In 2018, over 3 million candidates took the IELTS test globally.
  5. An individual can attempt for the test multiple times if he/she is not satisfied with the score. Also, there is no rule that the next attempt has to be made after a given period of time. They can re-take it whenever they wish to. Furthermore, during the application, the best score out of all the tests can be submitted, that is, the average score is not calculated.

  6. The test score is Valid for 2 years.