The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
IELTS ACADEMIC OR IELTS GENERAL TRAINING
IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS FOR MIGRATION
ACCEPTED FOR AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE UK
IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proﬁciency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, as well as for study and work in the USA.
Each country sets its own IELTS requirements. For up-to-date information, please visit the relevant government website
You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
- Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
- Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
- Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
- Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas
Test format – Writing:
Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
- Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
- Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
Test format – Reading
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
IELTS Academic test – this includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Getting your results
Your Test Report Form will be available 13 days after you complete the test. You will receive one copy of the form, or two copies if you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You can arrange for your test centre to post this to you, or you can pick it up in person.
Viewing your results online
Your results will also be available to view online for 28 days. (This should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance).
Your IELTS test centre will provide you with a link to your results or you can view them via one of these websites:
You will need your passport or ID number (the same number you used when you registered for the test) and your candidate number.
If you have any questions or problems, contact your test centre.
Sending results to nominated organisations
When you book your test, you can nominate up to five organisations to be sent your IELTS test results on your behalf. This service is free of charge. Results can be sent to further nominated organisations for a small administration fee.
If your centre has closed, you can ask for your IELTS result to be sent to your nominated organisations by organisations (by filling in the Application for additional TRFs (from closed centres) form. This service is available for up to two years from the date of your IELTS test.
RETAKING THE TEST
You can take the test as often as you wish, but you can only schedule one test at a time.
Subsequently tests may be scheduled immediately after you recieve your scores. If you take the test more than once, you can select which score to send to an institution. If you do not attend your test at the scheduled time, date and location, it will be recorded as a “NO show.” You will not receive a refund of your test fee. To take the test, you will need to schedule a new test and pay the fee again.
IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale
IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).
Calculating the overall band score
A score is given for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.
IELTS results validity period
While it is up to each organisation to set a validity period that works for their purposes, the IELTS partners recommend a 2-year validity period for IELTS test results based upon the well-documented phenomenon of second language loss or ‘attrition’.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS EXAM
HERE ARE SOME KEY FEATURES OF THIS EXAM.
- Pen & Paper based with human interaction
- FAST: Schedule your test up to 7 days in advance
- FLEXIBLE: Choose from regular test dates and sessions.
- Approved by almost all the international destination – UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and etc.
- Results in 13 days.
- Easy to go through