The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the worlds most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.
You can choose to take your IELTS test either on paper or computer, depending on your convenience. There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty between the two options. Remember, you will have to carefully choose which module you wish to take - IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the purpose of your taking the test. However, to study in the UK, you’ll have to take the IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration.
IELTS TEST FORMAT
IELTS is a test of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. For the Speaking test, you can book a slot online on your preferred date and time. If you fail to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to you. The total test time is under three hours.
Candidates are provided with passages belonging to advertisements, company guidelines, brochures, and so on. The common trend suggests that this is relatively easier than the academic format as the selected text are generally something that one encounters on a day-to-day basis.
Listening: 30 minutes
Four recorded monologues and conversations
Reading: 60 Minutes
1.) Three reading passages with tasks
2.) Section one contains two ro three factual texts
3.) Section 2 contains 2 wrk related texts
4.) Section 3 contains one longer text on general text
Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from official documents, and newspapers)
Writing: 60 minutes
1.) Letter writing task of atleast 150 words
2.) Essay writing task of atleast 250 words
Speaking: 11-14 minutes
1.) Face to face interview
2.) Includes short question 1 cue card topic and structured discussion
Why choose IELTS?
It is the test for study ? thousands of the worlds most reputable universities and colleges will accept your IELTS results as evidence of your English language proficiency.
It is the test for professionals ? professional registration bodies in many fields will accept an IELTS result, including accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and teaching bodies in many countries. This means that after completing your studies, you may need to take the test in order to gain professional registration in an English-speaking country.
It is the test for migration – IELTS scores are required by governments in more countries than any other English language test as a requirement for permanent residency. Unlike other providers, the IELTS General Training test is the only non-academic test available for migration to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The United Kingdom and The USA.
It’s the test that’s fairer to you – IELTS assesses you on your practical communication abilities and provides with an accurate assessment of the four skills being tested. It focuses on testing the language abilities rather than specialist knowledge of the candidate and offer two versions – Academic and General Training. Plus, it allows for a one-on-one Speaking test one with an examiner in a private room with no distractions.