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  What is IELTS?

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP:IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.? All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. If you are planning to undertake academic study, it is recommended that you sit for the Academic Reading and Writing Modules. If you are planning to undertake non-academic training or apply for immigration into Canada or some other countries, it is recommended that you sit for the General Training Reading and Writing Modules. It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine which version, Academic or General Training, must be taken.

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  Who should take IELTS?

  • Many English language learners need IELTS in order to pursue academic or non-academic training. IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
  • EVERYONE, including native English speakers, may be required to prove an official IELTS score in order to seek immigration to some countries. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires an official IELTS score. (other countries include, for example, Australia and New Zealand.)
  •   IELTS Test Structure

    All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking to obtain an IELTS Test Report Form.

    Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.

    Listening 4 Sections 40Items 30Minutes
    General Training Reading 3 Secions 40 Items 60 Minutes
    Academic Reading 3 Secions 40 Items 60 Minutes

    General Training Writng 2Tasks(150 and 250 words) 60 Minutes
    Academic Writng 2Tasks(150 and 250 words) 60 Minutes

    Speaking 11 to 14 minutes

    Total Test Time 2 hours 45 minutes

    The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.

    The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.

      How are candidates assessed?

    Results are returned to the candidates two weeks after the test date in the form of a Test Report Form. Candidates will receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9 in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking modules. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score. Overall Band Scores and Listening and Reading Band Scores are reported in half bands; Writing and Speaking Band Scores are reported in whole bands. There is no pass or fail mark. Results are valid for two years.

    Test Report Forms should be sent directly from the testing centre to the receiving organizations. The candidate will receive only one test report form but additional copies can be sent direct to receiving organizations.