WHAT IS THE IELTS™
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTSTM, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTSTM is accepted by Universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTSTM Score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTSTM.
The IELTSTM tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTSTM is as follows:
Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
Reading has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.
Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks.
Listening (40 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
IELTSTM Listening has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). Each item is worth one mark.
Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
IELTSTM Speaking is a one-to-one interaction between the candidate and an examiner
IELTSTM is conducted in India by IDP and British Council. For detailed information about IELTSTM, please refer to the
Website of IELTSTM – www.ielts.org
IELTSTM Exam Dates
What is the cost/registration fee for IELTSTM?
The registration fee for IELTSTM is RS. 9900.
How do I register for the IELTSTM?
can register online or in person at IDP or British Council. The detailed
information about registering for the IELTSTM can be found at
How many times in a year is the IELTSTM exam held?
IELTSTM is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole
schedule which can vary depending on the country by following the given
How many times can I take the IELTSTM?
can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to
appear for IELTSTM too many times as it may affect the applicant’s
What is the validity of the IELTSTM exam?
IELTSTM score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was
What is the scoring pattern?
Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 9 (Maximum) with 0.5 band increment.
Four scores are reported on the IELTSTM:
- Reading score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Listening score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Writing score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Speaking score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
How soon do I get my score?
scores are available 13 days after the exam date.
How do I pass on my score to the college?
may request for additional Test Report Form (TRF) to be dispatched
directly by the test centre to the recognising institution / body. There
is NO CHARGE for the additional TRF, but the candidate will have to pay
a dispatch charge of Rs. 1,000/- if the candidate wishes to order
dispatch by Courier or Rs. 250/- if the dispatch is by Registered Post
If I take the IELTSTM more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
Almost all the universities take the best score.
Do I need to have the IELTSTM score at the time of applying to universities?
you do not need to have the IELTSTM score with you at the time of
Do US schools accept the IELTSTM score?