WHAT IS THE IELTS
The International English language Testing System, or IELTS, 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. IELTS is accepted by Universities in UK, UK, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. .
The IELTS tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTS 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)
IELTS 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)
IELTS Speaking is a one-to-one interaction between the candidate and an examiner
IELTS is conducted in India by IDP and British Council. For detailed information about IELTS, please refer to the
official website of IELTS www.ielts.org
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What is the scoring scale for the IELTS?
- Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 9 (Maximum) with 0.5 band increment. Four scores are reported on the IELTS:
- 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
What is the cost/registration fee for IELTS?
The registration fee for IELTS is INR 9900.
How do I register for the IELTS?
can register online or in person at IDP or British Council. The detailed
information about registering for the IELTS can be found at
www.britishcouncil.org You can also contact the center manager
How many times in a year is the IELTS exam held?
IELTS is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the city by following the given linkwww.ielts.org
How many times can I take the IELTS?
can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to
appear for IELTS too many times as it may affect the applicant’s
What is the validity of the IELTS exam?
IELTS score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was
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 IELTS 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 IELTS score at the time of applying to universities?
you do not need to have the IELTS score with you at the time of
Do US schools accept the IELTS score?