IELTS Information



The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test for English. The test checks the English language communication skills of students who do not have English as their mother tongue. The test checks listening, speaking, writing and reading skills of students.

The test ensures that the student would be able to complete the studies in an English Medium college. The IELTS test is administered by two committee British Council, IDP Education Australia; and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The score of the test is globally recognized. IELTS is taken up several times in a year.

IELTS is taken up in two forms:

  1. IELTS Academic – For those who are going to study.
  2. IELTS General- For those who are going to work.

Test Pattern:
The test is available in two forms:

  1. Paper Based IELTS (PBIELTS)
  2. Computer Based IELTS (CBIELTS)

The test consists of four sections:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading (Academic / General)
  3. Writing (Academic / General
  4. Speaking

The test has different sections:

The Listening Section - Duration : 30 minutes

Academic reading/general training reading section - Duration : 60 minutes

Academic writing/general training writing section - Duration : 60 minutes

Speaking Section : Duration : 11 - 14 minutes

Total test time : 2 hours and 45 minutes

You will receive a separate Band Score. The four Band Scores, one for each section are added together and averaged for an Overall Band Score. Each Band has a statement giving a summary of the English at that level. There are nine Band levels, from one (non-user) to nine (expert user).

The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5, depending upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common requirement is a band score of 6 to 6.5. 

Test Reports have a validity of two years. 

You can retake the test if you do not achieve the desired score but not before three months of the first test date.

The test score is valid for not more than two years.


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