The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is intended to assist you in working, studying, or migrating to a country where English is the primary language. This includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. During the test, your ability to listen, read, write, and speak in English will be evaluated. The IELTS exam is graded on a scale of 1-9. The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English jointly own IELTS.
Types of IELTS tests
Academic IELTS Test
If you want to study at a university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or if you want to join or gain entry into a professional institution, the IELTS Academic test is designed for you. The IELTS Academic test determines whether you have the English language proficiency required for an academic, higher education setting. It reflects some of the characteristics of the academic language and evaluates whether you're ready to commence studies or training.
General IELTS Test
The IELTS General Training test is appropriate for students who are applying to study or train below degree level. This includes a school or college that is taught in English. This is meant for professionals seeking work experience and people seeking immigration in some countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The test focuses on everyday English language skills that you will need in a social and professional setting.
The total duration of the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- The test format, question types, time allocated to each test part and content is the same for both IELTS on computer test and the IELTS on paper test.
- Complete the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections of the test on a computer, and the Speaking section in front of an IELTS examiner.
- All answers will be typed on the screen. You can also write notes on the note sheet during the Listening test.
- The results of your test will be available within 3 to 5 days.
- The test slots are available up to three times a day and seven days a week.
Pen and Paper based IELTS
- In this method, a person will take the test in a traditional manner- at a desk with question paper and answer sheets for Reading, Listening and Writing tests in an IELTS test centre.
- Complete the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections of the test on paper, and the Speaking section in front of an IELTS examiner.
- The results of your test will be available 13 days after you take it.
- The test dates for paper-based IELTS are available four times a month or 48 times a year.