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 USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia now. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTS.
More than 800 test centers around the world administer IELTS. Most test centers are run by the British Council, IELTS Australia, or universities and language schools. Some testing centers also offer off-site testing for large groups by prior arrangement with IELTS. Contact your local examination center or visit www.iefts.org to find out where the nearest IELTS test center is located.
There are two modules to choose from – Academic and General Training.
The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
The General Training module is for wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand or UK) and for those wishing to study or train at below degree level.
What is the difference between Academic Module and General Training module?
Both modules cover all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Everyone takes the same Listening and speaking tests. There are different Reading and Writing tests for the Academic and General Training modules.
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be completed on the same day. There are no breaks between the three written tests. The Speaking test may be taken up to seven days before or after the other three tests.
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
The Speaking test may even take place a day or two later at some centers.
IELTS Listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.
IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.
IELTS Writing test also lasts for 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic Module, or a General Training Module. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics.
IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded and has three separate parts:
An introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.
IELTS is conducted in India by British Council. We are now a Member of the British Council IELTS Partnership Programme and the IELTS Registration Centre for British Council. You can visit us and register at no extra cost. The registration fee for IELTS is Rs.11300. The detailed information about registering for the IELTS can be found at www.britishcouncil.org. IELTS is offered on specific days of the year. One may access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the country by following the given link www.ielts.org or by contacting us. IELTS can be taken unlimited number of times. IELTS score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was taken.