June 25, 2019

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test to measure the proficiency of people who wants to study or work in the country where the English language is used for the communication. It uses 9-band scale to rank the proficiency of yours denoting 9 as an expert and 1 as noob.

IELTS is available in Academic & General Training. If you are trying for higher education or professional registration Academic is required but if you are trying to migrate & Study in Australia below degree level, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs General Training is the one.

Generally, if you are trying to apply for undergraduate or post graduate then Academic is suitable and which most of the students prefer when they apply abroad to Study in Australia.

In these two types of IELTS four language skills test will be taken & ranked as mentioned below

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking

There is no difference in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring between IELTS General Training and Academic examination. The listening and speaking tests remain the same for both the versions.

The total test time will be 2 hour 44 minutes plus 10 minutes of transfer time. The test will be taken in serial manner first listening, second reading & last one will be writing without any break in-between.

And for the Speaking it depends upon the test center, which may take up to 7 days after the above test is given.

Below is the test format on how each section will be conducted or you can also visit https://www.ielts.org for the detailed test format


Test Section Question Types Maximum Bands
Listening Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.

Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

 Reading It includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These texts are selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.         9
 Writing Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

 Speaking Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2  – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.