International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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1. About the IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally accepted English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in an English-speaking country. IELTS is governed by British Council, IDP Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment and was established in 1989. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.

Since its establishment, IELTS has become the most popular high-ranking English-language certificate in the world. There are currently more than 1,000 test locations in more than 140 countries, carrying out over two million tests each year. Over 9,000 organizations worldwide accept IELTS as proof of proficiency in the English language.

IELTS testing materials are written by international teams of writers from different English-speaking countries, so the content reflects real-life situations. The Speaking part of the IELTS test is a face-to-face assessment with a person, rather than recording on a computer to give an individual more natural feeling. You will thus have conversations with an examiner who can effectively evaluate your language skills, without being distracted by other candidates or technical problems.

IELTS is accepted by most of the English-speaking countries like United States of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and many more for professional and citizenship purpose and, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.


IELTS is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for people applying both inside and outside of UK. It also meets the requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand where TOEFL and PTE Academic are also accepted.


There is no minimum score required to pass the test. IELTS test results are issued to all test takers from a score of band 1 (non-user) to band 9 (expert user) and each institution has their own acceptance threshold. 

Institutions are advised not to consider a report older than two years to be valid unless the user proves that they have worked to maintain their level.

In 2017, over 3 million tests were taken in more than 140 countries. In 2007, IELTS administered more than one million tests in a single 12-month period for the first time ever, making it the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration.

2. What you will learn


30 Minutes
(4 sections, 40 questions)


60 Minutes
(3 sections, 40 questions)


60 Minutes
(2 Essays)


11 - 14 Minutes
(Interview, Speak on a topic, Discussion)

3. IELTS Modules
Academic Module / General Training Module:
  • The Academic Module is intended for those wishing to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education.
  • The General Training Module is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
  • The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both the Modules, Reading and Writing sections differ.
It includes,
  • Listening
  • General Training Reading
  • General Training Writing
  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Writing
  • Speaking - One To One Interview
4. IELTS Scoring

A Band Score for each of the four modules as well as an overall score is recorded on the Test Report Form. This allows receiving institutions to clearly identify the candidates' strengths and weaknesses. These Band Scores are recorded on the Test Report Form along with details of the candidate's nationality, first language and date of birth. The Test Report Form indicates whether it is for an Academic or General Training candidate. Each Band corresponds to a descriptive statement giving a summary of the English of a candidate classified at that level. Overall Band Scores can be reported in either whole or half Bands.