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IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers who need to study in Europe, America, Australia, or Work where English is the language of communication. The IELTS test was introduced in the year 1989 and the IELTS test is available in two formats; Academic Module and General Training Module.


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Academic Module:

Academic Module is suitable for the students who are applying for higher education to a university/ institution for Bachelors/ Masters/ PhD/ Diploma courses in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognize IELTS.

General Training Module:

General Training Module is appropriate for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

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IELTS Test Format:

There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the IELTS test: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students must sit all four sub-tests. While all students take the same listening and speaking tests, they sit different reading and writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic Module or the General Training Module.

On the day of the test, the four subsections will be taken in the following order:

IELTS Test Formt

The IELTS speaking test may even take place a day or two later at some centres.

IELTS Listening Test lasts for about 40 minutes (including the 10 minutes transfer time). 10 minutes for transferring the answers to an answer sheet. It consists of four sections, with ten questions in each section 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 Listening Practice Tests

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.

>> Academic Reading Practice Tests

>> General Reading Practice Tests

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.

>> Academic Writing Task 1 Practice Tests

>> General Writing Task 1 Practice Tests

>> Writing Task 2 Practice Tests

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 Speaking Practice Tests

>> IELTS Cue Cards with possible answers

There is no minimum score required to pass IELTS. IELTS score is evaluated on a scale from 0 to 9 points. Most top universities require 6.0-7.0 overall IELTS score for admission.

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