International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognised test that opens doors to study and work in English-speaking countries.
IELTS is designed to measure English language proficiency by assessing reading comprehension and expression, writing comprehension and expression, listening comprehension and speaking/interaction skills.
The exam lasts two hours and forty-five minutes.
CD IELTS mode: 5 to 7 working days
Paper Based Mode: In 13 calendar days
A good IELTS score is a definite advantage for any student or professional looking for opportunities and success abroad.
What formats does IELTS take?
IELTS has two formats available.
Academic: assesses the skills required for those seeking to study for a degree or postgraduate qualification in countries where English is the official language.
General Training: focuses on general survival skills in social or work contexts. It is required for those planning to migrate to English-speaking countries. People seeking to change their residence to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United Kingdom are required to take this test.
Usually, the institution requesting the test results informs applicants which of the two versions of the test they should take.
IELTS is recognised by over ten thousand organisations worldwide.
Universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies around the world require candidates to take IELTS as an entry requirement.
It is administered in over 125 countries and is underpinned by an extensive research programme that has been developed and tested by world-renowned experts.
The confidence and prestige of the IELTS test means that over two million people take the test each year.
How are IELTS results measured?
Candidates who take IELTS do not pass or fail the test. Test results are reported in bands ranging from the lowest (1) to the highest (9).
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
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How is IELTS tested?
The exam is composed of four stages to be completed in less than three hours: reading and writing tests, as well as a listening comprehension test and an oral test.
It is important to consider that the oral exam can be one or two days before the selected exam date, depending on availability.
The exam consists of the following parts:
- Reading test: 1 hour
- Writing test: 1 hour
- Listening test: 40 min
- Speaking test: 11-14 minutes
There are three sections where 40 questions of different types of academic and general readings are presented. An average of 2,150 to 2,750 words are read. The test lasts 60 minutes.
Users are asked to write texts on topics of general interest in a formal and semi-formal style. Two of them should be at least 150 words long and two more than 250 words long. The test lasts 60 minutes.
It consists of four sections where 40 questions of different types are presented.
The candidate listens to a conversation between two people in a common social context, a monologue in a common social context, a conversation between four people in an educational or professional context, and finally, a monologue in an academic context. The test lasts 40 minutes.
The candidate has a live interview with a Certified Examiner.
The interview is divided into three parts:
- Introduction and interview (3-4 minutes)
The examiner introduces him/herself, asks the user to introduce him/herself and asks general questions about his/her family, work or studies.
- Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
The examiner gives the candidate a card with a specific topic. The candidate has one minute to prepare his/her speech and take notes. At the end, the examiner asks questions about the topic.
- Discussion (4-5 minutes)
The examiner continues to ask the candidate questions on the previously developed topic.
The test has a total duration of 11-14 minutes.