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IELTS International English Language Testing System

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an entrance requirement to academic courses, secondary, vocational and training programs by the majority of universities and institutions abroad. Increasingly, American universities have started accepting valid scores in IELTS for admission to Under-Graduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate courses. The IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.

TEST FORMAT

Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

- The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day.

- The Speaking may be taken, at the discretion of the test center, on the same day or up to two days later.

PATTERN OF IELTS TESTS

PATTERN OF IELTS TESTS

SECTION 1 - LISTENING

30 Minutes

4 Sections: 40 Questions

Sec. 1 and Sec. 3 Dialogues

Sec. 2 and Sec. 4 Monologues

 



 

SECTION 2 - READING

60 Minutes

3 Sections: 40 Questions

13 to 14 Questions per section

 

SECTION 3 - WRITING, 60 Minutes

2 Tasks:



 

SECTION 3 - WRITING, 60 Minutes

2 Tasks:

Task 1: Test takers are required to describe visual information in their own words in approximately 150 words.

Task 2: Test takers are required to present a point of view on an argument/problem and are expected to complete this task in around 250 words.

Task 2 carries more weight than Task 1.

 

SECTION 4 - SPEAKING

11-14 Minutes

3 Sections:

Part 1 - Personal Interview

4-5 minutes

Part 2 - A short speech (2 minutes) and questions asked on the topic

3-4 minutes

Part 3 - Involves a discussion on the above topic

The score in each of the subtests and an overall (average) score is recorded as levels of ability, called Bands. Total Score: 9 for each Section and an overall score out of 9.

COURSE DURATION: 6 WEEKS.

The examination fee for IELTS is Rs. 12,650/-. One can register online at any of the IOC centers and pay the test fee by credit card (Master/VISA) or register in person at the British Consulate in Mumbai.

The student has the option WHILE REGISTERING FOR the test to list down the names of five universities on the IELTS form, which will be sent to the universities free of cost.

The IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.