IELTS – International English Language Testing System

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IELTS is the world’s most popular “English language test” that opens doors to a world of academic and/or professional opportunity in AustraliaIreland, CanadaNew Zealandthe UKUSA and many other places around the world where English is either a native language in the workplace or the classroom.

 The IELTS paper is divided into four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
You can choose from the Academic Training or General Training versions of the IELTS test.
All candidates have the same Listening and Speaking sections for both the versions but Reading and Writing sections contain different types of questions.

The test has four parts – Listening (~30 minutes), Reading (~60 minutes), Writing (~60 minutes) and Speaking (~10-15 minutes). The total exam time is around 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting or one day. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the day of the other tests.

How are Marks allocated:

The IELTS Academic and General Training test results are reported using the same nine-band scale

The Test Report Form provides your Overall Band Score and band scores for each of the four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Overall Band Score

The Overall Band Score is the average of the four component scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The component scores are weighted equally.

Component Band Scores

Listening: The IELTS Listening test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Reading: The IELTS Reading test contains 40 questions. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS nine-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Writing: Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Speaking: Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation