What Do You Need to Know About IELTS TEST?

What Do You Need to Know About IELTS TEST?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS has worldwide acceptance. A lot of non-native English speakers apply for study or permanent residence each year to the countries where English is considered the first language. The countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and the USA that bear influx of a great number of students and immigrants require their applicants to undergo English Language Proficiency tests like IELTS. There are two forms of this test-academic and general. Those who aim to study in English speaking countries, opt for Academic Module While those who intend to work or live in these countries choose the General Module.

Structure of the test

  • IELTS Listening test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, 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 to check the answers.
  • IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test or a General Training Reading test. Both tests comprise of three sections, and in both tests, the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.
  • 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.
  • 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 linked to the part two .This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes


  • Paper-based test
  • Computer-delivered test

At present, there are two options available for the candidates to choose from. They can take the paper-based test, or they can choose the computer-delivered test. However, there is no difference in the format of the test. In the computer-delivered test, Listening, Reading and Writing are answered using a computer. In other words, those who have been struggling due to illegible handwriting can now type the answers in the writing section rather than scribbling with a pen or pencil. Speaking, however, takes place in the same traditional way in a face to face interview as it takes place in the paper-based test.

One significant benefit of choosing the computer-delivered test is that there are more dates available to schedule the test. Moreover, the result can be received quicker than earlier- the paper delivered test takes at least 13 days to announce the result while in case of computer-delivered test, the result is obtained within 5 working days.