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(International English
Language Testing System) is a test of English language proficiency. IELTS is
mandatory exam for admission into universities, secondary, vocational and
training programs in the countries of England, Australia, New Zealand and
Canada. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL
Examinations, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. It has become a
mandatory test for students of many nationalities to get student visas to
Australia. IELTS is however not accepted by most universities in USA. TOEFL
is required for


The test has different sections:

  • The Listening Section - Duration : 30 minutes
  • Academic reading/general training reading section - Duration : 60
  • Academic writing/general training writing section - Duration : 60
  • Speaking Section : Duration : 11 - 14 minutes
  • Total test time : 2 hours and 45 minutes

All Aspirants are supposed to take the Listening and Speaking modules and
the choice of Reading and Writing modules of IELTS is determined by the
purpose of taking IELTS.

The Academic reading and writing modules are suitable for those seeking
admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. General training
reading and writing modules are suitable for candidates who are going to
English-speaking countries to complete their secondary

or to undertake work
experience or training programmes not at degree level. The General training
modules are also used for immigration purposes.

IELTS assesses a candidate on a band scale of one to nine. Band one
indicates that you have virtually no knowledge of English. Band nine
indicates that your English proficiency is as good as that of a native
English speaker.

in Australia,
England etc, typically require a band score of 6 and more.


A good IELTS score is mandatory for admission in the universities of UK,
Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Apart from a good IELTS score

also expect a good
GPA (Grade Point Average) from the students from their past


You will receive a separate Band Score for each section. The four Band
Scores, one for each section are added together and averaged for an Overall
Band Score. Each Band has a statement giving a summary of the English at
that level. There are nine Band levels, from one (non-user) to nine (expert

The minimum score accepted for a

ranges from 5.0 to 7.5,
depending upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common
requirement is a band score of 6 to 6.5.

Overall IELTS band scores and Listening and Reading

band scores are reported in
half bands. Writing and Speaking band scores are reported in whole bands.
This feature helps the Universities in following their guidelines at the
time of admission.

Test Reports have a validity of two years. You can retake the test if you do
not achieve the desired score but not before three months from the first
test date.

IELTS Preparation

Start preparing for


well in advance before the
test date. The IELTS test comprises of four Band Modules namely Listening,
Reading, Writing and Speaking. All these four modules carry the same
weightage. Hence give equal importance to all the modules of IELTS in your

  • The first and foremost thing to do for your IELTS preparation is to buy

    material, relevant
    cassettes, CD-ROMs and books.
  • Reading Section is relatively difficult section of IELTS. Practice the
    reading exercises given in the book and self-evaluate your score. Try to
    complete the reading exercises with in the stipulated time. Time management
    is of essence in IELTS. You can also enhance your reading skills practice by
    reading good English magazines and newspaper articles.
  • Make your study-plan to set goals for completing the

    outline. Do not think that
    stretching your

    time is the only solution
    to get prepared well for your IELTS exam. Concentrate on your quality time
    instead of quantity time.
  • If you have ample time before your IELTS exam, identify your weaker
    points and give importance to those weaker points. Work on your weaker areas
    concentrate on your strong points to make them stronger.
  • These days, many IELTS resources are available to help you practice
    well. Become familiar with the exact pattern of the test of the test. You
    can achieve this by more test practices. If it is possible, attend a
    short-term course for IELTS preparation, which will help you to compare your mock IELTS score with Other candidates

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