What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System is commonly known as IELTS. It is a standardized test designed to evaluate the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers who want to study or work in English-speaking countries.

The four basic language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are all tested on the IELTS test. It is available in two versions: the Academic module, which is intended for those who want to study at an English-speaking university or academic institution, and the General Training module, which is designed for those who want to work or immigrate to an English-speaking country.

The IELTS test is scored on a scale of 0-9, with 9 being the highest score. Each of the four language skills is scored separately, and then an overall band score is calculated by taking the average of the four individual scores. Most universities and employers have their own minimum score requirements for admission or employment.

Over 10,000 organizations, including universities, employers, and governmental companies, accept the IELTS test as valid. The test is administered in over 140 countries, and test takers can choose from multiple test dates throughout the year.


Here are some tips and suggestions that can help you prepare for the IELTS test:

  • Familiarize yourself with the test format: The IELTS test has a specific format and structure. Make sure you understand the format of each section of the test, the types of questions you will encounter, and the time allowed for each section.
  • Improve your English language skills: The IELTS test assesses your English language proficiency, so it is important to improve your language skills before taking the test. Read English texts, listen to English podcasts or radio programs, and practice speaking and writing in English.
  • Practice with sample tests: Practice is essential for achieving a good score on the IELTS test. Use official IELTS practice materials to simulate the test experience and improve your skills. Free sample tests are also available online.
  • Manage your time effectively: Time management is crucial in the IELTS test. Make sure you practice answering questions within the allotted time and learn to prioritize tasks to maximize your score.
  • Focus on your weakest areas: Identify your weakest areas and focus on improving them. For example, if you struggle with listening comprehension, practice listening to English conversations and lectures.
  • Improve your test-taking skills: The IELTS test requires a certain level of test-taking skills, such as skimming and scanning, taking notes, and understanding the question requirements. Improve these skills to boost your score.
  • Be confident and stay calm: Being confident and staying calm during the test can help you perform better. Take deep breaths, read the questions carefully, and stay focused on the task at hand.

Remember, the key to success on the IELTS test is preparation and practice. Use these tips and suggestions to create an effective study plan and maximize your chances of success.


Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about IELTS:

What is the format of the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are completed on the same day, while the Speaking section can be completed up to seven days before or after the other sections.

What is the difference between IELTS Academic and General Training exams?

The Academic version is intended for those who want to study in an English-speaking university or academic institution, while the General Training version is designed for those who want to work or immigrate to an English-speaking country.

How long is the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes in total. The components of Listening, Reading, and Writing are performed in a single session and take a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes. The Speaking section can be completed on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other sections and takes between 11 and 14 minutes.

How is the IELTS exam scored?

The IELTS test is scored on a scale of 0-9, with 9 being the highest score. Each section is scored separately, and the overall band score is calculated by averaging the scores of the four sections.

How long are the IELTS scores valid?

The IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

How do I register for the IELTS exam?

You can register for the IELTS exam online or in person at a local test center. You will need to provide identification documents, choose a test date and location, and pay the registration fee.

What is the cost of the IELTS exam?

The cost of the IELTS exam varies by country and test center. In general, the cost ranges from around $170 to $250 USD.

How can I prepare for the IELTS exam?

You can prepare for the IELTS exam by practicing with sample tests, using study materials, improving your English language skills, and taking classes or working with a tutor.

Where can I take IELTS?

There are more than 200 test sites spread across 45 nations in the IELTS Australia network of test centres.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my IELTS exam?

Please contact the exam center where you scheduled your IELTS. You will be paid minus a processing fee if you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date. You will be charged the entire amount if you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date unless you have a medical reason. If you are unable to attend due to a serious health issue and present a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will be refunded less the local administration fee. If you are delayed due to events beyond your control (for example, a transportation strike), the test facility may offer you a test on the next available test day.

Do I take all parts of the test on the same day? Which part do I take first?

The test’s Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are always finished following one another without a break. Depending on the exam centre, you may take the Speaking test up to 7 days before or after the test date. Depending on your preference, many of our test centers will let you decide whether you want to finish the Speaking component on a different day or complete all four parts of the test on the same day. The Listening section of the test will be completed first, followed by the Reading and Writing sections.

What can I take into the examination room?

Just pencils, pens, and erasers. The passport or government-issued identification card you used to submit your IELTS application must be brought to the test. Everything else must be left outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be put away with personal belongings in the spot that the supervisor has assigned. You will not be eligible if you keep your phone or pager with you or do not turn it off.

Who sets the 'pass mark' for the IELTS test?

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own minimum IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

When will I receive my test results?

Your Test Report Form will be available to you 13 calendar days after your test date. 

How can I order more Test Report Forms if my test centre has closed since I took the test?

We can still send a copy of your Test Report Form to the organization for two years following your test if the test center where you took it has closed. Contact information can be found on our list. To get a Test Report Form, fill out an Additional TRF application form. For more information, contact your testing center. It is critical that you fill out your family and given names precisely as they appear on your identification certificate. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the form to submit it. Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document you used to take the test (after clicking the submit button on the Additional TRF application). Only institutions and organizations can receive Test Report Forms. There will be no additional copies given to students, their families, or friends. This service is free of charge.