IELTS - International English Language Testing System

What is IELTS

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It is an internationally standardised test of English language proficiency for non- native English language speakers, jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.. Every candidate aspiring to study or work in an English speaking country must appear for this test and score the required bands for successful completion of his profile. An aspirant can choose to appear with the aforementioned institutions.

Modules of IELTS :

  • The IELTS exam arrangement comprises of four modules that is Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • The time duration for Listening, Reading and the Writing module is approximately Two hours and forty minutes however, the Speaking Test is scheduled, before or after “Listening, Reading and Writing” test. The candidates are judged on defined criterion for the aforementioned language skills
  • A variety of accents are used in the test in order to minimise linguistic bias. The accents in the listening section are generally 80%  British, Australian, New Zealander and 20% others (mostly American).
  • Band scores are used for each language sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). The Band Scale ranges from 0 (“Did not attempt the test”) to 9 (“Expert User”).

There are two versions of the IELTS test- Academic and General Training .

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic assesses English language knowledge  for people who plan to study in higher educational institutes or seeking professional registration. There are 89 universities in Canada only and over 9000 institutes across the globe that accept IELTS score.

Few key points :

  • The Listening and Speaking modules for both the tests are exactly the same.
  • The Reading module in IELTS Academic is slightly different from the one in IELTS General Training.  This includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.  They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
  • The Writing module for IELTS Academic includes the following tasks:

Task 1 – Presentation of  graph, table, chart or diagram

Task 2 – Essay Writing on topics of general interest for test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

  • A band score of 6.5 band not less than 6 in each module is required to qualify for undergraduate and postgraduate program.
  • The higher you score in each module, the better are the opportunities to study in esteemed universities globally.


IELTS General

The IELTS General Training exam measures English language proficiency in practical everyday context. It is designed for people who wish to migrate to an English speaking country. The tasks in the test reflect an aspirant’s response at both workplace and social situations.

Few key points :

  • The Listening and Speaking modules for both the tests are exactly the same.
  • The Reading module for this test includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
  • The Writing module for IELTS General Training includes the following tasks:

Task 1 – Writing a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2 – Essay writing in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

  • IELTS score is mandatory for PR, and there is no way around it. For instance, a minimum of 8 bands in Listening and 7 bands in all other modules is required to apply for Canadian PR.



Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017


Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017