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Great Info for IELTS

Great Info for IELTS

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IELTS Info for Students
IELTS Info for Students

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Published by: Deepak Joshi on Aug 21, 2012
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Information for candidates
IELTS, the International English Language TestingSystem
, is designed to assess the language abilityof candidates who want to study or work whereEnglish is the language of communication.IELTS is recognised by over 6,000 organisationsworldwide, including universities, employers,professional bodies, immigration authoritiesand other government agencies. For a list of organisations that accept IELTS scores, visit
Accessible and convenient
IELTS is offered up to four times a month in morethan 125 countries. Tests are usually on Saturdays or Thursdays. To find out test dates in your area, pleasecontact your nearest IELTS test centre. A list of all IELTStest centres worldwide is available at
The international test
IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, a range of native-speaker accents (NorthAmerican, Australian, New Zealand, and British) isused in the Listening test, and all standard varietiesof English are accepted in candidates’ responses inall parts of the test.
The test that’s tried and trusted
IELTS has been developed by some of the world’sleading experts in language assessment, and issupported by an extensive programme of research,validation and test development.
The level of the test
IELTS is designed to assess English language skillsat all levels.There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS.Results are reported as band scores on a scalefrom 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).
Preparing to take IELTS
Make sure you are ready 
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the formatof the test as outlined in this booklet. Further information on the content of the test can be foundat
You may find it helpful to do a practice test.
Official IELTS Practice Materials
may be purchased fromtest centres or online at
These materials include a full practice testwith answers, and sample Writing and Speakingperformances with examiner comments.More samples of IELTS test material and informationabout the test are available from the followingwebsites:
www.ielts.orgwww.britishcouncil.org/learning-ielts.htmwww.cambridgeesol.org/exams/academic-english/ ielts.html www.idp.com/examinations/ielts/about_the_test.aspx www.ieltsusa.org
You don’t have to attend a preparation course,but many candidates find that doing so helpsthem improve their performance. If you would likeassistance with test preparation, IELTS centres andlanguage schools around the world offer IELTSpreparation courses.
Know the IELTS rules and regulations
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the IELTSrules and regulations. These are laid out in the
Notice to Candidates
which is included with theapplication form. When you sign the applicationform declaration, you are confirming that youhave read and understood the IELTS rules andregulations and agree to abide by them.
Register as soon as possible
When you feel you are ready to take the test, youneed to register with your nearest IELTS centre.Contact the centre as soon as possible, as thenumber of candidates who can take the test on aparticular date may be limited. You will need to paythe test fee when you register.
The test that opens doors around the world
The IELTS Band Score Scale
9Expert use8Very good use7Good use6Competent use5Modest use4Limited use3Extremely limited use2Intermittent use1Non use0Did not attempt the test
Test results
The Test Report Form
You will receive a Test Report Form which reports ascore for each of the four skills (listening, reading,writing and speaking), as well as an overall bandscore. Half band scores may be awarded to indicatea strong performance within a particular band.You can find more information on score processingand score interpretation at
Results are issued 13 days after the test. At sometest centres candidates may collect their resultson the 13th day; at others, results are mailed onthe 13th day. Test centres are not permitted to giveresults over the phone or by fax or email.You will receive only one copy of the Test ReportForm. It’s important that you keep it safe asreplacement Test Report Forms cannot be issued.Test centres will send copies of the Test Report Formto up to five recognising organisations free of charge.
Test Report Form validity 
Recognising organisations will not usually accepta Test Report Form that is more than two years oldunless you provide evidence that you have activelymaintained or tried to improve your English sincetaking the test. The IELTS Test Partners cannotconfirm the validity of test results that are more thantwo years old.
Test format
There are two modules to choose from – Academicand General Training.Each recognising organisation sets its own entryrequirements. In some cases both modules may beaccepted. If you are in doubt as to which moduleto take, you should contact the organisation you areapplying to in order to check their requirements.Both modules cover all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Everyonetakes the same Listening and Speaking tests. Thereare different Reading and Writing tests for theAcademic and General Training modules.The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must becompleted on the same day. There are no breaksbetween the three written tests. The Speaking testmay be taken up to seven days before or after theother three tests.
The Academic module is for candidateswishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seekingprofessional registrationThe General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, NewZealand, UK), and for those wishing to trainor study at below degree level
ListeningAcademic ReadingGeneral TrainingReadingAcademic WritingGeneral TrainingWritingSpeaking

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