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What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS exam is designed to assess
the readiness of candidates to study or train in further or higher education courses held in English at
college or university. IELTS provides a profile of a candidate's English proficiency. The profile
contains not only an indication of a candidate's ability in a particular module but also an indication of
overall ability.
Who owns the IELTS test?

IELTS is owned and administered by the following organizations:
University of Cambridge ESOL Exams, The British Council, IDP Education Australia & IELTS
Australia. These organizations set the exam standard, maintain the IELTS exam, monitor the standard,
review and change the exam format and everything related to the IELTS exam.

What is the purpose of the IELTS ?

The purpose of the IELTS exam is to test the candidates' ability of handling English language who
want to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication. IELTS result is
also necessary for the immigration purposes.

Each year millions of people take the IELTS exam to achieve a score that would prove their English
language proficiency. IELTS is one of the most widely accepted international exams. IELTS exam is
available for students and immigration applicants to demonstrate their English language proficiency
for specific purposes.

Not necessarily you will get admission to a foreign country or get visa to live there because of your
IELTS score. But the college/ University you are going to apply or the immigrant authority would ask
for an accepted proof of your English skill and your IELTS score your serve the purpose.

What are the two types of IELTS ?

IELTS test is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.

» Academic Module is suitable for those who are going to apply for further studies and professional
registration. If you are planning to get admitted in undergraduate or post graduate course at a college
or university where English is necessary, you should take the Academic IELTS test. In fact your
university would ask your academic IELTS score and the General Training IELTS score might not be
accepted for this purpose.

» General Training Module is appropriate for those who are going to English-speaking countries to
complete work experience and training programs or for immigration purposes. General training IELTS
tests the candidates communication skills which is needed for people who is not a English speaker and
want to migrate to a country where English is the language of communication.

The university or the immigration authority who will be receiving your papers can tell you in prior
which form of IELTS you are required to complete. So, if you have any confusion, contacting the
corresponding authority would be the best thing to do.

Should I take IELTS Academic or GT Module exam ?

Before you register we strongly advise you to check directly with the institution you are doing the test for. undertake non-academic training or for immigration purposes. understanding themes of reading are necessary. but Reading and Writing tests vary depending on whether a candidate is taking the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test. What are the 4 sections of IELTS ? There are 4 sections or modules in IELTS: Reading. What are the differences between Academic and GT version of IELTS? The Academic Version of IELTS is designed and therefore intended for those who want to get themselves admitted in universities or any other higher educational institutes for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and for professionals who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country. applications as well as essay writing ability. It is advisable to contact to the appropriate authority who would be processing your papers (admission/ training or immigration) to be sure which version if IELTS you are required to sit. If you have an academic IELTS score that would be usually accepted for immigration or training purposes as well. basic reading ability. undergo practical vocational training. It is your responsibility to choose the module that suits your purpose. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. The General Training (GT) IELTS is intended for those who are willing to gain work experience. Writing.The IELTS Academic Module exam is intended for those who want to study in an English-speaking country or where the medium of communication is English. Consider the fact that. coherence and relevancy etc. For general training or immigration purposes you would require the General Training IELTS score. The reading and writing sections differ. as well as for medical professionals who want to practice abroad. The IELTS General Module exam is for those who want to emigrate to Australia. the academic candidates need to write a report or summary from a given chart. are tested in writing task two (essay writing). But GT IELTS score might not be accepted by the college/ university authority where you are planning to complete your undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The General Training Reading module tests candidates' ability to find specific instructions or information from reading materials which are generally found in everyday life. . For academic IELTS candidates the reading passages are longer and are generally related to academic reading. In writing part. Canada or New Zealand. you need an academic IELTS score (as the name implies) to get admitted in an academic (be it a college or university). or do a work placement. The reading passages are generally of academic interests and are designed to test how well the candidates would be able to conduct their academic reading where skimming and finding information. The General Training Writing examines the test takers skill on writing letters. On the contrary the GT readings are designed to test the general instruction. writing pattern. graph or diagram whereas the General Training candidates need to write an application on real life issues. The Academic Writing tests candidates' ability to write summary of a given illustration and the ability to write essay on several issues. The presentation. logic. Listening and Speaking. The Academic Reading test examines the candidates' ability to read and extract specific information from the reading materials. The listening and speaking sections are exactly same both for the academic and General training IELTS candidates.

talk about known issues. IELTS score is accepted as a proof of your English proficiency. The Speaking part tests the candidates ability to introduce themselves. essay writing is same both for the academic and GT test takers. to take the IELTS test a candidate must be 16 years old or over. IELTS is a test that demonstrates a candidate's English proficiency and this exam and its score is accepted worldwide wherever you need to show a proof of your English skill. you can expect to finish the speaking module in 15-20 minutes. giving details of their background. The speaking part usually lasts for 15 minutes but there is no fixed time limit for the interview or speaking section. For how long the IELTS test result is valid? Generally a Test Report Form (TRF) or IELTS result is valid for 2 years. The fees may vary depending on the countries and IELTS centers. writing and listening sections are fixed but for the speaking section that may vary. the UK and New Zealand. What can I do if I am not satisfied with my results? You might apply for an inquiry on results (EoR) procedure within six weeks from the date you took the IELTS exam. The Listening part test examinees' ability to understand the language and then recall the information heard. How much does it cost to take IELTS? . Many international immigration services also use the IELTS as well as various professional organizations including the British and Australian Medical Councils and the UK Ministry of Defence. using a prescribed form by the IELTS authority if you are dissatisfied with the result you got. But usually you should consider your IELTS score valid for 2 years and if your IELTS Report Form is older than 2 years. What is the minimum age requirement for IELTS? IELTS is recommended for candidates over the age of 16. Reading and Writing sections each one takes 1 hour. These include the majority of all education establishments operating in English in Australia. Simply consider the fact that. The application for re-examining the score needs you to fill the form which must be paid prior to the processing of the appeal. However there are other factors to determine the validity period. In other word.e. How long does the IELTS exam take? The IELTS examination takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. In most of the countries where university courses are offered in English or people speak English to communicate. Then your result will be re-examined and if necessary will be corrected. discussing in details about general. Canada. you should consider sitting for the exam again to get another TRF form to send to your University or immigration authority. Many European countries where English in not the first or even second language would ask for IELTS to get admitted in a university or college that offers courses in English.Note that the writing task two i. The time schedules for the reading. fluency and overall speaking skill. social and international issues of common interest. The listening test takes 30 minutes. Which countries accept the IELTS Score ? IELTS is accepted as the standard international test system for English language proficiency by a whole range of institutions. US educational institutions are also now starting to use it. the vocabulary.

there are some special circumstances under which your application may be considered with some conditions. On an average the cost is approximately 290TND. there are few differences as well. Acceptance of your form is subject to approval by the test center and if you can't give a strong reason with supporting papers you won't get any refund. idp or ESOL Examination office somewhere in your locality. What is the pass/ fail mark in IELTS? In IELTS exam there is no pass or fail.ielts. To find the complete list click in « IELTS CENTERS ». please visit www. you will be treated as a 'No Show' candidate by the IELTS exam authority. If you attend the IELTS exam and compete it. you will be given report of the result that would include individual band score of the four module as well as the Average band score. Fees may vary depending on the countries and test centers. But in practice. and sets the standard in integrity. research and innovation and that's why candidates from all around the globe are taking this exam. IELTS results are prepared on a nine-band scale. it will show all of the IELTS test centers around your locality. However there are still some institutes and universities those want a TOEFL score and do not accept IELTS. double check with your university or immigration authority before sitting for an exam. However. Reading. Currently there are more than 900 test centers present in 130 different countries. IELTS tests are pre-scheduled and you won't get an alternative exam schedule if you miss your exam. It is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world. There are some unavoidable reasons that might hinder you to take part in the exams and If you fail to appear for the IELTS test. most of the To be on safe side. But recently USA agreed to recognize IELTS and accept either IELTS or TOEFL for admission purposes and hence they will accept both the exams. you can get details from there. . Can IELTS be an alternative to TOEFL? The answer is YES and NO. This band score would reflect your skill and ability of handling English language. It is commonly known that USA universities prefer TOEFL score whereas European and other universities accept both. If you have seen a British Council. If they have any strict requirement for TOEFL. universities and immigration authorities accept both of these exams. Both the IELTS and TOEFL are designed to evaluate the test takers English skill for academic and communication purposes. IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills i. In addition to the score for overall language ability. No refunds will be possible for a 'no shows' candidate. In which Countries IELTS exam is taken? The IELTS test is taken every year across 130 countries and the number is rapidly growing. It is not far away when all of the countries of the world would have IELTS test centers. Selct your country name and the city you live in. What happens if I'm unable to appear for the IELTS test? Don't take the IELTS exam like one of your class tests where you can contact your course teacher or administrative officer and sit for the exam at an alternative schedule.e. your IELTS score won’t be accepted. Where are the IELTS test centers? IELTS test centers can be found in almost all of the countries including yours. Writing and speaking. Listening.The cost of the IELTS exam is not fixed. Though the exam formats of these two exams are similar. For an updated list of the universities those accept IELTS. It is set by test centers. You can take either TOEFL or IELTS if the college or university you are going to apply accepts either one.

You need to submit your questions papers along with your answer sheet. However the questions may vary depending on the test locations or centers. etc.Can a native English speaker take the IELTS exam? Yes. After the exam you are not allowed to take the exam papers with you.. However. Hearing difficulties. a native examiner would be hard to convince in speaking exam . a candidate who speaks English as the primary language can sit for the IELTS exam. At some centers candidates may collect their results on the 13th day from the test centers or it is mailed to candidates on the 13th day. Contact to the university or college you are going to get admitted or contact to the immigration office to be sure if you need this test to prove your English skill or not. The examiner will not see your question papers. You can take notes like a date. The IELTS test centers can make arrangements to accommodate special circumstances or requirements to enable test takers to attend a test centre. and to understand questions and tasks and give their Can I make some notes on the Listening & Reading question paper? Yes you can. You can check your IELTS result online from https://results. But don't bother about these misconceptions and strictly focus on your exam preparation. Generally some special circumstances are considered like: Visual difficulties. In some countries the result is sent via SMS to the number the candidate has given while registering for the test. You are likely to get a different question set for a different geographic location but the standard of the questions. There is no restriction imposed on that. Is there any special consideration in IELTS exam for the disabled candidates? IELTS aims to assess the English language communication skills of all test takers fairly and objectively.ielts. Like all other standard exam centres there might be some limitations on the facilities offered. DO NOT write or mark on the answer sheet. There are some misconceptions that certain test centers' exams are easy compared to others. When will I get my IELTS result? The IELTS test center will produce the result after 13 calendar days of the test. . Most candidates now collect their IELTS result from the internet. Test centers require three months’ notice to put special arrangements in place. If you are a native English speaker and studied your previous degrees from institutions where English was used as part of the academic practice. Does the IELTS test differ in various parts of the world? IELTS is a global standard test. a place name or other important keywords that might help you answering your listening or reading exams questions. But the IELTS authority strictly maintains the standard and questions format in all location. you can be exempted to supply the IETLS score to the intended university/ college or in immigration offices. test centers do not give results to the candidates over the phone or by fax or e-mail. Illness. Be careful about what you write on the questions papers. test and evaluation would be same.. However. It does not assess candidates from different geographical location differently. Special consideration may be given to test takers who report their illness on the day of the test. If you are genuinely ill on the day of the exam or during the test you should let the test supervisor know.

you can sit for the IELTS exam once again at your convenient. you can take the IELTS exam as many times as you want. You won't be given any extra time in IELTS exam. So you can take the IELTS exam whenever you wish. IELTS questions. will normally lose the full test fee unless he/she is provides appropriate medical evidence to the center to explain the absence. but this is no longer applicable and you can sit for your IELTS exam as many times as you want. This information will not appear on the Test Report Form (TRF) and will only be used for monitoring purposes. Even if you have got a decent band score and the score has its validity. No consideration or favour is possible if it is not brought to the attention of the test supervisor. Can I get a better score at an IELTS test center than at others? Absolutely NOT! IELTS officials use many means to ensure standardization of Band Scores throughout the world. Then the test center will take special care about the situation and might give special consideration. it could be true that taking IELTS in an English speaking country is beneficial.Can I take the IELTS exam more than once? Yes. Can I leave the Exam room during my IELTS exam ? No. your previous IELTS score will not affect your new IELTS score. How soon can I repeat the IELTS test? From May 1. 2006 the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. S/he will not get any result and if s/he was absent without giving prior notice. and you expect to get a higher score. . Few years back there was a restriction on sitting for the exam second time within a prescribed duration. just explain it to your test supervisor. Your score would be given as if you are sitting for the IELTS first time. According to this new policy a candidate can re-take exam anytime s/he likes. tests and result standards are strictly maintained all over the world. if there is an emergency or special circumstance when you have to go out. Of course. You do not need to bother about your previous score if you are sitting for the IELTS a second time. You should be prepared not to leave the exam room during the test. In your Report Form (result). What happens if a candidate is absent on the IELTS test date? If a candidate is absent on the day of the IELTS test s/he will be treated as a 'No Show' candidate. However. The time is very crucial in your test. you will still be asked to indicate on your application form whether you have taken the IELTS test before or not. Each exam would require you to register for it and there is no waiver if you have taken the exam previously. but only because you are being exposed to English every day not because taking test there would give you any privilege regarding the exam. you should report it to the test supervisor immediately. Please note that. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates are able to repeat the test whenever they wish. previous score won't be mentioned. Medical evidence must be provided within 5 days of the test. What if I become ill during the IELTS test? If you get seriously ill during the test. you are not permitted to leave the test room during the examination in normal circumstances. Will my previous IELTS score affect my new score? No.

Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. You must leave anything which you do not need. you will be disqualified. Candidates must have a valid passport or accepted identity card like Social Security Card. 8 Very Good User . driving licenses and student identity cards are not acceptable forms of identification for the IELTS registration and test. You should not expect any refund from the test center but notifying would save you from marked as a No Show Candidate. If the reason is strong enough and you are able to provide appropriate papers. pencils and erasers. The ID document specified on the application form has to be brought along on the test day. Candidates are allowed to bring a clear bottle of water into examination room. Correction fluid must not be used. as you cannot get another copy. How IELTS is scored ? IELTS results are prepared on a nine-band scale. National ID card to register for the IELTS exam. The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows: 9 Expert User Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate. or which is not allowed. the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date. What can the candidate bring into the examination room? Only passport. the test authority might return you a partial refund. How many copies of my test result am I entitled to have? Candidates are only permitted to have one copy of their Test Report Form.Can I use a driving license/student ID card as a proof of my identity? NO. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. either outside the examination room. If a university or institution such as DIAC require a copy of your IELTS test result we can send it directly on your behalf. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or keep it on you. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. Is the IELTS test completed in one day? The Listening. What can I bring into the examination room? Only pens. Writing and Speaking). or as instructed by the supervisor. accurate and fluent with complete understanding. Depending on the test centre. You must leave everything else outside the examination room. you'll normally be charged the full fee. Each Overall Band Score corresponds to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate classified at that level. What can I do if I wants to postpone or cancel my application? If you request a postponement or cancellation of your IELTS test within 5 weeks of the test date. pencils and erasers. IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills (Listening. These scores are also reported on a nine-band scale. In addition to the score for overall language ability. What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond my control (eg a transport strike)? The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date. Reading. medical evidence to support your request within 5 days of the test date. Please take care of it. pens.

coping with overall meaning in most situations. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English. The candidate should be able to handle communication in his or her own field. 5 Modest User Has a partial command of the language. Can use and understand fairly complex language. though is likely to make many mistakes. 6 Competent User Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies. 7 Good User Has operational command of the language. 3 Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. inappropriates and misunderstandings. though with occasional inaccuracies. particularly in familiar situations. 2 Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. 1 Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and in appropriates. 4 Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. 0 Did not Attempt The test No accessible information provided. Handles complex detailed argumentation well. . Has frequent problems in using complex language. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.