IELTS – Eligibility – Test Pattern – Structure


IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System, which is most trusted and authorized English language program. The course is especially designed for the non- Native English speakers and is acceptable globally by many universities. IELTS test is managed by British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations to test the international standard of English Language. The system is widely accepted in the countries including New Zealand, Canada, Australia, UK and US for the communication feasibility of migrants, students and Business ventures.

Who can appear for IELTS?

Being the most secure Language Test and accepted in most of the countries, the testing is open to all the candidates from all over the world. However, if you are not having English as your native language and you fall under one of these group, its good to start with this test:

  • Students appearing for universities in US and Australia
  • Aspirants looking for job in foreign countries
  • Customers applying for VISA inside and Outside UK
  • Immigrants of New Zealand and Australia

IELTS Test Pattern

The test is conducted under two different modules based on the requirements of the candidate.

The two modules are:

  • Academic Module: This module is designed for the candidates who are enrolled with Universities and foreign institutes for higher education. Secondly this applies to professionals who are permanently placed in foreign countries.
  • General Training module: This module is designed for the non academic fellows and professionals who are temporarily placed in foreign countries for work experience, meeting or under immigration

Life Skills

This is especially designed for those who are intending to settle in European countries and UK and willing to adapt the communication and listening skills.

Exam Preparation and IELTS Structure

It is important to understand the test structure before starting IELTS preparation. The IELTS test in conducted in four steps with a total test time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The parts of tests include:

  • Listening- With the test duration of 30 minutes
  • Reading: This has the time frame of 60 minutes
  • Writing: This test covers 60 minutes
  • Speaking: This is the last part covering 11-14 minutes

The first three parts need to becompleted in one sitting, while the speaking test can be given within duration of 7 days after the three main tests. Another important point is the Listening and speaking tests are same for Academic and General Tests, while the Reading and writing varies in both modules.

Test centers and dates

As this is a global testing system, the test can be done online or can be written depending on the location selected. There are approximately 1000 centers in more than 150 countries. You can easily search for a center in your location and get the available dates, there are around 48 dates for the tests in a year.

The IELTS preparation can be done by taking help of test material available online in the form of videos, tutorials and online sites. The test scores are the total of all test components. So prepare hard and hit the scores!


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