IELTS is an International English Language Testing System. It is required to be taken by international students, professionals (including doctors, nurses, and teachers) and prospective immigrants. It is a mandatory test for some visa categories for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and U K. Organisations like CGFNS, Irish nursing and NHS accept IELTS. Now-a-days it is recognised as an alternative to TOEFL by many American universities.
It tests the complete range of English language skills, which will be encountered by the students when studying or training in the medium of English. There is an option of either academic or general training reading and writing modules. Academic is suitable for candidates planning to undertake higher education study. General training is suitable for candidates planning to take non-academic training or work experience or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is jointly managed by university of Cambridge ESOL examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules. If the candidate is planning to undertake academic study, it is recommended that the candidate sits for the academic reading and writing modules. If the candidate is planning to undertake non-academic training (immigration, work, etc), it is recommended that he sit for general training reading and writing modules.
Listening – 4 sections, 40 items, 30 minutes, (10 minutes-answer transfer time)
Reading – 3 sections, 40 items, 60 minutes General training writing – 2 tasks (letter writing – 150 words, Essay – 250 words), 60 minutes
Academic training writing – 2 tasks (graph – 150 words and Essay – 250 words), 60 minutes
Speaking – 11 to 15 minutes
The duration of the test is two days. The listening, reading and writing module tests are conducted on one day and the spoken interview is taken on some other day. It may be conducted one week earlier or one week later, depending on where the student has got registered. The IDP Australia conducts its speaking test a day earlier than its written test, and the British council on the next day of its written test or on the same day of the written test.
The results are declared online on 13th day. And the Test Report Form(Scorecard) is given on 15th day.
The test report shows overall ability, as well as performance in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Scores are given on a band scale from 1 to 9 including a score for each module of the test in addition to an overall score. Individual module scores and overall band score may be reported in half or whole bands
There is no pass or fail marks.
9: expert user; has full command of the language, appropriate accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
0: non-user; essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words
The minimum score accepted differs from country to country and University to University. However 5.5 Band Score is a must to apply in Abroad Universities.
Taking the IELTS exam has now become more convenient. Keeping the peoples urge to go abroad in mind, the IELTS examination body has done away with its previous restriction of 3 months for taking the IELTS for a second or more time. Now one can appear for the exam without any time conditions.
There is no limit to the number of times the candidate can sit for the IELTS exam
The scores are valid for 2 years
Rs. 10,400 INR/-
The candidate must contact the centre to find out the date of the next test and ask for a copy of the IELTS handbook and an application form. Fill in the application form and send it back to the test centre with the test fee. The test centre will then send the date and time of the test. .
The candidate must carry original Passport and its photocopy, Print out of the Admit Card and pencils should be carried as the test is not allowed to be taken with Pen.
If a student fails to appear on the day of the test the money will not be refunded. If the request to postpone the date or cancel the test is raised, five weeks prior to the day of test, then the application would be considered and refund would be applicable. Administrative fee of INR 2,475 would be deducted from the total amount. If the cancellation is done within five weeks from the day of test then there is no refund available.
The candidate will normally lose their full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided then the full fee is refunded minus the local administrative deduction.
IELTS is not recommended for the candidates under the age of 16.