The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the worlds most popular
English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with
3.5 million tests taken in the past year.
IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations worldwide. These include
universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge
Assessment English. International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test
materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test
writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it
reflects real-life situations.
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional
registration in an English-speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of
academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or
training.The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English
speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It
is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.The
test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the
Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.
The IELTS test has four sections Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes),
Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11-14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours
and 45 minutes. You’ll take the first three parts of the test on the same day, in
the following order: Listening, Reading and Writing (there are no breaks between
these tests). Your Speaking test will be held either on the same day or seven days
before or two days after, depending on local arrangements.
IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year up to four times a month, depending on
IELTS has a set fee for its test. The Academic and General Training tests are the
same cost. When you apply online, you will be told the fee.
If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date,
you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel
within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a
medical reason. If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date,
you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
If you are absent on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee.
However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you
will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the passport/national identity card
you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else
outside the examination room. Mobile phones, pagers and electronic devices of any
kind must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated
by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or any other electronic
devices, or keep it on you, you will be disqualified. Personal watches are not
allowed in the test room.
You will take the Listening test first, followed by the Reading and Writing tests
(there are no breaks between these tests). Your Speaking test will be held either on
the same day or seven days before or two days after that, depending on local
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of