Get Familiar With IELTS

IELTS is the most popular English proficiency test in the world and it is taken by millions every year. Writing the IELTS can provide a candidate with a lot of opportunities and it makes immigrating to an English-speaking country easier.

While applying for the IELTS is an exciting task, applicants have a lot of doubts and queries about the famous test. So, noted down below are the most frequently asked questions about IELTS. Read along and you might have all your doubts cleared!

Q1. What is IELTS?

Ans. The International English Language Test (IELTS) is a test conducted to assess the English language abilities of a candidate who wishes to study or work in an English-speaking country.

Q2. Which countries accept IELTS?

Ans. The Majority of English-speaking countries accept the IELTS application. These countries include the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, France and Australia among many other countries.

Q3. What is the IELTS test format?

Ans. The IELTS test format includes four papers – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The listening, reading and writing tests will be conducted back to back on the same day.

Q4. What are the skills judged in IELTS?

Ans. The IELTS judges the four most important English skills required for a candidate to work or study in an English-speaking country. These skills are – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Q5. What are the two types of IELTS?

Ans. The IELTS consists of two different types- IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic.

The IELTS General Training is suitable for students who want to apply for studying below graduate level and it is also suitable for candidates who aspire to get employment opportunities and work experiences.

The IELTS Academic is suitable for candidates who aspire to continue their further studies in an English-speaking country.

Q6. What is the cost of IELTS?

Ans. The IELTS fee is set differently in every country to contact an IELTS test centre to get to know more about the cost.

Q7. When can I write IELTS?

Ans. IELTS Academic is conducted 48 times a year and IELTS General Training is conducted 24 times a year. You can visit your nearest IELTS test centre to find out the test dates in your city.

Q8. How to apply for IELTS?

Ans. To apply for IELTS, search for an IELTS test centre near you. Register and submit the application form along with required documents to the test centre. Once your application is processed, you will receive a confirmation with the date and time of your test.

Q9. Is IELTS conducted in one day?

Ans. The Reading, Writing and Listening tests are conducted in one day, back to back without any break. The Speaking Test can be taken on the same day or seven days before or two days after the test date. The test arrangements depend on your local centre.

Q10. How many times can I write the IELTS?

Ans. There is no limit to rewriting the IELTS.

Q11. How is the IELTS score calculated?

Ans. IELTS uses a band score of 1 to 9 to measure the candidate's language abilities. An individual score is marked for each test (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The overall score is then calculated by the average of all four individual scores.

Q12. How long is the IELTS score valid for?

Ans. The IELTS test score is valid for two years.

Q13. What is the test time of IELTS?

Ans. The IELTS test is conducted in a time span of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The time is divided for each test – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing ( 60 minutes) and Speaking (10-15 minutes)

Q14. What IELTS score do I require?

Ans. You cannot pass or fail in IELTS. You need to get the score that is required by the organization or institution you are applying to.

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