The International English language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is mandatory to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of tutoring is English. IELTS is accepted by Universities in UK, UK, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. .
The IELTS tests for all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The composition of the IELTS is as follows:
|Section||Time Allocated(in minutes)||Scoring Scale||Description|
|Reading||60||0-9||Reading has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.|
|Listening||40||0-9||Listening has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). Each item is worth one mark.|
|Writing||60||0-9||It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and|
IELTS is conducted in India by IDP and British Council. For detailed information about IELTS, please refer to the official website of IELTS i.e. www.ielts.org
IELTS Exam Dates
IDP: Click here for dates. IELTS scholarship for Indian students IDP: Click here to know about IELTS™ scholarships for Indian students. What is the scoring scale for the IELTS?
Scoring is between 0 (Minimum) and 9 (Maximum) with 0.5 band increment. Four scores are reported on the IELTS:
- Reading score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Listening score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Writing score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
- Speaking score reported on a 0-9 band scale, with 0.5 band increment
Q) What is the cost/registration fee for IELTS?
A) The registration fee for IELTS is INR 9900.
Q) How do I register for the IELTS?
A) You can register online or in person at IDP or British Council. The detailed information about registering for the IELTS can be found at http://www.idp.organd www.britishcouncil.org You can also contact the center manager
Q) How many times in a year is the IELTS exam held?
A) IELTS is offered on specific days of the year. One can access the whole schedule which can vary depending on the city by following the given link www.ielts.org
Q) How many times can I take the IELTS?
A) IELTS can be taken unlimited number of times.(It is highly advisable not to appear for IELTS too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature).
Q) What is the validity of the IELTS™ exam?
A) Your IELTS score will be valid for 2 years after from the date the test was taken.
Q) How soon do I get my score?
A) The scores are available 13 days after the exam date.
Q) How do I pass on my score to the college?
A) You may request for additional Test Report Form (TRF) to be dispatched directly by the test centre to the recognizing institution / body. There is NO CHARGE for the additional TRF, but the candidate will have to pay a dispatch charge of Rs. 1,000/- if the candidate wishes to order dispatch by Courier or Rs. 250/- if the dispatch is by Registered Post.
Q) If I take the IELTS more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
A) Almost all the universities take the best score.
Q) Do I need to have the IELTS score at the time of applying to universities?
A) No, you do not need to have the IELTS score with you at the time of applying.
Q) Do US schools accept the IELTS™ score?
A) US schools have started accepting IELTS score. More than 550 US schools accept IELTS score. The complete list of US schools accepting IELTS™ is available at http://www.ielts.org/docs/IELTS%20US%20Recognition%20List_November%202014.xlsx