IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
IELTS Score Format
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence.
Here Band 9: Expert user and Band 1: Non-user and the rest Bands fall in between the two extremes. Whereas, Band 0 means: did not attempt the test.
IELTS Test Format
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
You can register for IELTS in any of the following ways:
Register in person at your nearest British Council office.
Register by post / courier.
Send your complete IELTS Application Form by post/ courier to your nearest British Council office. The application will be processed upon receipt and your seat will be allocated subject to availability. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED If you register online in addition to other requirements, you will also need to bring: two passport sized colour photographs (not older than six months) a photocopy of your valid passport If you are registering in person or by post / courier, you need: a completed and signed application form two passport sized colour photographs (not older than six months) a photocopy of your valid passport.
IELTS fee is INR 7200.