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Does IELTS have different versions?

There are two versions of the IELTS tests:

  •  Academic- Candidates who wish to go abroad to study have to take IELTS Academic test.

  •  General- Candidates who wish to go abroad to work or retire have to take IELTS General test.

How is IELTS scored?

IELTS assesses a candidate on the four basic linguistic skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of these skills are scored out of 9 bands, and your final score will be the rounded off average of these four scores.

Is IELTS a paper based exam or a computer delivered exam?

Originally, IELTS was launched as a paper based test. But now, in many countries, Computer Delivered IELTS is also available for both Academic and General test takers.

Paper Delivered IELTS

Computer Delivered IELTS

The Listening Reading and Writing tests are conducted on/using paper and pencil/pen on the same day and in a single session.

The Listening Reading and Writing tests are conducted on/using paper and pencil/pen on the same day and in a single session.

The Speaking session will be conducted face-to-face with a human examiner.

The Speaking session will be conducted face-to-face with a human examiner.

Result in 13 days.

Result in 5-7 days.

Conducted 3-4 times in a month.

Usually conducted on more than 20 days a month with multiple slots.

Some more IELTS facts

  • The Listening, Reading and Writing (LRW) tests are conducted on the same day, and the Speaking test is usually conducted two days before or after the LRW test.

  • IELTS is available at more than 1,200 locations all over the world.

  • Most of the educational institutions and organizations in Australia, Canada, USA and Britain accept the IELTS score.

  • In 2018, over 3 million candidates took the IELTS test globally.

  • An individual can attempt for the test multiple times if he/she is not satisfied with the score. Also, there is no rule that the next attempt has to be made after a given period of time. They can re-take it whenever they wish to. Furthermore, during the application, the best score out of all the tests can be submitted, that is, the average score is not calculated.

  • The test score is Valid for 2 years.

Booking a Test Date (For Indian Candidates)

To register for the IELTS test, the candidate can log onto the website of either British Council or IDP: Australia.

1. Go to either of the registration portals.

2. Click on take a test/ book a test.

3. Select the test date, type, mode (Paper or Computer) and city.

4. Fill in all the personal details according to the passport.

5. Upload the verification document at the time of online registration.(optional)

6. Verify the details filled in

7. Make payment

  • Online mode: pay with net banking, debit or credit card.

  • Offline mode: pay the cash at ICICI bank. (For Indian Candidates)

8. The registration is complete.

9. The Candidate will receive an acknowledgement email and an SMS at the ID submitted during the time of registration.

How to make offline payment

1. Download the fees challan from the registration portal

2. Fill in the details

3. Remit cash at ICICI bank.

4. Upload the Candidate’s copy of the challan at the “Upload documents” tab in the candidate’s area

IELTS Test Format

  • A candidate attempts for either IELTS Academic or General depending on the status of  their application. Students aspiring for higher studies have to appear for IELTS Academic whereas professionals opting for Permanent Residency or employment have to undertake IELTS General.

  • The three skills, Listening, Reading and Writing (LRW) are tested on the same day in a straight 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours session. The speaking test is usually scheduled on any day during the week before or after the LRW test and lasts for about 11-14 minutes.

  • On the LRW exam day, the test is conducted in the following order according to the mode opted for:

Paper / Computer
IELTS Listening
IELTS Reading
IELTS Writing
IELTS Speaking
Paper / Computer

Paper Delivered IELTS

Computer Delivered IELTS

Listening: Approx. 30 minutes audio track play time + 10 minutes to transfer the answers from the question booklet to the answer sheet.

Listening: Approx. 30 minutes audio track play time + 2 minutes to review.

Reading: 1 hour

Reading: 1 hour

Writing: 1 hour , responses to be written using pen/pencil.

Writing: 1 hour, responses to be typed on screen.

Speaking: Face-to face session with human examiner. 11-14 minutes.

Speaking: Face-to face session with human examiner. 11-14 minutes.

IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening

  • IELTS Listening test is common for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

  • On the test day, test begins with the Listening module first.

  1. IELTS Listening is a 40* minutes test. In this test, an audio with 4 sections of 30 minutes total will be played and while listening to it, the candidate is required to solve the questions and write the answers in the question paper simultaneously as it will not be played again i.e. the recording is played only once.

  2. The remaining 10** minutes are given for transferring the answers from the question paper to the given listening answer sheet.

  3. Answers should be written with a pencil.

  4. A total of 40 questions are equally divided between four sections. The questions of the section gradually becomes more difficult, section 4 being the toughest.

  5. Certain amount of time is provided to read the questions before you listen and to check the answers before moving onto next set of questions or section.

  6. In the listening audio, candidates will come across speakers with different accents – British, Australian, Irish, Asian, Canadian and American.


  • * For Paper Delivered format. In case of computer delivered format, the total time is usually 32-35 minutes.

  • ** For Paper Delivered format. In case of computer delivered format, only 2 minutes are given in order to review the test.

IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

IELTS Reading is a one hour test. A total of 40 questions are divided into three reading comprehensions, with each containing 12-14 questions.

Whereas in IELTS General the questions are related to advertisements, notices, employment contracts, i.e. extraction from newspapers, magazines, travel brochures etc.

IELTS Academic has questions based on extracts from academic journals, textbooks etc.

In IELTS reading, there are 12 different types of question.

IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing

  • IELTS Writing is a one hour test. The test is divided into two tasks, Task 1 and Task 2.

  • IELTS Academic and General have both Task 1 and Task 2. Task 2 is same for both Academic and General whereas Academic task 1 is report writing and General Task 1 is letter writing.

  • Task 2 has double weightage of Task 1 in the final writing score for both Academic and General Modules.


IELTS Writing Task 1 (Recommended Time: 20 minutes)

Question types :

  • Bar Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Line graph
  • Table
  • Flow chart/Process Chart
  • Formal Letter
  • Semi-formal Letter
  • Informal Letter

 

Task requirement :

  • Summarize the information in the pictorial chart
  • Minimum 150 words to be written
  • Writing a letter requesting information or explaining the situation.
  • Minimum 150 words to be written

IELTS Writing Task 2: Essay writing (Recommended Time: 40 minutes)

In both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, Task 2 wants the candidates to state a position or provide reasons for a question. Ideas provided should be supported by relevant evidence, and examples should be drawn from one’s experience or knowledge.

Task duration: 40 minutes

Task question type :

  • Opinion (Agree or Disagree)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages.
  • Problem and Solution.
  • Discussion (Discuss both view)
  • Two-part Question.

Task requirement: Minimum 250 words to be written.

IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking

  • IELTS Speaking test is common for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

  • IELTS Speaking is conducted for about 11-14 minutes. The test will be conducted by a certified IELTS examiner. This will be a one on one test.

  • It will be conducted either two to three day prior or after the LRW test date.

  • In IELTS Speaking, there are 3 parts.


Part 1 – Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)

The examiner will introduce him or herself and ask you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner will ask you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests. This section should help you relax and talk naturally.


Part 2 – Individual Long Turn (Cue Card) (3 minutes)

Cue card is a task card that contains a general topic along with points that need to be covered.

A cue card will be given to the candidate, he/she will be given one minute to prepare. Later the examiner will time them and the candidate needs to talk on the topic for 1-2 minutes until stopped by the examiner.


Part 3 – Two Way Discussion (4-5 minutes)

In this section, the examiner will ask further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions are designed to give the candidate an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas

IELTS Band Descriptors

  • IELTS test has band descriptors, which state the proficiency level of the test takers. In simpler words, it helps in determining whether the candidate is an expert user, intermediate or beginner in the English Language.  Usually, it is provided for the Writing and Speaking tests.

  • A Band descriptor is divided into 9 levels along with the four components by which an examiner judges if the candidate has accomplished the set of requirements described in it.

  • This is crucial and helpful for the candidates because it will enable them to know what the examiners are looking for in their answers which in turn avoids losing any score.

Writing Task 1
Writing Task 2
Speaking Test Band Descriptors
Writing Task 1

Writing Test Band Descriptors - Writing Task 1

In IELTS Writing task 1, the candidate is judged on the following 4 parameters


Task Achievement: This is concerned with how well the candidate has addressed all parts of the task. In the Academic Module, this means whether the candidate has presented a clear overview of the main trends, differences or stages. Whereas in the General Module, it is tested whether the candidate has maintained the level of formality and clearly expressed the reasons for writing the letter.

Coherence and Cohesion: This is concerned with how well the candidate has organized the information and ideas, whether a clear central topic within each paragraph is presented along with the use of a range of cohesive terms/devices.

Lexical Resource: This is concerned with whether the candidate has used sufficient vocabulary to allow flexibility and explain contexts better and also checks for spelling errors.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: This is concerned with the grammar range, sentence complexity and punctuations that the candidate has used.

Click on the below link to view public version of IELTS Writing Task 1 band descriptors:

IELTS Writing Task 1: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/IELTS_task_1_Writing_band_descriptors.pdf

Writing Task 2

Writing Test Band Descriptors - Writing Task 2

In IELTS Writing task 2, the candidate is judged on the following 4 parameters


Task Response: This is concerned with how well the candidate has addressed all parts of the task, and whether he/she has taken a clear position throughout the task.

Coherence and Cohesion: This is concerned with how well the candidate has organized the information and ideas, whether a clear central topic within each paragraph is presented along with the use of a range of cohesive terms/devices.

Lexical Resource: This is concerned with whether the candidate has used sufficient vocabulary to allow flexibility and explain contexts better and also checks for spelling errors.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: This is concerned with the grammar range, sentence complexity and punctuations that the candidate has used.

Click on the below link to view public version of IELTS Writing Task 2 band descriptors:

IELTS Writing Task 2: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/IELTS_task_2_Writing_band_descriptors.pdf

Speaking Test Band Descriptors

Speaking Test Band Descriptors

There are 4 parts to the speaking band descriptors


Fluency and Coherence: This is concerned with your rate of speech, and whether you can speak continuously without stopping much. This parameter is also concerned with how well you have expressed your ideas or how well your ideas were connected to make sense.

Lexical Resource: This is about the range and accuracy of your language, how well do you choose and speak words to clearly express the context of what you are saying. Use of alternative words to get around the gaps in your language is also tested.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: This parameter checks whether you range of language/sentence structures and also how accurate is your grammar. The impact of the grammatical errors you make on the overall conversation/communication is also tested

Pronunciation: This is concerned with how well do you pronounce different words, and whether your speech is well understood by the examiner or not.

Use the below link to view public version of IELTS Speaking band descriptors:

IELTS Speaking: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/IELTS_Speaking_band_descriptors.pdf

IELTS Test Result

The test report is available online to the test takers 13 to 15 days after their LRW test in case of paper delivered IELTS. For Computer delivered IELTS, the result is available in 5-7 days from the date of LRW exam.

The report will have the following mentioned details:

  • The test taker’s picture, nationality, date of birth and their first language.

  • Whether they appeared for the IELTS Academic OR General Training.

  • Individual band score for each section of the test – listening, reading, writing and speaking (from 0-9).

  • An overall band score (from 0-9).

 

Following is a sample IELTS Test Result (Score Card)

IELTS Regular Batch

Our regular batch provides College/School goers and working professionals’ opportunities to attend lectures at flexible timings. The one module-a-day course gives candidates enough time to understand the concepts better and polish their English language skills as per the IELTS standards. Also included in the fee is an online study package with lots of Lessons, videos, sectional tests, mock tests and Live Classes.

Batch Features and Offerings

 

  • Collaborative learning
  • Exhaustive study material
  • Best course structure
  • Doubt clearing sessions
  • 5 Paper Delivered & 2 Computer Delivered Full Length Tests
  • Suitable for preparation and intensive level
  • Flexible schedule
  • 6 Months’ Classroom and 3 Months Live Classes
  • Test booking assistance
  • Expert guidance
  • Continuous evaluation

 

Classroom Batch Timings:

Trident H.O Batch Timings (Mon-Fri)

07:30 AM – 09:00 AM (Academic and General)

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Academic and General)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Academic and General)

01:00 PM – 02:30 PM (Academic Only)

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM (Academic Only)

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM (Academic)

 

Earth Icon, VIP Road Branch Batch Timings

07:30 AM – 09:00 AM (Academic)

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Academic and General)

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM (Academic)

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM (Academic and General)

Manjalpur Branch Batch Timings

07:30 AM – 09:00 AM (Academic)

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM (Academic)

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM (Academic)

 

Live Class Timings:

IELTS Academic

09:00 AM – 10:15 AM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

07:00 PM – 08:15 PM

 

IELTS General

07:30 AM – 08:45 AM

05:00 PM – 06:15 PM

 

 

Enrolment Validity

1 year

IELTS Repeater’s Batch

Have you taken IELTS, but did not get a satisfactory score?

Start over any time… We offer repeaters program which is carefully designed to recognise the areas that need more attention, allowing candidates to balance all the components of the test. The course is suitable for candidates who have taken IELTS once, but aim to get a higher score. Also included in the fee is an online study package with lots of Lessons, videos, sectional tests, mock tests and Live Classes.

Important Features

 

  • Meet standards for satisfactory progress
  • Well-organised strategy plan
  • Track day by day improvement
  • Official IELTS practice material
  • Access to expertise
  • Continuous evaluation
  • Thorough preparation
  • 3 Paper Delivered & 2 Computer Delivered Full Length Tests
  • 6 Months’ Classroom and 3 Months Live Classes

 

Classroom Batch Timings

Trident H.O. Batch Timings

 08:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Mon-Fri)

02:30 PM – 04:30 PM (Mon- Fri)

Live Class Timings:

IELTS Academic

09:00 AM – 10:15 AM

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

07:00 PM – 08:15 PM

 

IELTS General

07:30 AM – 08:45 AM

05:00 PM – 06:15 PM

 

Enrolment Validity

6 Months