The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test administered to evaluate the English language skills of non-English speaking candidates who seek to pursue education programmes in, or immigrate to, English speaking countries. The test is designed to assess the candidate’s ability to understand spoken and written English in academic and social contexts and also to use the language to communicate in spoken and written forms.
IELTS scores are accepted by educational institutes, professional bodies and government undertakings, as well as for immigration processing, in Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Canada and certain American universities (like Princeton and Duke), where the IELTS scores are accepted in lieu of TOEFL scores.
The objective of the test is to assess a candidate’s ability to understand and communicate in English in academic and social contexts. To make this assessment, the following skills are specifically tested.
The IELTS test has two versions:
All candidates are tested on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. While the Speaking and Listening sections are common for the Academic and General versions of the test, the Reading and Writing sections are different.
This consists of 4 parts with 10 questions each, totaling 40 questions, to be completed in around 30 minutes. While the recording is played you get time to read the questions and to write and check your answers. You then have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
This section consists of 3 reading passages with a total of 40 questions. The three texts, together, contain between 2000 and 2750 words. The total time allotted is 60 minutes.
This section consists of two writing tasks. The total time allotted is 60 minutes.
Writing-Task 1 (Academic)
Writing-Task 1 (General)
The total time allotted to this section is 11 to 14 minutes.
The duration of the entire test is around 2 hours 45 minutes.
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