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Know more about IELTS exam

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

IELTS is an English language proficiency test. IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. IELTS is conducted by three organizations, namely the British Council, IDP-Australia, and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. IELTS Test score is accepted worldwide.

The purpose of the IELTS test is to analyze people's ability to read, write, and speak in English. It also determines someone's ability to listen to spoken English where one wants to study, work, or immigrate to a country where English is the primary language of communication.

IELTS test has two modules:

1. Academic Module

This module is suitable for students who are willing to complete academic studies at degree level in an English-speaking country.

2.General Training Module

This module is suitable for people who are willing to work or immigrate to any English-speaking country.

Structure of IELTS examination:

Both the Academic & General Training Modules consist of four sections listed below and the exam takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Listening‏‎ – 40 questions in 40 minutes

Reading‏‎ – 40 questions in 1 hour

Writing‏‎ – 2 essays in a duration of 1 hour.

Speaking‏‎ – 15 minutes oral face to face conversation

So, no one passes or fails in this exam. IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale (0-9), an average of all 4 sections is considered as an Overall Band Score. For example, if a student has scored as follows: Listening‏‎ (7.5 bands), Reading (8 bands), Writing ‏‎(8 bands), and Speaking ‏‎(7.5 bands), we will give an overall band of 7+8+8+7= 30/4 i.e overall 7.5 bands, i.e average of 4 sections.

- Contributed by Kalak Vimal Kumar

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