IELTS - International English Language Testing System

What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System and has been designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP (IELTS Australia). This language testing system conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment.

This testing system is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

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Where can I take IELTS?
More than 1,100 test centers around the world administer this test. Most test centers are run by the British Council, IELTS Australia, or universities and language schools. Some testing centers also offer off-site testing for large groups by prior arrangement with IELTS. Contact your local examination center or visit to find out where the nearest test center is located or to find information about registering for the test

The Test Format
There are four sub-tests, or modules, to the final test: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students must sit all four sub-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they sit different Reading and Writing tests, depending on whether they have selected the Academic Module or the General Training Module.


Listening Test lasts for about 30 minutes and consists of four sections played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening. Time is given for students to check their answers.

Reading Test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading Test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.

Writing Test also lasts for 60 minutes. Students take either an Academic Module or a General Training Module. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics.

Speaking Test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded and has three separate parts:
- an introduction and interview;
- an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic;
- a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn.
This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.

Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Depending on the testing centre, the Speaking Test may take place a day or two later.