IELTS - The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam that evaluates your English language skills. It is similar to TOEFL and is typically taken by prospective students, who want to study abroad in countries where English is the primary language. Certain nations, such as Canada and Australia, need it as part of the immigration process too.
IELTS is Categorized into Two Types.The IELTS exams are of two types, the IELTS academic exam and IELTS general training exam. The IELTS Academic exam is aimed at test takers who want to study at universities and other third level education institutions in English speaking countries. The General Training version is for test takers who want to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.
The IELTS academic is designed specifically for students planning to enroll in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any English-speaking country.
Potential immigrants who want to move to an English-speaking country take the IELTS general.
The structure of IELTS test will be as below.
|Section & Duration||Description||Number of Questions|
|Listening (30 minutes)||Four recorded monologues & Conversations||40|
|Reading (60 minutes )||3 long passages with questions||40|
|Writing (60 minutes)||Task 1 – 150 words – Summarizing infographics
Task 2 – 250 words – Short essay
|Speaking (11-14 minutes)||Face to face interview||3|
Here is the step by step procedure below to successfully register for an IELTS test.
IELTS test will be held 4 times a months and 48 times a year. So make sure to book the slot as per the availability of dates. And also, book your IELTS slot at least 3-4 months prior to your university admission deadlines. That gives you enough time to re-take the test.
IELTS is one the prominent tests and a major step up for the students/immigrants who plan to study abroad or work abroad. The IELTS score itself decides the candidates future. So, it is utmost vital to plan the preparation perfectly to crack a good IELTS score. Also, a common IELTS preparation technique will not work for everyone. Each one’s preparation strategies should be in sync with their knowledge and skills levels.
Here is the step-by-step process to prepare for IELTS
One mark is given for each right answer. The below IELTS band scale is used to convert scores out of 40 to bands.
|IELTS Section||Raw Score Out of 40||Band Score|
|IELTS Academic - Reading||15||5|
|IELTS General - Reading||15||4|
Writing and listening band scores will be assigned by the examiner based on the performance in the test.
A minimum of IELTS band 6.5 is required to study in abroad universities and IELTS Band 7 can let you gain admission to top business schools.
IELTS Registration fee: 14,700 INR (both paper and computer-based tests).
IELTS Rescheduling fee: 3,000 INR.
IELTS Cancellation fee: 25% deduction & refund of the registration fees, if canceled 5 weeks before the test date. No refund if canceled in less than 5 weeks before the test date.
If a candidate wishes to reschedule their IELTS exam, they must do so at least five weeks before the scheduled exam date. Within three months after the original exam date, the candidate must reschedule the IELTS exam. To reschedule the exam, the candidate must pay a fee of $ 40.50 (INR. 3000) plus any applicable taxes.
IELTS test score is valid for 2 years. Always make sure to apply for the IELTS test a minimum of 3-4 months before the university admission deadlines.
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