IELTS Academic Test: Exam Dates, Exam Patterns, IELTS Components, Mean Performance

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    IELTS exam measures English language proficiency of candidates. There are two formats in this exam-IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. IELTS exam is conducted by British Council and IDP Education. IELTS Academic test is for those candidates who want to pursue higher education in English speaking nations. Countries that recognize IELTS exam scores are Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

    Exam Pattern

    IELTS Academic Test: Exam Pattern

    There are four components in IELTS exam pattern - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. In both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, listening and speaking components are similar. Writing and Reading components differ due to its approach. Total duration of exam is 2hrs 45mnts. There are a total of four components in IELTS Academic Test section.

    Exam Dates

    IELTS Academic: Exam Dates

    There are 48 fixed dates for IELTS exams. Among those 48 dates, IELTS Academic test schedule is present for all the dates along with IELTS General Training. List of IELTS exam dates is given below 

    JanuaryJanuary 4, 2020Academic 
    January 11, 2020Academic and General Training
    January 16, 2020Academic
    January 18, 2020Academic and General Training 
    FebruaryFebruary 1, 2020Academic and General Training
    February 8, 2020Academic
    February 13, 2020Academic and General Training
    February 22, 2020Academic
    MarchMarch 5, 2020Academic 
    March 7, 2020Academic and General Training 
    March 14, 2020Academic only 
    March 21, 2020Academic and General Training 
    AprilApril 4, 2020Academic and General Training 
    April 11, 2020Academic 
    April 18, 2020Academic and General Training 
    April 30, 2020Academic 
    MayMay 9, 2020Academic
    May 16, 2020Academic 
    May 21, 2020Academic and General Training 
    May 30, 2020Academic and General Training
    JuneJune 6, 2020Academic 
    June 13, 2020Academic and General Training
    June 18, 2020Academic
    June 20, 2020Academic and General Training
    JulyJuly 2, 2020Academic
    July 11, 2020Academic and General Training
    July 18, 2020Academic 
    July 25, 2020Academic and General Training
    AugustAugust 6, 2020Academic
    August 8, 2020Academic and General Training
    August 22, 2020Academic and General Training
    August 29, 2020Academic 
    SeptemberSeptember 5, 2020Academic 
    September 12, 2020Academic and General Training
    September 17, 2020Academic and General Training
    September 26, 2020Academic and General Training
    OctoberOctober 10, 2020Academic
    October 15, 2020Academic and General Training
    October 24, 2020Academic and General Training
    October 31, 2020Academic and General Training
    NovemberNovember 7, 2020Academic
    November 12, 2020Academic and General Training
    November 21, 2020Academic and General Training
    November 28, 2020Academic
    DecemberDecember 3, 2020Academic
    December 5, 2020Academic and General Training
    December 12, 2020Academic 
    December 19, 2020Academic and General Training
    Academic: Listening

    IELTS Academic: Listening

    • Section 1: 10 questions (General conversation between 2 English natives) 
    • Section 2: 10 questions (Monologue on general topic) 
    • Section 3: 10 questions (Conversation between 2-4 people around academics) 
    • Section 4: 10 questions (Monologue on academic topic) 
    • 40 questions to be answered in 30 minutes 

    Test takers have to listen to pre-recorded recordings to answer these sections. Questions can be MCQ type, fill in the blanks, flowcharts, or tables. In India, an individual is well acquainted with listening English content. It is a major reason to score the best in a listening band. 

    IELTS Academic: Listening Marking

    IELTS exam band score conversion table is presented at the end of exam. There are 40 questions in this section. Each question carries 1 mark. Therefore, score out of 40 will be converted into IELTS 9 band scale. Test taker will be marked out of 9. Grammatical and spelling mistakes will be penalized. 

    Academic: Speaking

    IELTS Academic: Speaking

    IELTS Academic Speaking section measures spoken English skills of the test taker. Total time allotted for this section is 11-14minutes. Examiners measure the skills of candidates on four criteria- accuracy and usage of grammar, coherence and fluency, lexical resource and pronunciation. Each criteria has a weightage value of 25%

    • There are 3 parts in this section 
    • In Part 1, questions are asked on general introduction like family, home, studies, work 
    • 4-5 minutes are allotted for Part 1 
    • In Part 2, test takers have to talk about a topic given through a task card
    • 3-4 minutes (including preparation time) test takers have to spend for Part 2
    • In Part 3, examiner will discuss issues with test taker related to Part 2 
    • 4-5 minutes are allotted for Part 3 

    IELTS Academic: Speaking Marking

    IELTS Academic Speaking section is marked on four criteria mentioned before. Examiner will mark with the ability to comprehend speech given by the test taker. Each criteria carries 25% of the total mark. Test takers are marked on basis of usage of vocabulary, correct grammar, coherence and fluency, lexical resource and pronunciation. 

    Academic: Writing

    IELTS Academic: Writing

    • 2 writing tasks to be completed in 60 minutes 
    • In Task 1, test takers have to visual information comprehended through chart, diagram or graph. 
    • In 20 minutes, test takers have to complete Task 1 in 150 words 
    • In Task 2, test takers have to respond to a point of view or problem or argument from the given topic 
    • In 40 minutes, test takers have to complete Task 2 in 250 words 

    IELTS Academic: Writing Marking

    In IELTS Academic writing section, both tasks carry different weightage. Examiners mark the test takers after assessing responses given to questions. This section is marked on basis of four criteria- task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resources and correct usage of grammar. Marks are given either in half bands or whole bands. 

    Academic: Reading

    IELTS Academic: Reading

    • 3 reading passages taken from journals, newspapers, books, or magazines. 
    • 40 questions to be answered in 60 minutes 
    • Mostly 11 kinds of task type will have to answer like- MCQ, Identifying information, Identifying writer’s opinions, Matching information, Matching heading, Matching features, Matching sentence endings, Sentence completion, Summary or flow chart completion, Diagram label completion, and short answer questions

    IELTS Academic: Reading Marking  

    In IELTS Academic Reading section, test takers have to answer 40 questions in 60 minutes. Examiners measure analytical, logical and deductive skills of the test takers. After marking, Cambridge Assessment English further analyzes the scoring band. Scores are given out of 40 which is later converted to IELTS score band of 9.

    Mean Performance

    IELTS Academic: Mean Performance

    As per data available for IELTS exam, it is noticed that IELTS Academic test is taken by larger section of candidates as compared to IELTS General Training. Mostly the test takers want to travel to English speaking nations to achieve a better future. Compared to employment purposes, test takers write IELTS Academic for pursuing academic excellence in English speaking nations. 

    As the graph mentioned above, female test takers score better in all sections as compared to male test takers. Every year, thousands of students take IELTS Academic test for securing admission to the best universities in the world. As per data collected, the mean score band for IELTS Academic is 6.1. To get admission into the best universities of UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or USA, the test takers have to score a minimum 0f 7 out of 9. It is also seen in the writing section in IELTS Academic, the test takers score the least. Before appearing for IELTS exam, one should have a proper IELTS Exam Preparation schedule. One requires a minimum of 6 months to score good in IELTS exam. Focus on weak sections for better improvement. 

    Academic: Sample Papers

    IELTS Academic: Sample Papers

    IELTS Academic requires rigorous practice to secure good marks in overall band score. For this, test takers require to practice study materials available online other than books available. Practice IELTS exam sample papers to get an overall idea of the exam.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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