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IELTS 2020: Registration, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Exam Centers, Preparation Tips, Sample Papers and Result
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required to be written by international applicants for testing English language proficiency. IELTS exam is considered as one of the primary language ability markers for international candidates to study or work in foreign land. Countries like USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand need IELTS exam scores as proof of language proficiency.
IELTS is mainly of two types: General Training and Academic. The test takers mainly measure the ability of the candidates on four basic communicative skills- writing, speaking, reading and listening. IELTS exam is conducted by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. Total length for IELTS exam is 2hrs 45minutes. IELTS 2019 is taken by more than 3million candidates across 140 countries in the world. It is believed that IELTS 2020 will be taking more candidates as compared to last year.
IELTS 2020 Highlights
|Exam Name||International English Language Testing System (IELTS)|
|Level of exam||International|
|Organizing Body||Cambridge ESOL, the British Council & IDP: IELTS Australia|
|IELTS fee||Depending on local currency (for India INR 13250)|
|Skills testing parameters||Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking|
|Band Score Range||0 to 9|
|IELTS score validity||2years|
|IELTS test centers||More than 1200 centers in 140 countries|
|IELTS IDP India helpline||1800-102-4544|
Why should one take IELTS?
IELTS exam measures English language proficiency of a candidate. The candidate can write the exam for three fundamental purposes- study, work, and migration to travel to those countries where English is considered as the main language of communication.
- Those who want to pursue higher education should write IELTS exam in academic format.
- Those who wish to migrate to another country for employment purposes should write IELTS exam in General Training.
IELTS vs TOEFL
International students get confused between IELTS vs TOEFL. Many universities abroad ask for a score for either of the exams or scores for both the exams. IELTS score is preferred in the top-ranking universities in Australia, UK and New Zealand whereas TOEFL score is required to take admissions in the universities of Canada and US. TOEFL score is accepted in more than 10,000 institutions across 130 countries. US based organization named Education Testing Service conducts TOEFL exam. Therefore the exam score is preferred by American institutions.
It is a very wide comparison to make which is better. Candidates have to choose for what purpose these exams are being taken. IELTS is for those who want to study or work in Australia, New Zealand, or the UK. Every year, candidates go to these countries to try luck either in studies or jobs. Whereas TOEFL is mainly American universities or employment opportunities in America. Both tests have different scoring parameters. Many educational institutions require both scorecards for selecting candidates.
International students can register for IELTS either through offline or online mode. Basic eligibility criteria for IELTS is that the candidate has to be above 16 years of age with a valid passport. IELTS fee is INR 13250 though it varies with domestic currencies. Test takers can write the exam either in IELTS Computer Based Test or IELTS Paper Based Test. Steps to register are as follows.
For British Council
The candidates can find out availability of slots either by using online registration system or by offline mode. Two ways for IELTS Exam Registration are as
- Through Online- The candidate has to register online on the main portal of British Council. The candidate has to find suitable slot as per availability and complete the formality of registration as mentioned. The candidate has to pay online fees via credit or debit card.
- Through Offline- The candidate has to download IELTS exam registration form from official portal. Manually select the test date and fill other requirements asked in the form. Next, the candidate has to pay by demand draft (made to British Council and payable at New Delhi) or by cash (to pay cash visit the nearest ICICI bank with payment slip). The candidate has to provide Blue Dart courier serviceable address on registration form
For IDP Education
Candidates can register for IELTS exam via IDP education in three ways: Online, in-person and offline.
- Through Online- Candidate has to visit IDP official website to register. One has to select Test and Test Type and click go. A matrix will appear on screen with available dates and test centers. Then candidates have to fill personal details and complete the form by paying fee via credit card.
- In-Person: Candidate can download online form and make an application with assistance from staff. Fee payment can be made either via credit or debit card or by depositing fee amount to ICICI or Allahabad bank.
- Through Offline: Candidates can complete IELTS application form and send it to the main office of IDP via courier.
For IELTS Official Website
Here the candidate has to book for IELTS exam dates online. One has to select a location to find available test centers for the city. Fee should be paid via online mode. After following given instructions, the candidate can book for IELTS exam as per availability of slots.
Cancellation or Requesting a Transfer of IELTS Exam Date
Request for cancellation or postpone of IELTS exam date is available. Request to change or cancel must be made strictly 5 weeks before the test date via email or in person only. Telephone cancellation or postponement will not be accepted. Cancellation more than five weeks ahead of the test date will receive a full refund (less a 25% administrative fee). Cancellation less than five weeks ahead of the test date you will receive no refund. Failure to appear for the test without notification is considered a cancellation, no refund will be issued, and you must register and pay again if you wish to take the test on another date.
Candidates seeking cancellation or transfer within the 5-week period prior to the test date, or those who fail to appear for their scheduled test, can receive a refund (less a 25% administrative fee) if they can provide evidence within 5 days that their ability to sit for the test has been affected by serious illness or cause:
- Serious Illness – hospital admission or serious injury
- Loss or Bereavement – the death of a close family member
- Hardship/Trauma – victim of a crime, victim of a traffic accident
- Military Service
Candidates are required to fill a “Request for Refund” or “Test Day Transfer Form” and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence:
- A medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner
- A death notice or certificate
- A police report.
IELTS exam can be taken by any individual irrespective of gender, age, race, religion or nationality. It is recommended not to take this examination below 16years of age. There are no rules for the upper age limit for IELTS exam. There is no limit set by the conducting body to attempt IELTS exam. One can take exam as many times as one wants.
Educational Eligibility for IELTS Exam
The conducting body has not set any educational eligibility criteria for IELTS. Those who want to pursue higher education abroad or want to migrate for employment purposes can take this exam. The applicants should know about overall band criteria before applying to the selected educational institution.
IELTS Exam: Demographics
With the available data present on the official website of IELTS exam, it is noticed that irrespective of gender, candidates score the most in listening and least in writing. Since childhood, in India, one starts learning English by listening on an electronic medium, therefore it is quite easy to analyze an argument by listening to the recordings present in the test. Whereas the least secured area is writing. Least marks are secured in writing for a lack of language construction and grammatical errors. Candidates should start practicing writing within a particular time period to improve all these mistakes. As compared to other bands, the Writing band has the least score range for both male and female candidates.
How to find organizations Accepting Score for IELTS Exam
More than 9000 educational institutions and organizations across 140 countries accept IELTS exam scores for ascertaining English Language Proficiency. To know about organizations follow the given steps below
- Visit the official website – ielts.org
- Click on “About the test”
- In the drop-down, select “Who accepts IELTS scores?”
- Either type in the name of institution/organization in the search box and click on Search IELTS Organization or
- Click on Advanced option and select the type of organization you are looking for
- Alternatively, visit ielts.org/about-the-test/who-accepts-ielts-scores/
- Enter Location – country, cities/states and band score.
- Click on Search IELTS Organization
IELTS Exam Pattern
There are four sections in IELTS exam pattern. The sections are Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. It takes 2hours 45minutes to complete the whole test. Listening and Speaking are similar to both Academic and General Training but the subject matter for writing and reading sections differ in both these tests. Reading, Writing and Listening of all IELTS exams are completed on the same day without any break whereas Speaking section can be completed a week before or after the other tests. The entire exam pattern overview is given
IELTS Exam: Speaking
IELTS exam Speaking test assesses a candidate’s fluency in spoken English. This is a face to face interview round between an examiner and the candidate. Exam pattern for IELTS: Speaking is divided into 3 parts and every part is recorded. The duration of IELTS Speaking is 11-14 minutes.
Part 1: A candidate is asked general questions about himself/herself, his/her home, family, work, education, interests, and hobbies. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
Part 2: Candidate is given a card with a particular topic stated on it. The candidate is then given one minute to prepare himself and then to speak on the given topic for two minutes.
Part 3: Candidate is asked a question on the topic given in Part 2. Here, a candidate gets an opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues with the examiner. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.
IELTS Exam: Listening
IELTS Listening test is 30 minutes long. Candidates are required to listen to four separate recordings of native English speakers and answer a series of questions based on these recordings. This section measures ability of a candidate to comprehend the main idea and detailed factual information, opinions, and attitude of the speakers in the recordings.
Recording 1: It involves a conversation between two people in English. For example, two people talking about the weather.
Recording 2: It is a monologue framed in a social context. For example A speech about local facilities for the public.
Recording 3: It is a conversation among people (up to 4) in an educational or training context.
Recording 4: Monologue on educational or academic context.
IELTS Exam: Reading
IELTS Reading test is 60 minutes and consists of 40 questions designed to test a candidate’s English Reading skills. The questions include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding the logical argument and identifying writers’ opinions, attitude and purpose. This section is different for Academic and General Training.
- IELTS Academic Reading: It consists of 3 reading passages taken from newspapers, magazines, journals and books. All these passages are written for the general audience. These long texts follow writing styles ranging from analytical, discursive, factual and descriptive. Here the candidate has to recognize opinions, purpose and attitudes of writer. This test is designed to test comprehensible ability of the candidate.
- IELTS General Training Reading: The paper is divided into 3 sections. All these excerpts are taken from company handbooks, advertisements, guidelines, notices, newspapers, magazines and books. 1st section is about “social survival”. 2nd section is in the context of “workplace survival”. 3rd section is of general reading with complex structure. This section puts emphasis on different writing styles like argumentative, or instructive or descriptive.
IELTS Exam: Writing
IELTS Writing test is 60 minutes long and consists of two compulsory tasks. The two tasks are designed to test candidates in English writing skills, grammar, etc. The answers are to be written in complete sentences in a paragraph and not as notes, phrases or bullet points. This section is also different for Academic and General Training.
- IELTS Academic Writing: The candidate has to complete 2 writing tasks. For Task 1, the candidate has to explain information given in chart or table in 150 words (20 minutes) For Task 2, the candidate has to write in response to a problem, or argument or a point of view. This task should be written in 250 words (40minutes)
- IELTS General Training Writing: The candidate has to complete 2 writing tasks. For Task 1, the candidate has to write a letter (personal or formal or semi-formal) to explain the given situation or request for information. For Task 2, an essay will be written in response to a problem or argument or point of view.
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IELTS Exam: Preparation Tips
Test takers should get a proper overview of IELTS exam preparation tips. One should aim at covering all four components in IELTS exam: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. IELTS exam pattern is of two types: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. As per taken exam, test taker should prepare. Few preparation tips for IELTS exam are as following
- Learn new words for understanding vocabulary
- Read English books, magazines, newspapers, handbook for strong grasp over language
- Practice writing following a strict time schedule
- Under strict time scheduling, test taker can improve writing speed
- Make an accurate usage of grammar
- For fluency in language, start talking in front of mirror
- Focus on pronunciation for proper understanding of words
- Try to balance between listening and scanning questions
Besides these preparation tips, test takers should start taking mock tests regularly for better understanding of exam pattern. Every year, lakhs of international students take IELTS exam for pursuing either higher education or employment opportunities. Therefore learning proper English is a step taken towards dreams.
IELTS Exam: Sample Papers
As per data collected from the official website of IELTS exam, it is noticed that international students comparatively score the least marks in writing section and the highest in listening sections. To score good marks in IELTS exam, it is necessary to practice IELTS exam sample papers regularly. Time management is one of the most important things to look after. These sample papers are available on the official website of IELTS as well as websites of IDP and British Council.
IELTS Exam 2020: Dates
IELTS exam has two formats:IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Every month, international students can take these examinations four times. Annually there are 48 dates for IELTS exam. For date availability follow here. The candidate can take the IELTS exam dates on 48 different days for Academic section and 24 dates for General Training section. Candidates are advised to book for IELTS exam at least 3-4 months before the application deadline. Candidates can book IELTS exam dates through 3 different portals- British Council, IDP or IELTS (official website).
What to Bring to IELTS Exam Room
Things to be carried by the candidates for IELTS exam room are as following
- Only pen, pencil, and eraser
- For identity proof- Carry Passport or id card used during IELTS application
- No food is allowed inside examination room
- Only transparent water bottle is allowed
- No electronic gadgets inside examination room
IELTS Exam: Result
IELTS score is declared 13 days after appearing for the exam. Candidates can access IELTS score cards online as well as offline. IELTS Exam result will be made available tentatively after the aforementioned duration. Acquired IELTS exam score is valid for 2 years. To access IELTS score, a candidate has to submit identification document number. Along with ID proof, the candidate also has to provide Candidate number generated during IELTS application. Date of IELTS exam and date of birth are other required information. Results will also be available on IDP or British Council website. Apart from online mode, IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) will be sent after 13 days on commencement of exam. Those who have applied for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2 copies of Test Result Form (TRF) will be provided.
How IELTS Exam Scored?
Each section of IELTS exam has a rough score out of 40. Each rough score is converted to Band Score out of 9. Entire score is compiled to an overall band score on a scale of 1-9.
IELTS Exam Conversion Table
The Rough Score Equivalent of Band Score of each section is given in the table below:
|Listening raw score (Academic and General Training)||39–40||37–38||35–36||32–34||30–31||26–29||23–25||18–22||16–17||13–15||10–12||8–9||6–7||4–5|
|Reading raw score (Academic)||39–40||37–38||35–36||33–34||30–32||27–29||23–26||19–22||15–18||13–14||10–12||8–9||6–7||4–5|
|Reading the raw score (General Training)||40||39||37–38||36||34–35||32–33||30–31||27–29||23–26||19–22||15–18||12–14||9–11||6–8|
IELTS Band Scale
IELTS exam is scored on a band scale of 9. With each band, the candidate corresponds to a specific level of proficiency in English language. Table below enlists band score and skill level corresponding to band score
|Band Score||Skill Level||Description|
|9||Expert user||The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.|
|8||Very good user||The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.|
|7||Good user||The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.|
|6||Competent user||The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|5||Modest user||The test taker has partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their field.|
|4||Limited user||The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.|
|3||Extremely limited user||The test taker conveys and understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.|
|2||Intermittent user||The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoke and written English.|
|1||Non user||The test taker cannot use the language except a few isolated words.|
Minimum IELTS Exam Score Required for VISA
IELTS score card is required as English language proficiency proof for English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and UK. IELTS exam score card is required for issuance of VISA from immigration department. To grant visa minimum score for IELTS is required as following
For United Kingdom
|Visa||Minimum IELTS score required overall and in each skill|
|Tier 1(General) visa||7.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 1(Exceptional Talent) visa||4.0 overall, and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 1(Entrepreneur) visa||4.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 1(Graduate Entrepreneur) visa||4.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 2(General) visa||4.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 2(Sportsperson) visa||4.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 4(General) student visa (undergraduate)||4.0 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Tier 4(General) student visa (graduate and some pre-sessional courses)||5.5 overall and in each of 4 skills|
|Family of a settled person visa||IELTS life skills at A1-Pass, IELTS-4.0 in speaking and listening|
|Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship||IELTS Life skills at B1-Pass, IELTS-4.0 in Speaking and Listening|
For New Zealand
|Visa Category||Minimum IELTS Score Required|
|Business Categories (Investor, Entrepreneur, Long Term Business Visa, Employees of Relocating business)||Principal applicants: 5.0. Partners and children aged 16 and over: In some cases partners and children are not required to meet the minimum level of English at the time the application is lodged, but can provide evidence at a later stage.|
|Skilled Migrant||Principal applicant: 6.5 Partners and children aged 16 and over: 5.0|
|Department of Immigration Level of English||Minimum IELTS Score Required||Visas|
|Functional English||4.5||Permanent and provisional skilled visas (to avoid paying English Language Charge)|
|Vocational English||5.0||457 visa, ENS and RSMS visas through the temporary residence transitional stream for people who have held 457 visa for 2 years with employer|
|Competent English||6.0||ENS and RSMS visas through the Direct Entry Stream, skilled migration (6.0 is minimum threshold but receives 0 points)|
|Proficient English||7.0||Points tested skilled visas (to obtain 10 points)|
|Superior English||8.0||Points tested skilled visas (to obtain 20 points)|
Canada has its own recognized proficiency standards called Canadian Language Benchmark for measuring English language ability. IELTS equivalent of CLB is given below
|Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)||Reading||Writing||Listening||Speaking|
Minimum level of CLB required for various types of Visa in Canada
|Visa Category||Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) required|
|Federal Skilled Worker Program||CLB 7|
|Federal Skilled Trades Program||CLB 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing|
|Canadian Experience Class||CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs, CLB 5 for NOC B jobs|
|Business startup visa||CLB 5|
|Provincial Nominee Programs||CLB 4 for N0C C and D jobs|
IELTS is a globally acclaimed examination taken by individuals across the world. Every year, from India lakhs of candidates, apply for this exam. For practice, click here.
Ques. What is IELTS?
Ans. International English Language Testing System is an English language proficiency test taken by the candidates planning to pursue higher education or migrating to a English speaking country for employment opportunities. Mostly these English speaking countries are UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Ques. Which all agencies accept this test?
Ans. This test is accepted by at least 10,000 organisations across the world. The organisations include various universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies, MNCs among others.
Ques. Who conducts IELTS?
Ans. In India, British Council and IDP conduct IELTS exams for those test takers who want to pursue higher education abroad or to migrate English speaking countries for employment opportunities.
Ques. Who prepares this test?
Ans. The International teams of writers prepare the exam and ensure that it is fair and unbiased.
Ques. What are the exam format for IELTS?
Ans. IELTS has two exam patterns- IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Test takers who want to pursue higher education on English speaking nations can take this exam format. Whereas those who want to migrate to English speaking nations for employment opportunities opt IELTS General Training exam.
Ques. What are the main factors that are different in IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training?
Ans. Mostly the exam pattern in both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are similar except reading and writing sections. Listening and Speaking sections are similar for both IELTS Academic and General Training.
Ques. Which test should I give if planning to pursue MBA overseas?
Ans. You need to give IELTS Academic test in case planning to pursue higher studies in an English native country. Since individual organisations have different requirements, it is advisable to check IELTS requirements for the international students at the university in which you are applying.
Ques. What are the components of IELTS?
Ans. IELTS test mainly has four sections including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and you have to prepare for all the sections. A test taker has to perform equally well in all components to score well on the overall band.
Ques. How long will it take to complete the exam?
Ans. The entire duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The first three parts of the test including listening, reading and writing will be conducted on the same day (there will be no breaks between these tests) while speaking test can be held either on the same day or few days before or after the exam as well. It depends on the local arrangements.
Ques. Is this test available for the test takers who have visual, hearing, speaking or learning difficulties?
Ans. The students with disabilities can get assistance at the official IELTS test centres. You need to inform you about it at the center so that special arrangements can be made for you.
Ques. What is the cost of IELTS?
Ans. The fees for this test are fixed as per domestic currencies of the country. In India, cost fee for IELTS is INR 13250.
Ques. Can I postpone or cancel my application?
Ans. You will get a complete refund, in case you have postponed or canceled your application 5 weeks before the test date. But in case you make cancellations within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason.
Ques. What will happen in case I am absent or sick on the test day?
Ans. In case you are absent on the test day without any prior notice, then you will not get any refund.
Ques. Can I give the IELTS test in one day?
Ans. All the three tests including Listening, Reading and Writing tests will be completed followed by the next with no breaks while the Speaking test will be held either on the same day or seven days before or two days after as well.
Ques. Which part do I need to attempt first?
Ans. The candidates will be asked to give the Listening test first, which is followed by the Reading and Writing tests. Speaking test will be conducted some other day.
Ques. What kinds of accents will I hear in the Listening and Speaking tests?'
Ans. Since IELTS is an international test, you can hear a combination of a variety of English accents during your tests.
Ques. Does Listening tape have pauses?
Ans. Yes, initially the candidates will hear instructions and a sample question. Then you are asked to read section 1 questions, listen to section 1 and answer the questions. There will be no repetition of audio clips in Listening section.
Ques. Is there a same time period of 10 minutes in the Reading test to transfer answers?
Ans. No, the reading test is one hour and you must finish writing all the answers on the answer sheet in this time only. 3 reading passages will be given in this section.
Ques. Am I allowed to use a pen for the Listening and Reading tests?
Ans. No, you have to use pencil only. Your answer sheet will be scanned by a computer which is unable to read pen.
Ques. Is making notes on the Listening and Reading question papers allowed?'
Ans. Yes, you are allowed to make the notes.
Ques. What comes in the Speaking test?
Ans. In Speaking test, firstly the candidate has to be introduced to the examiner. For introduction, test taker gets 2-3 minutes in Task 1. Nextly the test taker has to pick up the card for choosing topics to be discussed in Task 2. In Task 3, the examiner will discuss sections spoken in Task 2 with the test taker.
Ques. What do I need to carry for the Speaking test?
Ans. You have to bring the same ID documents which you have submitted with your IELTS Application Form and used for the rest of the test. Your ID will be cross-checked by the examiner at the time you enter the interview room.
Ques. How are the marks given in the test?
Ans. IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to calculate and report test scores in an appropriate way. The students will get separate scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
Ques. Who is the authority that decides the passing mark for the IELTS test?
Ans. The educational institution or organisations have set their own level of IELTS scores and you must meet the individual requirements of the institute to get admission.
Ques. When will the test results be declared?'
Ans. The test Report Form of your score will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. There are facilities like SMS alerts and an Online Results Service which is offered by many IELTS centers to the aspirants who appeared for the exam. If you are taking Computer Based IELTS, the results will be declared within 5-7days.
Ques. What happens in case I misplace the Test Report Form?
Ans. Test Report Forms are valid for two years, but you will not get a copy for your test score. Your Test Report Form of IELTS will be forwarded directly to the relevant institution or embassy. You can get up to five copies for free of charge but additional copies carry small administration charges.
Ques. What are the maximum attempts that I can give?
Ans. There is no limit on sitting the test, but it is advised that you do additional study before taking the test again.
Ques. How can I prepare for IELTS?
Ans. There are many test centres that offer preparatory courses and language classes. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Practice Materials which are available online besides joining any institute for IELTS preparation.
Ques. Can I do something if I feel that my test result is wrong?
Ans. You can ask for an enquiry regarding your test results at the centre where you have applied for the test. You have to apply within six weeks of your test date. You need to inform the authorities regarding the sections of the test that you want to be checked again.
Ques. Do I need to pay something if asking for re-checking?
Ans. Yes there is a charge for an enquiry on IELTS test results. However, the amount will be refunded in case there is an increase in your score for any section of the test.
Ques. When will I get the new results?
Ans. Your result will be made available to you within 2-21 days, depending upon several factors like the number of sections requested for re-mark, etc.
Ques. What if I am not able to reach the exam center for the reason beyond my control?'
Ans. You can apply for IELTS exam again according to the next available test date.
Ques. Is IELTS exam too difficult?
Ans. IELTS is no more difficult than any other type of exam, you will be asked straightforward questions that are designed to assess how well you can use your English.
Ques. Is it true that if I give the test in my home country, I might get a better result?
Ans. This is a common myth, you must understand that the IELTS test will have the same level of difficulty no matter from where you are giving the test.
Ques. Will I lose marks if I am unable to speak with an American, Australian or British accent?
Ans. You are not supposed to change the accent for the IELTS test, rather focus on speaking clearly and at a natural pace so that the examiner can understand what you are saying.
Ques. How can I improve my chances of scoring high in the exam?
Ans. You must practice your English every day and listening to many other native speaker accents will help you a lot in pronouncing difficult words clearly.
Ques. Will practising sample tests help me?
Ans. Yes, by practising sample tests you will learn a lot and will understand what is expected in each part of the test. This is one of the best ways of preparation to score high in the exam.
Ques. Is IELTS more difficult than other English tests?
Ans. ince several educational institutions, employers and professional registration bodies accept IELTS so you can expect that the exam is of a high quality. Even IELTS is also accepted by more governments for migration purposes than any other test.
Ques. Where can I take IELTS?
Ans. You can take IELTS test at any of 200 test locations in 50 countries. You can find a test centre that is near you by exploring the available test dates.
Ques. What are the rules for giving the test?
Ans. You can check test rules and guidelines on the official website and at the time of filling the IELTS Application Form as well.
Ques. Is using capital letters in the exam allowed?
Ans. Yes you are allowed to use all the capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening section and in the Writing section of the IELTS test as well.
Ques. Is it possible that my second time score is higher than the first attempt?
Ans. Yes it is possible. Many people score higher on their second sitting as they understand the exam pattern and know how the exam can be finished within the allotted time.
Ques. What is the Age Limit to apply for the test?
Ans. There is no upper age limit for IELTS Test. It is recommended for the candidates who are above 16 years.
Ques. Can I pay the fees of the test fee through cheque or cash?
Ans. Yes test takers can pay fees via demand draft or cash in favor of either British Council or IDP while filling up the form.
Ques. Can IELTS test result be used at the time of applying for a UK visa?
Ans. In case you wish to use an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test result as part of your application for UK visa purposes, then you must take the test at an IELTS test centre which is specifically authorised by UK Visas and Immigration for this purpose.
Ques. How often is an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test available?
Ans. For IELTS and IELTS Life Skills, the dates of the test will be available within 28 days of booking your test.
Ques. What is the validity of the score in this test?
Ans. The IELTS Test Report Form comes with a validity of maximum 2 years.
Ques. Which factors will help in scoring high in the exam?
Ans. You will be judged based on your performance throughout the Speaking and Listening test based on obtaining information, conveying information, speaking to communicate and getting involved in discussions.Test takers should focus on watching English movies or news. Reading books, magazines, handbooks will also help in scoring well in IELTS.
Ques. Do non-native countries also accept IELTS Score?
Ans. There are more than 140 countries that accept the IELTS score, English speaking countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand accept IELTS score. Besides many non-English speaking countries as well accept IELTS score while giving admission to the students in different colleges and universities where the medium of education is English.
Ques. What is the procedure to register for IELTS?
Ans. You must visit the official IELTS website and then register for the test. You can select the test type and date and then fill your details in the application form.
Ques. When can I take this exam?'
Ans. You can give the exam on any of the 48 fixed dates in a year up to four times a month. So according to the dates, you can give the exam.
Ques. What things are allowed inside the test center?
Ans. You can only carry pens, pencils and erasers. You need to carry your passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. Mobile phones, pagers and other kinds of electronic devices must be switched off and kept at the area designated by the supervisor.
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