IELTS is the English Proficiency International Exam that is taken across 10,000 organizations globally. IELTS Full Form is International English Language Testing System. It is taken for checking the English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers. The test was established in 1989 and is one of the major English language tests in the world. The level of proficiency is measured through a nine-band scale. There are 2 types of the module in the IELTS test - Academic and General Training. The test consists of 4 parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS is accepted in 100% Universities in the UK and Australia. It is now accepted in more than 3,400 institutions in the US and thousands of Institutions around the world in English speaking countries. Over 3.5 million people take the test every year.
British Council is a British organization that specializes in international cultural and educational opportunities and is also an organizer of IELTS around the World. IELTS is a test for processing immigrants in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
IELTS examination is developed by some of the World’s leading language experts. IELTS Score is derived on the basis of your English language skills in the field of:
IELTS provides two different tests as per where you want to use the test. The two types of IELTS Exams are: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training
IELTS Academic: It measures your English proficiency for an academic environment. It is used if the test taker plans to take up some education or training in one of these countries.
IELTS General Training: It measures your English proficiency for practical and everyday purposes. This test is taken up by the ones who plan on living or working in one of these countries.
IELTS is a lot more than just an English Test. It opens opportunities for many to study and work in countries other than their own. It prepares people to be able to converse with people of different accents. With the module of Academic Training, IELTS prepares students not only to become better in conversations but also to get better results in their academic papers.
IELTS test results are available in 5-7 days in a computer-based test and 13 days in a Paper-based test. The test is offered in over 1,600 locations and in 140 countries with over 10,000 organizations accepting IELTS as proof of English efficiency.
IELTS 2020 is required for migration purposes and admission purposes. IELTS is required in top countries for edcucation purposes like Canada, USA, UK, and Australia. It is the only English proficiency test that is approved by UK visas. So, if you plan on studying in UK, IELTS will become a mandatory criteria.
But, even for other countries, when you plan on settling in one of the English Proficient countries, the visa committee expects you to be efficient in English, for that IELTS becomes an important test. Even though many Universities do not require an IELTS test, a good result in IELTS can help in getting your visa. A minimum of 6 in IELTS is considered a good score.
IELTS is generally required for anywhere English proficiency is mandatory. But, in the specification, IELTS can be used in three cases:
IELTS for Admissions: IELTS is highly popular among students who are interested in studying abroad specially in UK and Australia. IELTS Academic Test is compulsory for them as it tests the student's ability at an academic level, i.e. if they are able to converse among the native professors and students and are able to write good quality academic papers.
IELTS for Job: IELTS is also required for Work Visa when someone plans to work for a few years in any Country. It is required by professional companies and Employers in the world. It is based on the importance of communication in a Work Environment.
IELTS for Immigration: In countries like Australia and Canada, IELTS is a requirement for anyone who plans to move permanently and take citizenship of the country.
IELTS Full Form
International English Language Testing System
British Council and IDP ( Only for Australian Universities)
Mode of Exam
Computer-based Test and Paper- Based Test
Minimum – 0 (only if not taking the test)
0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00
Email: [email protected]
IDP Head Office
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Registeration for IELTS is an easy procedure. The entire process is online so there is not much hassle.
Follow these steps to register for IELTS Exam:
British Council offers IELTS Test in more than 55 locations in India. IELTS test can be taken in both Paper- Based and Computer-Based. IELTS Test is available in these cities every week.
IELTS Fee is the same irrespective of the type of test that you take. The general fee remains INR 13,250
IELTS Exam Fees
IELTS Academic and General Training - paper-based test
IELTS Academic and General Training - computer-delivered test
There are several resources available for you to prepare for IELTS. Once you register to the British Council for IELTS Exam, it provides:
There are several questions that arise in mind when you take the IELTS Test. It is important to be aware of everything that will happen during your exam.
You can log into your Test Taker Portal to check your result which stays there for 28 days.
Online Result: IELTS Result is declared within 13 days of taking your Paper-based test and 5-7 days of taking the Computer- Based Test.
Result Report: The Test Report Form or your IELTS Score is mailed ten days after the Paper-based test and five days after the Computer-based test. Results are never declared through phone or email.
The score for IELTS is from 0 to 9 increasing as per the understanding of a Student for Academic English. Scoring in IELTS is an important factor as many Universities have a cut off for their own courses which remain the same for every course.
|Band 1||Non- User|
|Band 0||Did not Attempt|
IELTS Result is based completely on your quality of English in every test. The test marks your result on the basis of your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. IELTS marks are between 1 to 9, 0 is given to the students who do not attend the test without any notice. You can receive whole marks like 1,2,3,4,... or decimals in 0.5 as 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5,.....
IELTS calculates your English proficiency. It can lie between 1 to 9, but there is no specific cut off created by IELTS itself or British Council and IDP. You can think of it as an IQ Test, it does not have any cut off to cross, but the ones with better result are considered better. Being said that, it is important to note that Universities do set a cut off for their courses which can be as per the quality of the University. A generally asked IELTS Cut off is 6.5 in Universities.
IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 Organizations across 140 Countries. These include professional companies, Universities and Colleges. Over 3,000 Institutions in the USA accept IELTS while every University in the UK and Australia accept IELTS.
Some of the top Colleges accepting IELTS are:
|S. No.||University/ College||Band|
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||7|
|3||University of Cambridge||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|5||California Institute of Technology (Caltech)||7.0 (Graduate admissions)|
|6||University of Oxford||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|7||UCL (University College London)||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5|
|8||Imperial College London||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5|
|9||ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|10||University of chicago||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|12||National University of Singapore (NUS)||6.0|
|13||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each|
|14||EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)||7.0|
|16||Johns Hopkins University||7.0|
|18||University of Pennsylvania||7.0|
|19||Kings College London||7.5 with minimum of 7.0 in each|
|20||The Australian National University||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5|
|21||The University of Edinburgh||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5|
|22||Columbia University||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|23||The Chinese University of Hong Kong||6.5|
|24||McGill University||6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0|
|25||Tsinghua University||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each|
|26||University of California, Berkeley (UCB)||6.5|
|27||University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||7.0|
|28||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||6.0|
|30||The University of Hong Kong||6.5|
|31||University of Michigan||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each|
|32||New York University (NYU)||7.5|
|33||The University of Manchester||5.5(international foundation), 6.0(undergraduate),7.5(graduate)|
|34||University of Toronto||7.0|
|35||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||7.0|
|36||Seoul National University||7.0|
|37||University of Bristol||6.0 and 6.5|
|39||The University of Tokyo||6.5|
|40||University of Wisconsin-Madison||7.0|
|41||University of Amsterdam||7.0 overall, 6.0 each|
|42||The University of Melbourne||6.5|
|43||KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology||6.5|
|44||University of California, San Diego (UCSD)||7.0|
|45||The University of Sydney||6.5 overall and 6.0 each|
|46||The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia)||6.5 overall and 6.0 each|
|47||The University of Queensland||6.0|
|48||The University of Warwick||according to courses, minimum 6.5 and max 8.0|
|50||University of British Columbia||overall 6.5 and 6.0 each|
How to cancel or Reschedule IELTS Exam British Council India?
IELTS Test Fees is refundable after deducting the cancellation/ postponement fees if an original medical certificate confirming illness is provided within five days of the test date.
If you need to change your date of examination, it can be done five weeks before the exam after the deduction of the cancellation/ postponement fees. The next date should be within three months of the original date.
IELTS can be taken by anyone who is interested to study abroad or work abroad, but it is advisable for anyone under 16 years to not take the test.
In Canada, due to the Updated Citizenship Act, the minimum age for students to prove their language proficiency has been reduced to 14-64 for those who wish to move to Canada.
IELTS has no limit to the number of attempts. It is conducted every month for 5-6 years, so you have many chances to take the test. But it is advisable to have a break of two to three months between the two tests to prepare better. Otherwise, you may end up with a similar result and taking another test will not be beneficial.
Although you can take the test as many times you want, IELTS Score Validity is 2 years until you take another. If your second test result is less than the first one, you can use your previous result, making sure of your IELTS validity. For every test, the payment is different.
IELTS does not have any specific educational qualifications. Anyone who wants to study or work in any English speaking country can take this test. Although the reason you apply for the test, especially for any educational institution, the educational qualification will be considered by the committee and for any job, the relevant skills will be checked.
IELTS Test Pattern includes Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listen
The IELTS Syllabus is conducted and prescribed by British Council, IDP and Cambridge Assessment English. The test is designed in a way that reflects the use of the English language in our everyday communication.
There are 4 sections in the IELTS Course:
There are 3 reading passages with questions of various types.
Multiple Choices - The candidates are required to choose the correct/ best answers from the alternatives provided.
Identifying information - Test takers will be given a number of statements and will have to answer if they agree or disagree with the same according to the given paragraph.
Identifying the writer's views/claims - In this task, candidate are given statements and they will have to answer if the statement agrees with the views/claims of the writer or not.
Matching information - Test takers are required to find specific information within the paragraphs and write the letters of the correct paragraphs in the boxes on their answer sheet.
Matching Headings - Test takers must match the heading to the correct paragraphs which are marked alphabetically.
Matching features - Test takers have to match a set of statements with a list of options given.
Matching sentence endings - First half of the sentence is given and candidates need to choose the best answer to complete the sentence.
Sentence Completion - The sentences have to be completed from a given number of words.
Summary - Test takers have to select words from the text or a list of answers.
Diagram-Label Completion - Candidates need to complete labels on a diagram which relates to the description contained in the text.
Short answer question - Answers have to be written by using words from the text.
There are two tasks under this category.
Task 1 - The test takers are given a situation and are required to write a response in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter with a minimum of 150 words.
Task 2 - In this task, the candidates are given information about a point of view, argument or problem and have to support their argument with examples and evidence from their experiences.
There will be 4 recordings with 10 questions in each section.
Section 1 - will have a recording of a conversation between 2 speakers.
Section 2 - will have a monologue.
Section 3 - conversion between two people.
Section 4 - monologue on an academic subject.
The candidates have to answer the module in 6 tasks.
Multiple choices - The question will have 3 possible answers. Test takers have to choose the correct answer from the given options.
Matching -Test takers have to match a numbered list of items from the listening text to the options given.
Plan, Map and Diagram Labeling - Test takers have to select the answers from a list on the question paper or select the missing words from the recording.
Sentence Completion - Test takers are required to fill the gap in sentences by using information from the listening text.
Short answer questions - Test takers are required to read the question write a short answer as per the word limit is given.
There are 3 parts to the speaking test.
Part 1 - The test taker is asked to introduce himself and have to answer general questions such as his home, family, hobbies, etc.
Part 2 - The test taker has to talk about a given topic which includes some point which he needs to cover in his conversation/ explanation.
Part 3 - It is related to the second part in which the discussion takes place in greater depth.
IELTS provides with different Scholarship opportunities to students of India to promote their education and give chances in better Universities. IELTS provides several Scholarships like:
This scholarship is for the session of October 2020- September 2021. This Scholarship is given to all the English Teaches who plan a Masters's degree in English Language Teaching at University of Warwick. The Scholarship covers everything including tuition fees, living expenses, visa, and return air tickets.
Applicants required to have a three-year full-time English Teaching experience and a Full University degree and the level of English proficiency stipulated by the University.
Several higher education institutions in the UK provide Scholarships. These Institutions are:
The Commonwealth Scholarship provides opportunities to Commonwealth countries who can make significant differences in their home countries after completion of higher education in the UK. The Scholarship covers economy return international travel, tuition fees, and adequate maintenance and other allowances. Students applying for one year of Masters Courses can apply for this.
In collaboration with UK's Great Britain Campaign, the British Council has launched the GREAT Scholarships for Indian Students in different Subjects. This is for students applying for a Masters in the UK from September 2020. The following Universities accept the Scholarship
Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships help students in achieving Academic, Artistic and Professional ambitions and to broaden their International Contacts. The cost of Visa is borne by the application. In over 30 years, CWIT has given around 2700 Granyts
Q. How do I prepare for IELTS?
Go to www.ieltsidindia.com to get information and filling up the form.
Q. How can I improve my writing?
Understand the Prompt, Always make an outline, put your best foot forward, keep it simple, focus on language and proofread.
Q. How can I improve my speaking?
Understand the text, know what your examiner wants, set your target, make a timeline, learn from mistakes, refer books, etc.
Q. How can I improve my listening?
Accuracy check, read aloud, listen and read along, synonyms, check it twice, be precise and think in English.
Q. How can I improve my reading?
Know what examiner wants, Use interesting vocabulary, use lots of linking words, practice speaking English.
Q. How do I get a Band 7/8/9 in writing?
Understand the Prompt, Always make an outline, put your best foot forward, keep it simple, focus on language and proofread.
Q. How can I improve my grammar?
Refer to grammar books which will be good for you, practice sets many more.
Q. How can I improve my vocabulary?
Learn 10 words every day, practice by writing it down, etc.
Q. How much time does it take to prepare for IELTS?
If you are an English speaker then 1-2 weeks are enough and if not 1 month should be enough.
Q. How to answer agree and disagree questions.
Discuss two opinions, advantages, and disadvantages, causes, and solutions, problems and solutions, compare and contrast.
Q. How soon the candidate can give the IELTS test again?
Candidates can resit for the IELTS exam anytime.
Q. How can I postpone or cancel my IELTS test?
Candidates can cancel or postpone the IELTS exam. However, candidates can postpone or cancel the exam personally or through email. Cancellation or postponement cannot be done through the telephone.
If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund of less than 25% of the administrative fee. Candidates canceling the exam less than 5 weeks ahead of the exam will not receive any refund. Those who do not appear for the exam will also not receive any refund.
Q. What is the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training?
IELTS academic is given by those who wish to enroll at a college/university to pursue studies. Whereas, IELTS General Training is given by those who wish to migrate to a foreign country for work.
Q. If the candidate is absent from the exam because of the genuine medical condition?
If the candidate does not appear for the exam, they will lose their whole amount of the fee. However, if the candidate is not able to give the exam due to a genuine medical condition, then they need to submit a medical certificate within 5 days of the exam to receive the refund after deducting the administrative cost.
Q. What is the purpose of taking the IELTS test?
Visit the official IELTS website. Register for the test. Select the test type and date. Give all your details in the application form. Upload all your documents (candidates’ passport). This step is not mandatory. Pay the fee and check all the details and then proceed.
Q. Which countries accept IELTS Score?
There are more than 140 countries which accept IELTS score. It is accepted by various organizations in major English speaking countries like the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Apart from this, even non-English speaking countries also accept IELTS score to give admission in different colleges and universities where courses are taught in English.
Q. How often can I sit for IELTS?
There is no reappearing limit on the exam but it is advised not to sit in the period of two months two times.
Q. What level of English is needed for the IELTS?
Depending on the caliber of the person but the advanced form is needed to score well in the exam.
Q. Is IELTS available on a computer?
Yes. It is available on Computer.
Q. WHat is the validity of IELTS?
It is valid for up to two years only.
Q. What is IELTS Exam?
IELTS Exam is an English Proficiency test taken for admission to Universities in English speaking countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. IELTS Exam is also taken by anyone who wishes to work in any of these countries. Although IELTS can be taken by anyone with no age limit, due to the level of difficulty, it is advisable to take the test with preparation and need.
q. Can I change my IELTS test center?
If you want to change your IELTS test center, you need to inform the center prior to the 5 weeks, you will receive a full refund on change of dates (less a 25% administrative fee)
Q. Does location matter for IELTS?
Yes, as it is a physical computerized/ written test and needs to be given in a booked time period. The candidates must reach the test center on the scheduled time and date.
Q. Which dates are available for the IELTS test?
Once you register yourself on the official website of the IELTS and choose your desired test center, it shows you the time slot and date to take the test.
Q. Can I do the IELTS test online?
Yes, the IELTS test is online but you need to give the exam at the test center.
Q. What level are 6.5 in IELTS?
6.5 are considered B2 levels according to the IELTS band. It is considered as an above-average score and if it is 6.25 then your IELTS band is upgraded to 6.5.
Q. How long is IELTS valid?
IELTS scorecard or Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for 2 years.
Q. Who is eligible for IELTS?
The eligibility criteria for IELTS is –
A candidate should be at least 16 years of age.
The candidate is planning to study in the U.S./Canada/Australia/New Zealand/UK.
The candidate is a medical practitioner and plans to work or study further in UK/Australia/USA.
The candidate is planning to migrate to Canada/Australia/New Zealand.
Q. Is the IELTS exam difficult?
The IELTS exam is not too difficult. The questions are straightforward and determine your capability and how well you use English. There is no pass or fail system in IELTS rather it is evaluated on a 9-band scale. Candidates need to see the requirements of the institution to check the score needed for admission.
Q. How often should I take Practice tests?
Well, it depends on the person’s capability of how much they practice but it is advised to take as much practice tests as it will increase your knowledge about the content of the exam.
Q. Are the Practice tests paid or free?
There are various organizations that provide IELTS Practice tests for free but also there are many premium paid sites that give practice tests.
Q. How soon can a candidate appear for a test?
As for the practice tests, one can appear for it as soon as possible as it will help in building the concept and secondly one can learn from mistakes.
Q. What are the available dates for IELTS dates in centers across India?
As for the first exam it will be tentatively held from 2 March 2019 onward across India.
Q. What happens if I’m unable to appear for the exam?
You can talk to the board and convince them to postpone your exam dates so that you can appear for the exam
Q. Which IELTS for Canada PR?
A. IRCC English Proficiency is best for Canada PR, and one should score 6.5 or at least 6.
Q. How can I prepare for IELTS at home?
A. Most of the students prepare for their IELTS at home with the help of online videos available on Youtube.com and with the help of IELTS books and sample papers for practice. In the online videos, the mentors give tips to the students and also help to solve the doubts and queries in the interactive sessions which are also available online.
Q. How much preparation is required for IELTS?
A. An exact number or figure can’t be given for preparation as it depends on the student, their ability and capacity to score well. As much practice and effort one can give will decide their scores. But, students usually should start practising for 1 to 2 years for best results.
Q. Is IELTS difficult to pass?
A. Yes, IELTS is believed difficult as it decides the faith of one to get enrolled in an institute, therefore it is believed that IELTS is very difficult to pass and one should study and practice accordingly. IELTS is a tough exam for which preparation is required. With apt preparation, it can be passed easily. Students who have completed education from an English medium school can pass this without much difficulty.
Q. Which book is best for IELTS preparation?
A. There are many books which are considered best options for IELTS preparation, some of them are as follows: The Official Cambridge Guide, Barron’s IELTS Super pack, British Council IELTS etc.
Q: How can I check my IELTS result?
A: The candidate can check their IELTS result via 4 modes. The 4 modes for checking the result are – online, SMS, email and through the test centre. After taking your result from the test centre you will not get your result on the phone via sms, mail or fax.
Q: How long is IELTS valid?
A: The IELTS is valid up to 3 years from the date of the exam. The result date will not play any role in the validity of IELTS. The IELTS validity is totally based on the test date.
Q: How many times can you take IELTS?
A: There is no time limit for giving the IELTS test. You can give as much time as you want. The IELTS test is conducted 5-6 times every month. But it is advised that you should not appear for the exam any closer than once in a period of 2 months.
Q: Is IELTS valid for 3 years now?
A: Yes, IELTS validity has been extended for up to 3 years in recent times.
Q. What is the syllabus for the IELTS exam?
The exam tests four sections. There is no hard and fast syllabus for this but the pattern is fixed and candidates prepare accordingly. The syllabus and pattern have been mentioned above.
Q. How can I prepare for the IELTS exam?
There are many books available for preparing for IELTS. One can refer to any of them for passing the exam. More reading and practising speeches are recommended.
Q. What is the eligibility for IELTS?
The minimum age allowed is 16 and the candidate must have a valid passport.
Q. What is the passing score for IELTS?
A score of band 7 is excellent. Different institutions, corporations and countries require different scores.