This test is for people who intend to study or work where English is the language
of communication. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four
language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is
jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge
ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 350 locations in 120 countries.
It opens doors for you to more than 2000 educational institutions, government
agencies and professional organizations across 120 countries where IELTS scores
are recognized as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.
IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native
students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. Among
the popular study destinations IELTS is accepted by universities in UK, Australia,
New Zealand, Canada and USA.
It has become a mandatory test for students of many nationalities to obtain student
visas to Australia. You cannot be granted an Australian student visa without an
IELTS score if you are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries,
TOEFL is not accepted. All other study destinations either require you to take the
TOEFL or IELTS. IELTS is however not accepted by most universities in USA. TOEFL
is required as a proof of English proficiency to study there.
Types of IELTS Tests
IELTS is offered as 2 types of tests. One, General Test, that is required to be taken by applicants who wish to seek permanent residence or employment in countries like Australia. Two, the Academic Test, to be taken by students who wish to Study Abroad.
Fees for IELTS Academic Test is Rs. 9,300/-, payable at The British Council or Rs. 7,400/- if payable with credit card at IDP Education Australia offices throughout the country. For additional score reporting, students have to pay Rs. 1,000/- per university, if the report has been sent by courier.
IELTS Test Structure
IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English. Band
scores are used for each language sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking).
The Band Scale ranges from 1 ("Non User") to 9 ("Expert User")
the four Band Scores, one for each section are added together and averaged for an
Overall Band Score. Each Band has a statement giving a summary of the English at
that level. There are nine Band levels, from one (non-user) to nine (expert user).
All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking
to obtain an IELTS Test Report Form. Total Test Time 2 hours 45 minutes.
The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in
one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre,
in the period seven days before or after the other Modules. The tests are designed
to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.
IELTS level for admission to the academic world
The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5, depending
upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common requirement is
a band score of 6 to 6.5.