Frequently asked questions about the IELTS test.
Are there different types of IELTS test?
What skills are tested?
What’s the structure of the test
Where can I take the test?
What’s the scoring system?
What’s the website to find out more or to book a test?
Who takes IELTS?
How much does it cost?
How long are results valid for?
How can I prepare for the IELTS test?
There are two types of IELTS test – the Academic module and the General Training module. The General Training module is considered slightly easier in the reading and writing sections. See the structure of the test and who takes the test to find out more.
In both the Academic module and the General Training module, you are tested on reading, writing, listening and speaking.
|Academic IELTS module||General Training IELTS module|
|IELTS Listening||4 sections, each with 10 questions. The sections get increasingly difficult. The listening takes about 25 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes after the recording to put your answers on the answer paper. You only hear the recording once, although an example is given in the first section. In most test centres, the listening test is played through speakers; in a few test centres, you will be given headphones. Check with your local test centre to find out.||[The same as the Academic Module]|
|IELTS Reading||Three sections, with a total of 40 questions. The reading texts are taken from a variety of sources, and are an average of about 900 words for each section. You have one hour to complete all three sections. You do not have to complete the sections or questions in any order.||Up to 6 parts, with some being short advertisements. There are 40 questions. You have one hour to complete all three sections. You do not have to complete the sections or questions in any order.|
|IELTS Writing||2 tasks. Task I (150 words minimum) describes a graph, chart, table or diagram. Task II (250 words minimum) is an essay on a given topic. You may be required to argue, discuss, give solutions or compare points of view. You have 1 hour to complete both tasks. You can complete the tasks in any order.||2 tasks. Task I (150 words minimum) is a letter on a given topic. You might have to make a complaint, request information or give information. Task II (250 words minimum) is an essay on a given topic. You may be required to argue, discuss, give solutions or compare points of view. You have 1 hour to complete both tasks. You can complete the tasks in any order.|
|IELTS Speaking||The test between 11 and 14 minutes. There are three sections to the speaking test. In Part 1, the examiner will ask you questions about yourself. In Part 2, the examiner will give you a topic card and you will have to talk about it for one to two minutes. In Part 3, you will be asked to give deeper and more formal answers to questions. The interview is recorded. The examiner marks your speaking by considering fluency and coherence, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.||[The same as the Academic Module]|
IELTS is available around the world, with tests held at least once a month and in some locations once a week.
A band score between 1 and 9 for each skill tested. Overall IELTS score is an average of the 4 band scores.
People who would like to study at university or college in an English speaking country; people looking for professional registration (doctors, nurses, lawyers etc) in most English speaking countries.
General Training IELTS:
People who are looking for residency in English speaking countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
There is a slight difference between countries, but approximately $170 USD.
There is a complete online IELTS preparation course available at http://www.IELTStestONLINE.com, with lessons, videos, exercises and complete practice tests to help you reach your IELTS goals.