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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. More than 1.4 million people a year take the test. IELTS is accepted for study, work and migration in more countries than any test. Over 9000 Universities, Employers, Professional registration bodies and governments around the world accept IELTS as evidence of your English proficency.


You deserve a fair chance to do your best. That’s why, unlike other tests, IELTS gives you a quiet room for the Speaking test with no distractions or interruptions. IELTS gives you a quite room to take your Speaking test one-on-one with an Examiner. No distractions or interruptions from other test takers. IELTS is also fair to test takers from all cultures. Both British and American spellings are accepted and IELTS test questions are trialled with test takers around the world before they are approved, to ensure they are appropriate and Accessible IELTS also recognises that candidates have different approaches to answering questions. For example, with IELTS you can answer questions in the order that suits you and you can make changes to your Reading answers and Writing responses at any time during the Reading and Writing sections. Fast – Total test time is under 3 hours and you get your results after just 13 days.

Listening: 30 minutes

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and you will hear each section only once.*The Listening component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions. Section 1 A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency. Section 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities. Section 3 A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment. Section 4 A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Reading: 60 minutes

The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.Reading – Academic version The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are recognisably appropriate for anyone entering undergxavieruate or postgxavieruate courses or seeking professional registration.Reading – General Training version The General Training version requires you to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.

Writing: 60 minutes

Academic version The Writing component of the Academic version includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for anyone entering undergxavieruate or postgxavieruate studies or seeking professional registration.Task 1 You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event. Task 2 You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be written in a formal style. General Training version The Writing component of the General Training version includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest. Task 1 You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style. Task 2 You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.

Speaking: 11 to 14 minutes

The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. *The Speaking component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions.Part 1 You will be asked to answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as your home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes. Part 2 You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner then asks you one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test. Part 3 You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This part lasts between four and five minutes. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that does not allow you to rehearse set responses beforehand. You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections. The test has four sections:

  • Listening – 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
  • Speaking – interview, 15 minutes
  • Reading – different for Academic or General Training – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
  • Writing – different for Academic or General Training – pieces of writing, 60 minutes

This site also contains vocabulary tests, including practice tests for the academic wordlist, as well as grammar tests that are relevant to IELTS. Multi-level. You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections. Fees are set by test centres and vary from country to country. Expect to pay around £115 GBP, €190 Euros or $200 USD. In Nepal, the IELTS fee is Rs. 13,800/-.