The International English Language Test
Who owns IELTS?
The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English jointly own IELTS.
Why should you take the IELTS?
If you, as a student, wish to study in a nation other than your own where English is the first language, you may be required to take IELTS for academic purposes.
Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking are the four sections of the test.
What does IELTS do?
The test assesses your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English by grading in terms of band score from 1 to 9.
Who are the IELTS test makers?
Language experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States create the test questions.
ACADEMIC OR GENERAL
IELTS is divided into two categories: Academic and General Training. The Listening and Speaking tests are the same for everyone, but the Reading and Writing tests are not.
The IELTS Academic examination is designed for students who intend to study at a university or in an English-speaking environment for further education.
The test takers have to complete the Listening, Reading and Writing sections in one sitting without any breaks.
Test Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes (Listening, Reading and Writing)
IELTS Listening –30 minutes
IELTS Reading – 60 minutes
IELTS Writing – 60 minutes
IELTS Speaking – 11-14 minutes
Paper Based IELTS Listening: (30 Minutes + 10 Minutes to transfer the answers) = 40 Minutes
Computer delivered IELTS Listening: (30 Minutes + 2 Minutes to review) = 32 Minutes
A 30-minute audio recording will be played during which you will be asked to write answers to a series of 40 questions (4 parts with 10 questions each).
Part 1: Two speakers will be talking (Routine and social talk, Social context)
Part 2: A single person will be speaking (Everyday life situations, Social Context)
Part 3: Atleast two and up to four speakers (Educational Discussion, Academic Context)
Part 4: A single speaker usually delivers a lecture. (Academic)
IELTS Listening Question Types:
Task Type 1: flow-chart, table, summary completion, form, note
Task Type 2: Short-answer questions
Task type 3: Multiple choice
Task type 4: Matching
Task type 5: Plan, map, diagram labelling
Task type 6: Sentence completion