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The international English language test system (IELTS) Is a set of tests mean to assist you in working, studying or migrating to a country where English is the primary language such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and, the United States. It is jointly managed by the IDP, British council and Cambridge Assessment English.

IELTS exam is accepted by almost all the universities in the world. IELTS Test are of two kinds: Academic and General. For University admissions, A candidate should write IELTS-Academic. Working Professionals who want to migrate should take IELTS-General. In India, IELTS exam are offered in pen and pencil format and CBT based format. Both IELTS academic and IELTS general exam cost about ₹15,500. The test results are valid for 2 years. Band score ranges from 1-9. There is no passing or failing mark.

Band Scores
The following bands are awarded based on a candidate’s level and expertise in English language. For university admissions, the band scores vary on universities, visa requirements. For an instance, Canadian universities ask for 6.5 overall bands and 6 in each section. The United Kingdom and Europe has a requirement of 6 overall bands. The safe score in an IELTS exam is 7 or 7.5 bands.

Band ScoresLevel
9Expert user
8Very good user
7Good user
6Competent user
5Modest user
4Limited user
3Extremely Limited user


Structure of IELTS test
IELTS tests your ability to listen, read, write, and speak in English. Total test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Sections are divided into following categories.

The four parts of the IELTS test
Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes' transfer time)
Reading: 60 minutes
Writing: 60 minutes
Speaking: 11–14 minutes

Listening, Reading, and Writing are completed in one sitting while speaking is conducted in one-to-one interview mode in front of an examiner which may be taken in the same day or on up to seven days before or after the other tests.

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