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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test. It is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
The IELTS test is accepted by over 10,000 organizations in 140 countries and is recognized by universities and employers in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.
IELTS can be taken for the following purposes:

Study abroad: Students planning to study in English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Ireland or wherever the medium of instruction is English need to take an English language test that approves their language proficiency.

Work abroad: IELTS score is acknowledged by employers and professional bodies from English-speaking countries in various fields such as engineering, law, nursing, medicine, accountancy, teaching, and more.

Immigration: If you are planning to immigrate to an English-speaking country, it is mandatory for you to take IELTS. Migration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US, and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration.

IELTS Test Structure

There are two modules for IELTS:

General training: Accredited for daily use of language and is mostly applicable in cases of immigration.

Academic: Usually taken by students planning for education abroad or professionals who are exploring work opportunities overseas.

There are two modules for IELTS:

Listening, Reading and Writing test is taken on the same day, one after the other, without any break in between. The Speaking test may either fall on the same day or any day up to a week before or after the test date. Test takers opting for paper-based IELTS can book a slot for the Speaking test on a preferred date and time. In case you fail to choose a slot within the stipulated period of time, a time slot be allotted automatically.

The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes.

Here’s an overview of the test format:

The Listening and Speaking tests remain same for both, Academic and General. However, questioning differs in case of the Reading and Writing tests.

Academic Reading would include extracts from books, journals, newspapers and magazines appropriate for people seeking education or professional accreditation abroad whereas General Training Reading comprises of extracts from books, magazines and handbooks that one may encounter in day-to-day life in an English-speaking culture.

Academic Reading involves two tasks – one explaining data, graphs or charts and the other asking views and arguments on a formal level. General Training Reading involves one letter writing task which may be formal or informal and an essay writing task expressing views in a fairly personal style.


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