IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Conducted by
the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.



International English Language Testing System(IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). Like TOEFL, IELTS is used by universities and organizations to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers.
A lot of students get confused about why are the IELTS scores required. The simple answer to this is that foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show a good understanding and strong command of the English language and that is why your overall IELTS scores are so important. Another common doubt students have is whether IELTS is a compulsory exam or not. No, IELTS isn’t compulsory in all university admissions. Many universities might even not even require IELTS scores for admission purposes. But remember that if you don’t give IELTS, your chances of getting the student visa might suffer as the visa officers may not be convinced about your English proficiency without IELTS scores. So it is safer to appear for IELTS and aim to score at least 6 bands overall.

Often international students are confused between choosing IELTS or TOEFL, as universities abroad ask for either exam scores. It is up to you as a test taker to decide which of the two exams to take, but remember that IELTS is more preferred in UK, Australia, and New Zealand, while TOEFL is popular among applicants to universities in US and Canada. So knowing the required average scores for US universities and average scores for Canadian universities is an important start.
You can take IELTS exam with the British Council or IDP up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council and IDP global schedule for test dates are 48 days per year.


All those students who are planning to pursue a career mostly in UK, Canada, New Zealand and some universities in USA can give the test. The IELTS score is also accepted by various professional organizations across the world. Around 3000 Universities around the world accept the IELTS score.

Types of IELTS

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General. Students need to take the Academic IELTS test. Other applicants who need IELTS scores for a work visa or immigration purposes need to take General IELTS test. Here we cover only the Academic IELTS test.
IELTS Exam Fees
The registration fee for IELTS is Rs. 11,300

Reading Comprehension:


Step 1:
To register for IELTS exam students have follow these steps:
1.Log on to
2.Select the option “Register for IELTS”
3.Select your test date and test city.
4.Complete the online application form.
5.Pay the test fee by credit card (Master / Visa).
6.Get the seat booked and acknowledgement message

Step 2:British Council Global Schedule has allocated 48 days per year for the IELTS exam. You can choose any one date according to your convenience. Students should choose a date at least three to four months before the college application deadline. Doing this should give you plenty of time to retake the exam if you feel the first attempt wasn’t great.
Step 3:
The test duration has a total time of 2 hours and 55 minutes. Students are required to complete listening, reading and writing in one sitting. While the speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
The exam has four parts:
Listening: The time duration is 40 minutes. It consists of four sections. The number of questions in each section is ten. Every section starts with a short introduction to the test taker regarding the situation and the speakers. The student is given some time to look through the questions. The questions are in the same order as the information in the recording, so the answer to the first question will be answered before the answer to the second question.
Reading: The time duration is 60 minutes. The reading paper has three sections. The questions range from multiple choice, short-answer questions, identifying information, identifying writer’s views, labeling diagrams, completing a summary using words taken from the text and matching information/headings/features in the text/sentence endings. Students will lose marks for incorrect spelling and grammar.
Writing: The time duration is 60 minutes. The writing paper has two tasks in which both tasks must be completed. Task 1 has writing assignment which has writing task of at least 150 words in about 20 minutes. Task 2 has writing assignment which has writing task of at least 250 words in about 40 minutes. The penalizing concept is that students are penalized if their answer is too short or does not relate to the topic.
Speaking: The time duration is 11–14 minutes. The test includes a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner. It has three sub-sections each around 4-5 minutes or 3-4 minutes.
Step 4:
Check IELTS 2018 Results
After you take the IELTS exam, the result comes after 13 days from the day of test. The marks are awarded on the scale of 1-9. A band score (from 1-9) for each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Verbal Ability Lectures:

Exam Centers

The IELTS India exam is conducted and offered on demand round the year at the following test centers in India: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Bhatinda, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Kottayam, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Patiala, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Trichy, and Vijayawada


Listening – 30 minutes
The student will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write answers to a series of questions.
1.Conversion between 2 people social context
2.Monologue in Social Context
3.Conversion between 4 people in Educational
4.Monologue on Academic Subject

Assessors will be looking for evidence of the student’s ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.
Reading – 60 minutes
The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
IELTS Academic test – this includes 3 long texts – Reading Comprehension
IELTS General Training test – this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
Writing – 60 minutes
IELTS Academic test – Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:
Task 1 – Infographic – Interpret the data and report
Task 2 – Argument Essay
IELTS General Training – Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:
Task 1 – Situation is given and write in response letter
Task 2 – Argument Essay
Speaking – 11-14 minutes
The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.
1.General Question about yourself. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
2.Extempore. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
3.Further question on Part 2. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes

Contact Information

IELTS Contact Information:

Website –


IDP Head Office
6th Floor, Plot No. 32, Global Business Square, Sector 44,
Gurgaon, Haryana
India -122003
Phone number: +91-124-4445999

Toll Free No.


IELTS Dates:

For the IELTS exam, British Council Global Schedule for global exam dates is 48 days per year. You can choose any date according to your convenience and availability. The exam date that you choose should be at least three-four months before your first application deadline.

Application Form

The application form is available at this URL (click to visit)

1.Find your nearest IELTS test location With more than 1,200 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries, there is bound to be one near you. Find my nearest centre.

2.Register for your IELTS test you can register and pay online or download an application form to print, complete and submit to your local test centre. Don’t forget to provide a copy of your valid identity document.  You will also need to present the same identity document on the day of the test.

3.Your IELTS test is booked Once your application has been processed, the centre will send you a written confirmation of the date and time of your test. The Speaking and Writing tests typically take place on the same day.  If this is not possible, the tests will take place within seven days of each other.