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IELTS is an International English Language Testing System. It is required for international students, prospective immigrants, and professionals under some visa categories for English speaking nations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and U.K. etc.
IELTS exam evaluates the English language skills of the test taker in four skill areas – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There are two test categories – IELTS Academic and IELTS General. IELTS academic test is for candidates planning to study abroad and IELTS general test is for the candidates planning for job or immigration purpose.
IELTS exam is conducted and managed by the British Council, IDP Education, and Cambridge ESOL.
There are four sections in IELTS exam – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and each section has its own time duration mentioned below (Both Academic and General category):-
Reading Section: 60 Minutes
Writing Section: 60 Minutes
Listening Section: 30 Minutes
Speaking Section: 11 to 15 Minutes
Reading Section: 3 sections, 40 items
Listening Section: 4 sections, 40 items
Speaking Section: 3 tasks, (Introduction and interview, Talk on a topic, two-way communications)
Writing Section (for Academic): 2 tasks (Graph – 150 words and Essay – 250 Words)
Writing Section (for General): 2 tasks (letter writing – 150 words and Essay – 250 words)
No, the complete IELTS test takes 2 days time. The reading, writing, and listening sections are conducted in one day and the speaking section is conducted on another day. It may be conducted one week earlier or one week later depending on where the student has got registered.
The results are declared online on the 13th day after the IELTS exam. And the Test Report/Scorecard is provided on 15th day.
The IELTS test result shows overall English skills and ability in four area Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 9 overall as well as for each section of the test.
There is no pass or fail marks. Following is the IELTS exam scoring criteria:-
|Correct Answers||Band Score||Level of English||Description||Key Points|
|40||9||Expert||the command in the English language, accurate, appropriate, highly flexible, fluent with full understanding||Accurate|
|37-38||8||Very Good||Has complete command with only rare errors (which are unsystematic) or inappropriate words. Deals with complex situations well but have rare errors in complex situations but can deal with detailed argumentation||Rare Errors|
|36||7.5||Uses complex language well|
|34-35||7||Good||Good command of English but also have occasional inaccuracies, misunderstandings or inappropriate words. Can use complex language quite well and understands detailed argumentation quite well.||Only occasional errors|
|32-33||6.5||Uses Complex language quite well in most situations|
|30-31||6||Competent||Effective command of English but also have some errors, inappropriate words, and misunderstandings in some situations. Can use complex language quite well but best in familiar situations||Some errors|
|27-29||5.5||Use some complex language which is best in familiar situations|
|23-26||5||Modest||Has partial command of English and can deal with overall meaning. Make frequent errors. Has better English in common situations. Does not deal with complex language well.||Frequent errors|
|19-22||4.5||Has difficulties with complex language|