The International English Language Testing System, or IELTSTM, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTSTM is accepted by Universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTSTM Score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTSTM.
The IELTSTM tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTSTM is as follows:
Reading (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
Reading has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.
Writing (60 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
It consists of 2 tasks (Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2) and candidates must answer BOTH tasks.
Listening (40 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
IELTSTM Listening has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). Each item is worth one mark.
Speaking (11-14 minutes) (Scoring scale: 0-9 bands)
IELTSTM Speaking is a one-to-one interaction between the candidate and an examiner
IELTSTM is conducted in India by IDP and British Council. For detailed information about IELTSTM, please refer to the official
Website of IELTSTM – www.ielts.org
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