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The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is a globally recognized english language proficiency test.
As you may already know, it is compulsory to submit english language proficiency test scores to apply to universities abroad for all levels of study. This test can be of any one of the three exams: TOEFL, PTE or IELTS.
IELTS is conducted by the British Council. There are two types of IELTS exams, General and Academic. Since you will be using these scores for application purposes, you will apply for the Academic IELTS. In a year, the academic IELTS is conducted 48 times. The test score for IELTS is valid for 2 years.
The IELTS test costs Rs.13,250 for test dates starting 1st April 2019.
Your Test Report Form will be available 13 days after you complete the test. You will receive one copy of the form. Your results will also be available to view online for 28 days.
You can register to take an IELTS exam here. You can also find locations and available slots here.
The IELTS scoring system ranges from 0.0 (which means you did not give the exam) to 9.0. The increments occur in 0.5 jumps. This means you can score 7 or 7.5 or 5.5 or 6, etc.
There are 4 sections:
You can score a maximum of 9 in each section. Generally, score 7.5 is considered a good average score.
This section lasts for 60 minutes. You will be given 3 passages that are derived from books, journals magazines, etc. You have to read the passages and answer the different types of questions, such as multiple choice questions, identifying information, identifying the writer’s views/claims, matching information, etc. There are approximately 40 questions in this section.
You are scored out of 9
This section is also 60 minutes long. You have 2 writing tasks to do. One will have a chart or graph or image and you have to summarize the image. In the second task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. Again, you are scored out of 9.
This section lasts 30 minutes. You are given 10 minutes more to ‘transfer’ your answers to the final answer sheet.
You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.
The testers just want to test how you will be able to understand and respond in social situations. A variety of question types are used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labelling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion. You are scored out of 9.
The IELTS Speaking section takes place on a separate day than the remaining sections. You will be invited to another location wherein you will meet a British Council representative who will take your interview. You will be asked to speak on a topic of their choice. This section lasts about 11-15 minutes.
You are scored out of 9.
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