IELTS: Dream big and make it true

Gayathri | Friday, October 7, 2016 2:36 PM IST

Studying abroad is what students look at in this era.Once they decide on this,one of the major step to be taken is IELTS.Know about IELTS and capture the dreams.


IELTS went live in 1989. Test takers took two non-specialised modules, Listening and Speaking, and two specialised modules, Reading and Writing. Test taker numbers rose by approximately 15% per year and by 1995 there were 43,000 test takers in 210 test centres around the world.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS tests are held in over 1,000 locations across the world with tests up to four times a month .

Who is required to take the exam

There is no minimum eligibility criterion for taking IELTS test. Any person who wishes to pursue education or work opportunities in English speaking countries can apply for the IELTS test.

How To Prepare

IELTS measures your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and assesses your ability to communicate for work, study or life in an English-speaking country.

The first step is to make sure you understand the IELTS test format. You need to know what will be expected of you on test day.

Understand the IELTS test format

Study the test format to make sure that you know what to expect.

Look carefully at the content of each part of the IELTS test: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Get to know the different types of questions that you may be asked in each part.

Once you are familiar with the IELTS test format, you will need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities.

Take practice tests under timed conditions.

Practise with the British Council's IELTS online preparation resources, available free when you book your test with the British Council.

Buy IELTS self-study books and materials.

Consider taking an IELTS preparation course with the British Council.

Application Fees

For candidates registering for test dates scheduled until 31 August 2015, the IELTS fee is INR 10,400.

For candidates registering for test dates scheduled after 01 September 2015, the IELTS fee is INR 10,600.

Selection Procedure

IELTS scores are accepted by over 9000 organization and institutions across the globe. You can check by country-wise organization/institution by entering your chosen location below.

Exam Pattern

IELTS Listening Test: 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.
IELTS Reading test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.
IELTS Writing test: 60 minutes. Again, students take either an Academic Module, or a General Training Module. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics. IELTS Speaking test: It consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded and has three separate parts


IELTS provides a profile of a candidate's ability to use English.

Candidates receive scores on a Band Score from 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert User). Candidates receive a score for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.