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What is the purpose of the IELTS test?
IELTS is available in two versions: Academic and General Training. Each is designed to meet particular purposes.
IELTS Academic is intended to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS General Training is intended for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Who accepts IELTS scores?
IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies (including medical authorities), immigration authorities and other government agencies.
Who runs IELTS?
IELTS is run by an international partnership of University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
What does the test consist of?
IELTS includes tests of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test length is 2 hours 44 minutes, made up of Listening (30 minutes), Reading (1 hour), Writing (1hour) and Speaking (11-14 minutes). The Speaking Test is administered face to face with a trained examiner. Modified test versions are available for candidates with special requirements.
Listening test, 40 questions (band scores are approximate):
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General reading test, 40 questions (band scores are approximate):
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Academic reading test, 40 questions (band scores are approximate):
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Where can candidates take IELTS?
There are currently more than 300 authorised test centres in over 100 countries worldwide. IELTS test centres around the world are managed by the British Council or IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. In the US, IELTS centres are managed by IELTS International.
Test centres are listed on the IELTS website
When can candidates take IELTS?
IELTS Academic modules are administered on 48 fixed dates each year. General Training modules are administered on 24 fixed dates each year.
How much does it cost to take IELTS?
IELTS is delivered at a fixed price in each country. This price is made up of a standard central fee and a variable local fee. Details of centre locations, test dates and fees can be accessed from the IELTS website
How are results reported?
Candidates receive scores on a band scale of 1 to 9 which has remained constant since 1980. Detailed performance descriptors have been developed which describe written and spoken performance at the nine IELTS bands. A profile score is reported for each skill.
The individual skill scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score. More details of how final scores are calculated and estimates of reliability can be found in the document ‘Score Processing, Results and Interpretation’.
Results are available 13 days after the test date.
Institutions may apply for access free of charge to verify results on-line and electronic downloads are available.
All IELTS research activities are co-ordinated as part of a comprehensive and coherent framework for research and validation of the test.
IELTS Grants and Awards
Two major components of this research framework are the IELTS Masters Award and the IELTS Joint-funded Research Programme.
Details of organisations recognising IELTS and detailed descriptions of the test components can be found on the IELTS website
IELTS Online is designed and developed by experienced IELTS test tutors and examiners at Australia's largest test centre - Macquarie University IELTS Test Centre.
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