What is IELTS exam  IELTS is International English Language Testing System. It is an exam intended for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out what is your level of English (your result is a band score from 0 to 9). Usually you need to take IELTS if you are applying for a job/studies in a college or university in English-speaking country or if you are migrating to such country.

Over 1,000,000 people a year are now using IELTS to open doors throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. The test is taken every year across 120 countries, and is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world.

There are 2 types of IELTS test - Academic and General. Academic is for future students and General is for immigrants.


IELTS Test Structure                                                                                  All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking to obtain an IELTS Test Report Form. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.


Total Test Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.

The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.

    Test Day (Advice)
You must bring with you

Proof of your identity which is the same as the identity information you provided on your application form. It must contain a number, a signature, a date of birth and a photograph.
  If you are taking the test in another country you need to also bring your passport.

  The pens, pencils and erasers which you need for the test.
  Correction fluid and highlighters.
 ● Mobile phones and pagers. They must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager, or take it in with you, you will be disqualified.
 ● Anything else which the supervisor has asked you to leave outside the test room.

Please note: If you do not have the correct identity information you will not be able to take the test.

Arrive on time

 ● You may not be allowed to take the test if you are late.
During the test you must
 ● Listen to the supervisor and do what you are asked to do.
 ● Tell the supervisor if you think you have not been given the right question paper, or if the question paper is incomplete or illegible.
 ● Read carefully and follow the instructions printed on the question paper and on the answer sheet.
 ● Fill in the details required on the front of your question paper and on your answer sheet before the start of the test.
 ● You may not lend anything to, or borrow anything from, another candidate.
During the test you must not
Attempt to cheat, copy the work of another candidate or disrupt the test.
 ● Use, or attempt to use, a dictionary, pager, spell-checker, electronic recorder or mobile phone for the duration of the test. Any candidate doing so will be disqualified.

 ● Talk to or disturb other candidates once the examination has started.

 ● Smoke, eat or drink in the examination room.

 ● Reproduce any part of the test in any format/medium. Any candidate doing so will have their test results disqualified and be liable to prosecution.
Remove any materials used during the examination. This includes, but is not limited to, examination papers, answer papers and working paper.
Special Circumstances
IELTS aims to assess the English language communication skills of all test takers fairly and objectively.
Our test centres can make arrangements to accommodate special circumstances or requirements to enable test takers to attend a test centre, and to understand questions and tasks and give their answers.
  If you have a disability or another condition which might require special arrangements, you should let the test centre at which you will be doing your test know as soon as you can. Each case is considered individually, so they will need a medical certificate from you to put arrangements in place.
  Test centres require three months’ notice to put special arrangements in place. They need to confirm arrangements with Cambridge ESOL, and modified versions of the test may need to be prepared (for example, in Braille).
Visual difficulties
 ● A range of options is available, including enlarged print, and brailed question papers.
 Answers may be recorded in a variety of ways, e.g. via an amanuensis, or using a Braille machine or word-processor, and extra time may be allowed for completion of Reading and Writing Modules.
 A special needs version of the Listening Module is also available.
Hearing difficulties
 ● If you have partial hearing loss and can hear with the help of headphones or special amplification equipment you may ask for permission to use this equipment when taking listening modules.
 A lip-reading version of the Listening Module is available.
In the case of severe hearing difficulties, you can apply for exemption from the Speaking and/or Listening Modules.
Learning difficulties (eg: dyslexia)
You can apply for up to 30 minutes extra time to complete the Reading and Writing Modules, and can also apply to write your answers using a typewriter or word-processor, if you normally write this way.
If you are genuinely ill on the day of or during the test you should let the test supervisor know. Special consideration may be given to test takers who report their illness on the day of the test.

Comparison of Different International Certificates:
Advanced CPE 8   113-120 Mastery C2
Higher intermediate CAE 7 Higher 92-112 Operational Professional C1
Intermediate FCE 6.5 Vantage 62-91 Vantage B2
Lower Intermediate PET 5 Preliminary 43-61 Threshold B1
Elementary KET 4   32-42 Waystage A2
Basic YLE 3.5     Breakthrough A1