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IELTS - International English Language Testing System

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Administered by

British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English

Required for

Working, living and studying in an English-speaking country such as Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK
 

Validity:

2 years
 

Reporting:

If taken at a test centre, IELTS scores can be requested to be sent to five organizations free of cost and on a small administration fee, to more than five organizations. If taken online, the scores can be sent to as many organizations as one wishes free of cost.
 

Registration:

Online, Phone, Mail
 

Fees:

Rs. 15,500
 

Forms:

Forms, for both physical and online tests, are available on the official IELTS website: https://www.ielts.org/for-test-takers/book-a-test
 

Selection of preferred test type:

computer-delivered/online or paper-based/physical
 

Selection of test type/module:

Computer-delivered/online or paper-based/physical
 

Selection of test location, date and time:

Uploading a clear, scanned colour copy of one’s passport Payment via Netbanking, Debit/Credit card and Paytm For the Speaking test, one can book a slot online on one’s preferred date and time (for a paper-based test).
 

Centres:

Kolkata, Bangalore, Karnal, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Ambala, Patiala, Vijayawada, Mehsana, Indore, Angamaly, Tiruchirappalli, Kottayam, Vizag, Rajkot, New Delhi, Moga, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Kollam, Surat, Kochi, Trichur, Bhopal, Amritsar, Pune, Coimbatore, Noida, Vadodara, Navi Mumbai, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rudrapur, Bhatinda, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Gurgaon, Ludhiana, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mangalore, Calicut, Anand, Madurai, Trichur, Trivandrum
 

Confirmation:

Once the test date is booked, one will receive an acknowledgement on their registered email/phone number.
 

Rescheduling:

The test can be rescheduled at any time before the date of the test. However, depending on the proximity to the test date, it may be treated as a cancellation instead. One must select a test date, where available, within three months from the original test date. If one’s preferred test date is more than three months after their original test date then their transfer will be treated as a cancellation. One can only transfer the same booking once.
 

Cancellation:

Cancellation can be done at any point of time before the date of the test. One needs to notify the test centre. Refunds will depend on when one cancels and if any exceptional circumstances apply (such as medical conditions, bereavement, trauma, other hardships & military service). One may make a case for exceptional circumstances to their Test Centre before the test and up to five calendar days after the test date if one did not attend the test. One’s Test Centre will respond within seven working days of receiving their case in writing. One’s Test Centre will assess the case for exceptional circumstances. All cases for exceptional circumstances and supporting evidence must be received by one’s Test Centre before or no later than five calendar days after the scheduled test date. If one’s Test Centre approves their case, they will receive a refund. The test may be cancelled by the IELTS test centre itself due to reasons such as extreme weather conditions, civil unrest, natural disasters, pandemic, industrial action or reasons of force majeure. One’s Test Centre will provide them with as much notice as possible and give them the choice of either a full refund or, a transfer to a future test date convenient to them. Different policy terms apply if one is taking IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills.
 

Mode:

Computer-delivered/online or paper-based/physical.
 

Number of tests:

No limit to the number of tests one can give in a year.
 

Score:

IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). All formats of IELTS use the same scoring system. The Test Report Form provides one’s overall band score and band scores for each of the four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The overall band score is the average of the four section scores, rounded to the nearest whole or half band. The sections’ scores are weighted equally. The four sections of an IELTS test: Listening: 40 questions of one mark each Reading: 40 questions of one mark each Writing (Task Achievement/Task 1, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy): Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score Speaking (Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Pronunciation): Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score
 

The IELTS Scale:

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading.
Band ScoreSkill LevelDescription
9Expert userThe test taker has a fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8Very good userThe test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
7Good userThe test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6Competent userThe test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5Modest userThe test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4Limited userThe test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3Extremely limited userThe test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2Intermittent userThe test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1Non-userThe test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0Did not attempt the testThe test taker did not answer the questions.

The tables below indicate the average number of marks required to achieve a particular band score in Listening, Academic Reading and General Training Reading.

Listening
Band ScoreRaw score out of 40
516
623
730
835
Academic Reading
Band ScoreRaw score out of 40
515
623
730
835
General Training Reading
Band ScoreRaw score out of 40
415
523
630
734
838

Benefits of a high IELTS score:

  • It will help in academic/training courses that require a high linguistic demand It will help increase visa application acceptance The above information is acquired from the official IELTS website. For more information, please contact us or visit the website: https://www.ielts.org

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