IELTS Preparation

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses people’s language skills in order to study or work in countries where English is the primary language of communication. It employs a nine-band scale to clearly distinguish degrees of proficiency, ranging from non-user (band score 1) to expert (band score 9).

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

Academic – for individuals seeking further education or professional registration, and General Training – for those relocating to Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom, as well as those seeking secondary education, training programs, or job experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions measure the four language abilities of hearing, reading, writing, and speaking in a legitimate and accurate manner.

IELTS Academic

People looking for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking setting should take the IELTS Academic test. It tests if you are ready to begin studying or training by reflecting some of the characteristics of academic language. Institutions that recognize IELTS strongly promote this strategy.

IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training test is for students planning to study, work, or train in English-speaking nations. It’s also required for entry into Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The test focuses on basic survival abilities in a variety of social and professional settings.

IELTS Exam Pattern

Total Test Duration 2 hours 45 minutes


40 min


60 min


60 min


15 min

IELTS Test Format In Brief

Test Duration: 30 minutes

  • Candidates listen to four recordings and answer 10 objective questions from each recording in 30 minutes.
  • 1st Recording – Dialog in an everyday issue.
  • 2nd Recording – Monologue in a social issue.
  • 3rd Recording – Academic Discussion.
  • 4th Recording – Monologue in an academic issue.

Test Duration: 60 minutes

Academic Test

  • Reading Comprehension format.
  • Candidates will read three passages.
  • Length of each passage is of around 1000 words.
  • From each passage 12/14 objective questions.
  • Likewise, 40 questions to answer from 3 passages.
  • All answers need to be transferred in an answer sheet.

Test Duration: 60 minutes

academic test

task 1

  • Report Writing based on graphical figures.
  • More than 150 words of descriptive writing.
  • Suggested time: 20 minutes.

task 2

  • Essay Writing based on a given topic.
  • More than 250 words of Persuasive essay.
  • Suggested time: 40 minutes.

general test

task 1

  • Letter Writing.
  • More than 150 words of formal/semi-formal/informal letter.
  • Suggested time: 20 minutes.

task 2

  • Essay Writing based on a given topic.
  • More than 250 words of Persuasive essay.
  • Suggested time: 40 minutes.

Test Duration: 11 – 15 minutes

  • Conducted on a different day.
  • A one to one conversation in an interview format.
  • Face to face interaction with an oral examiner.
  • Part 1: General Introduction (4-5 minutes)
  • Part 2: The long turn. 2 minutes of uninterrupted speaking on a given topic
  • Part 3: Discussion. More abstract ideas (4 – 5 minutes)

How Do They Score?

Band score Skill level Description
Band 9 Expert user You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Band 8 Very good user You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7 Good user You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Band 6 Competent user Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5 Modest user You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Band 4 Limited user Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band 3 Extremely limited user You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2 Intermittent user You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1 Non-user You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 0 Did not attempt the test You did not answer the questions.

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