10 facts about IELTS

Students will have to take the IELTS exam if they are planning to study abroad in English speaking countries such as The UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. IELTS forms part of the immigration and visa process in many caese as well as being used as part of the university admissions process.

10 facts you should know about IELTS

1. IELTS is the International English Language Testing System

2. The IELTS exam is a highly respected language proficiency test and IELTS results are recognized by more than 8,000 different organizations worldwide

3. The IELTS exam is designed and administered by University of Cambridge, The British Council, and IDP Education Australia.

4. The IELTS exam consists of four different sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

5. There are two different tests. You can choose to do IELTS General Training or Academic IELTS

6. General Training IELTS is normally required for students going to an English speaking country for migration, work or to participate in work related training. Academic IELTS is normally required for students who wish to study in an English speaking country

7. Listening and Speaking sections for both types of IELTS exam are the same. Writing and Reading sections are different.

8. The duration of the IELTS exam is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Each section of the exam has its own time limit:
  • - Listening section 30 minutes
    - Reading section 60 minutes
    - Writing section 60 minutes
    - Speaking section 11-14 minutes

9. The speaking section is a one-to-one interview with an IELTS examiner. Each candidate is assessed by the examiner while they are speaking. For security and quality monitoring purposes – each IELTS speaking interview is recorded.

10. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert User) — acceptable score for admission to universities abroad are normally 5.5 and 7.0 depending on the individual educational institution.