International English Language Testing System

International Level Exam

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About the Test

Study Level
Under Graduate / Post Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
British Council / IDP/ University of Cambridge

It is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia.

IELTS is the world’s proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organizations in over 135 countries.
Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes

  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies and employers

Test Format

Section Description Duration
Listening 30 mins
Students listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and the student can hear each section only once. Section 1:
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency.
Section 2:
A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Section 3:
A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
Section 4:
A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Reading 60 mins
The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose. Reading - Academic version:
The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are recognisably appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.

Reading - General Training version:
The General Training version requires students to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials one is likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.
Writing 60 mins
The Writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for candidates entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Task 1:
Students are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in their own words. They may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

Task 2:
Students are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
Speaking 11-14 mins
The Speaking component assesses the student's use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand. Part 1:
Students answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2:
Students are given a card which asks them to talk about a particular topic. They will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. 
examiner then asks ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.

Part 3:
Students are asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give students the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue. The part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

How the tests are scored?

  • Band scores are recorded on a Test Report Form.
  • This shows overall ability as well as performance in listening, reading, writing and speaking bands range from 1 through to 9 an expert user.
  • Institutions normally stipulate the minimum band score they require.

Test dates Available here


  • Test results can be accessed online 13 days after the written test date (i.e. after 12 noon on Friday of the following week if the test was on a Saturday)
  • One other original copy is sent directly to the educational institution of the student's choice, as specified on his/her application

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Test Format

165 Minutes

Duration of Test

48-50 Times

Frequency per year

0 - 9

Score Range

2 Years

Test Score Validity



  • IELTS is an eligibility test for candidates who want to migrate to English speaking countries.
  • It is recommended for students applying to study in UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and US
  • Students under the age of 16 cannot take the IELTS
  • Anyone can take the IELTS test, there is no minimum education qualification required for taking the test.

Application Fees

The British Council India offers IELTS tests at 38 locations across India. Registrations are centralised and are processed at the British Council offices in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

IELTS Test Fee : INR 11,100

The details of the exact location of the test venue address and timings are provided in students' Hall ticket and the Test Details letter reach them at least five days before the test.

Once students have completed the online registration process, they can send the following documents within 3 working days:
If they pay online
- A copy of the email confirming that they have been registered online.
- Two passport sized colour photographs
- A photocopy of the student's valid passport

If the student is paying through DD or Cash
- A copy of the email confirming that they have been registered online.
- Two passport sized colour photographs
- A photocopy of their valid passport.
- The evidence of their payment made (either the demand draft or the ‘British Council Copy’ of the ICICI Deposit slip after payment has been made).




Students Appeared Last year

Application Process

Registration Online:
Register using the IELTS Online Registration System to reserve a place on the date of your choice. The online registration system provides students an overview of test dates and real time availability.

  • Click on IELTS Online Registration
  • Select the country/test centre
  • Select the test date and enter personal details
  • Transfer the test fee immediately after registration. Students receive the bank details and further instructions in a summary at the end of their online application process
  • After the student has completed the application online, he/she receives an automatic email confirming his/her registration. Once he/she receives it he must submit the following documents within 3 days:

                        1. Two passport sized photographs (your face clearly visible, glasses removed),
                        2. Copy of your identification documents (National ID and Passport), (with the original).
                        3. IELTS fee paid in cash/ cheque

  • A confirmation e-mail is sent on receipt of the above documents.
  • Final confirmation letter: Students receive a confirmation letter by e-mail 2 weeks before the test date with details of exam address and times.

At the British Council

  • Check availability of preferred test date with Customer Service Officer
  • Complete the Online Application Form.
  • Show a valid passport or a National Identity Card. A copy is attached to the application form
  • Two recent passport sized photographs with white background,
Materials allowed in the test room
  • valid ID
  • a pencil/pen/highlighter
  • an eraser
  • a bottle of water
  • Student are not allowed to bring any food, electronic devices e.g. mobile phones, electronic translators, to the exam room. If any of these items are found in students are disqualified.


  • At 9 am the test starts with a welcome and a short introduction from the supervisor.
  • Please note that there are no breaks between the first three parts of the test.

Note: Please note that at this time, the IELTS fee is payable in cash and cheque only

Candidate can check the dates from here.

Visit Test application page


Time required for preparation

1 month / 3 months

Books for preparation

Book Name Author
Official IELTS Practice Materials 1 Cambridge ESOL
Official IELTS Practice Materials 2 Cambridge ESOL
The Ultimate Guide to IELTS Speaking Parthesh Thakkar
Barrons IELTS New Age International
Cambridge IELTS Cambridge ESOL

Preparation Tips

The IELTS syllabus requires that the test takers have a large vocabulary in English. They can do this by learning new words and learning how to use them. They need to learn grammar, if not in detail, then at least enough to use correct English in everyday situations. The IELTS syllabus also includes reading and comprehending texts in English. They should develop the confidence to speak in English on common topics, as conversing well is a part of the IELTS syllabus. They can take a prep course or engage a tutor, or they can study on their own.

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