IELTS Exam 2024: IELTS Test Dates, Centres, Registration, Fees, Results & Score

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What is IELTS exam: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. The full form of the IELTS exam is the International English Language Testing System. The most popular countries where IDP IELTS is accepted for university admissions are studying in UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada. The IELTS exam measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic English language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

IELTS exam

Q:   What is IELTS exam all about?

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Conducted by IDP, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the world’s most popular English language proficiency tests for candidates looking to pursue higher education abroad and global migration. The IELTS exam is available in two formats. The IELTS Academic and the IELTS General. The IELTS Academic test is designed for candidates looking to pursue higher education across universities and colleges abroad. The IELTS General Test is for candidates who are looking to migrate to an English-speaking country such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the UK among others. The IELTS exam evaluates English speaking, writing, listening and reading skills of the candidate. Your total IELTS score will be a combination of the band scores from the four sections. You will receive IELTS scores based on each of the four skills on a band of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (example 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

 

Q:   Is it easy or tough to appear for IELTS exam?

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The IELTS exam is difficult for candidates who come unprepared to take the exam. IELTS test takers looking to take the IELTS exam are required to focus on speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in the English language. Candidates who practice speaking English regularly will find the IELTS English-speaking section easy. In the IELTS listening section, candidates are required to listen to what is being said and then answer the questions. Many people find the listening section tough especially if they have not come prepared. The IELTS writing section requires candidates to complete two writing tasks in under an hour. Candidates are required to complete Writing Task 1 in 20 minutes and Writing Task 2 in 40 minutes and also fulfil the word count. In the reading section, candidates are required to answer 40 questions in one hour and the vocabulary skills of the candidate are assessed.

 

Q:   What is the full form of the IELTS exam?

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The full form of the IELTS exam is the International English Language Testing System. The IELTS exam is conducted by IDP and is available in two formats. The IELTS Academic is for candidates looking to study abroad and the IELTS General Training is for aspirants who are looking to migrate to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. the main purpose of the IELTS is to evaluate a candidate’s abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking in the English language in under three hours.

 

IELTS 2024 Highlights

Exam Name

IELTS

IELTS full form

International English Language Testing System

Official Website

https://www.ielts.org/

Most popular for

Studying, working, and migrating to English-speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK

Also accepted by

Universities in Canada and USA

Conducted by

IDP Education Ltd.

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper–delivered test

IELTS Exam Fees

INR 17,000

Score Range

On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)

IELTS Contact

Head Office

Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor,

Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road,

Gurugram -122002 Haryana, India

Phone: 1800-102-4544 (Mon to Sat - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)

Email: ielts.india@idp.com

Q:   Why take the IELTS exam?

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Conducted by IDP - the IELTS exam is one of the most popular English language proficiency tests for candidates looking to study or migrate to English-speaking countries abroad. Candidates looking to pursue higher education abroad must apply for the IELTS Academic test. Candidates looking to travel abroad for work or migration will be required to go ahead and appear for the IELTS General Training Test. IELTS Academic scores also play an important role in the Student Visa application process. 

 

Q:   How many US Universiies are accepting IELTS exam scores?

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The IELTS exam is widely popular in many English-speaking countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia and the USA. A majority of US universities accept IELTS scores. Candidates can check on the university's official website or connect with our Shiksha Study Abroad counsellors to learn about English language requirements for universities across the USA.

 

Q:   Can I appear for IELTS exam after completing class 12th?

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Yes. Candidates looking to study undergraduate courses abroad can take the IELTS exam in their Class 12 or after completing their Class 12. IDP - the conducting body of the IELTS exam in India does not mention any eligibility criteria for candidates looking to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. However, it is recommended that test takers be 16 years and above to appear for the IELTS exam.  

 
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History of the IELTS Exam

Developed during the 1980s, the International English Language Testing System was first administered to students in 1989. British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and the International Development Program (IDP) of Australian Universities and Colleges were the creators and administrators of the IELTS exam. Recognizing the need for a standardized English proficiency test, these organizations created a system accepted by universities and immigration authorities globally.

The International Development Program (IDP) of Australian Universities and Colleges was solely responsible for conducting the exam at an international level. The IELTS had a four-model structure which assessed the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of the candidate and the test continues following an identical model.

Currently, the IELTS exam is attempted by over 2.5 million students across 140 countries annually, making it one of the world's most popular English language proficiency tests. The IELTS exam is available at over 1,100 test centers and is widely accepted by universities and other organizations in all of the major English-speaking countries.

What is IELTS?

The IELTS exam is one of the most popular English proficiency exams for students pursuing higher education abroad. Jointly owned by IDP IELTS and Cambridge University Press & Assessment, the IELTS 2024 exam in India is solely conducted by IELTS India. The full form of IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. The IELTS exam is available in two formats, the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. While the IELTS Academic is for candidates looking to pursue higher education abroad, the IELTS General Training is for candidates looking to migrate to English-speaking countries abroad. Read IELTS Academic vs IELTS General Training.

Q:   How is the IELTS exam conducted?

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The IELTS Academic is available to test takers in the computer-delivered format and the IELTS paper-delivered format. Test-takers who opt for the IELTS computer-based test take the Listening, Writing, and Reading sections of the exam on a computer. While test-takers who opt for the IELTS paper-based test are required to take the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections on paper with either HB pencils or a pen. The Speaking section for both formats of the test is conducted face-to-face with a professional IELTS examiner. Read the Difference Between IELTS on computer vs IELTS on paper.

 

Q:   What is IELTS Academic Test?

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The test has been designed to assess how ready students are to begin studying or training in an environment where English is a primary language of communication. There are four sections to the IELTS Academic exam - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are held on the same day, one after another, without any breaks. The Speaking test may be scheduled on the same day or any day up to a week before or after the test date. To book the Speaking test, candidates are required to book a slot online on their preferred date and time. If the candidate fails to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to them. The IELTS Academic is available on paper and computer-delivered modules and candidates can select any one based on their convenience. The IELTS Academic Fee is INR 16, 250 and the total duration of the IELTS Academic is 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

 

Q:   What are the different types of IELTS?

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The IELTS exam is available in two formats. They are the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Conducted by IDP, in the IELTS exam there are four papers Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking and Listening tests are the same in both formats of the IELTS exam, but the Reading and Writing tests are different. Both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training evaluate the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the English language of the candidates. The IELTS Academic test is suitable for candidates looking to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). The IELTS General Training test is suitable for candidates who are looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK among other countries.

 

Q:   What is IELTS General Training Test?

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The IELTS General Training is for candidates who are applying for secondary education, professionals seeking work experience and people seeking immigration to countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The IELTS General test has been designed to assess English language proficiency in a very everyday, practical context. There are four sections to the IELTS General Training exam - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are held on the same day one after another without any breaks. The Speaking test may be scheduled on the same day or any day up to a week before or after the test date. To book the Speaking test, candidates are required to book a slot online on their preferred date and time. If the candidate fails to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to them. The IELTS General Training is available on paper and computer-delivered modules and candidates can select any one based on their convenience. The IELTS General Training Fee is INR 16, 250 and the total duration of the IELTS General Training is 2 hours and 45 minutes

 

IELTS Full Form 2024

The IELTS full form is the International English Language Testing System more commonly referred to as the IELTS exam. The IELTS exam is one of the most popular English proficiency tests for Indian students looking to study abroad. The test is widely accepted across 140 countries including universities in Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Ireland - the IELTS exam evaluates the candidates on their English speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in an academic setting. 

Why IELTS Exam is required?

The IELTS 2024 exam is required for migration as well as academic purposes abroad in English-speaking countries like Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada. The IELTS exam is one of the English Language Tests approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants applying both outside and inside the UK. A lot of students get confused about the importance of IELTS scores. The simple answer to this is that foreign universities and visa-granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show a good understanding and strong command of the English language and that is why your overall IELTS band scores are so important.

Countries Accepting IELTS

Thousands of universities, educational institutions, and immigration authorities in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and many more recognize IELTS scores. Be sure to research the specific score requirements for your desired program or immigration path.

IELTS Score Requirement by Country

Country Minimum IELTS Score Requiremnent (student visa)
United Kingdom (UK) IELTS score requirement between 5.5 and 6.5 
Ireland 5.0 and above
Australia 5.5 and above
USA* 5.5 and above
Canada 6.0 and above

*While the U.S. has a general minimum IELTS score for student visas, individual schools may require a higher score.  Always confirm the English language proficiency requirements of your chosen university before applying.

Q:   Is it compulsory to appear for the IELTS exam to get admission in abroad?

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There are many students who find it difficult to crack the major tests to study abroad such as IELTS and TOEFL. One major question these students pose is that if these qualifying tests to study abroad are important to get admission in a foreign (English speaking) university. If you are from a non- english speaking country, it will be difficult for you to get admission in a University in an English speaking country without IELTS or TOEFL. The aim of asking for IELTS and TOEFL score is to make sure that the candidate can understand, read, write and speak English in an academic context. There are certain Universities and institutes that provides breather to the candidates. For example, in the Northwestern University Chicago, IELTS or TOEFL scores are not compulsory for the students applying for undergraduate courses who have completed at least three to four years of secondary education in English and have a score of 650 or above on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test. There are many Universities that make IELTS or TOEFL scores optional for the students who had their language of instruction English in their secondary school. Again, if you are from a non-English speaking country and have completed few years of full time studies in an English speaking country, you will be exempted from providing IELTS/TOEFL score. Also there are certain universities that exempt students from taking the tests if the top authorities from the last graduate school candidate attended certifies that the medium of instruction was English. However, the rules differ from country to country. The major English speaking counties like the US, the UK, Australia and Canada generally don’t compromise on the IELTS or TOEFL scores. Again, the score levels for each institute varies. While some Universities and institutes ask for high scores in IELTS and TOEFL for certain courses, the score requirements will be much lesser in other institutes.
 

Q:   What are the advantages of taking IELTS? Would it help in foreign studies?

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The IELTS Academic Test is taken by students who are looking to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate courses in universities and colleges in an English-speaking country. The advantages of taking the IELTS exam include:

  • The IDP IELTS test facility is available in over 140 countries thus providing you with maximum accessibility to the IELTS exam
  • The IELTS exam is accepted by over 11,000 organisations throughout the world
  • The IELTS scoring mechanism ensures that all tests are scored fairly and accurately. Candidates should note that scores of the  IELTS on Computer are delivered in 3 - 5 days and it takes 13 calendar days for IELTS Paper based scores to be made available to test takers.
  • IELTS Scores also add weight to your PR applications and prove to be helpful at every stage of your career
 

IELTS Eligibility 2024

IELTS 2024 can be taken by anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality, or religion as far as IELTS eligibility is concerned. However, the IELTS exam 2024 is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.

  • IELTS Eligibility: What is the IELTS Exam Age Limit?

The conducting body of the IELTS exam in India has not set any age limit for candidates looking to take the IELTS exam. However, the test is not recommended for candidates below 16 years. However, if they wish, they can also take the test.

  • IELTS Eligibility: Qualification for IELTS exam

As such, there are no prescribed qualifications for IELTS exam set by the conducting body, the conducting body of IELTS. Anyone who wishes to pursue higher studies abroad or wants to work abroad can attempt the IELTS exam (both Academic and General Training). However, candidates should always check the eligibility criteria set by the educational institution or organization to which they are applying.

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IELTS Registration 2024

IELTS Exam Registration: Candidates looking to take the IELTS exam are required to go ahead with their IDP IELTS registration on the official IDP IELTS India website. IELTS test takers can register for the IELTS exam online or visit their nearest IELTS test centre to book it offline. IELTS test takers are advised to keep their passports handy at the time of registration as they would need their passport numbers at the time of registration. Apart from this, they would also need to carry their passport on the test day. Those below 18 years of age need their parent or guardian to book the test for them. Once the IELTS exam registration is complete, your test centre will send a written confirmation to you informing you about the date and time of your IELTS test.

IDP IELTS Booking (IELTS slot booking)

How to Apply for IELTS Exam 2024: IELTS slot booking for students looking to take the IELTS exam typically starts with the candidate finding an IELTS Test Center in their preferred location. Test takers would be then required to check the available test dates and book their their IELTS slot by paying the IELTS registration fee. Test dates may vary depending on the location and demand. It is advisable to plan ahead and choose a date that allows sufficient time for preparation. Once the registration is complete and the payment has successfully gone through, candidates will receive a confirmation email or receipt containing their test date, time, and venue. It is important to keep this information safe for future reference. Remember to book your IELTS slot well in advance to secure your preferred test date and location, as popular dates can fill up quickly.

Q:   What are the steps involved in IELTS registration process?

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Candidates looking to go ahead with their IELTS exam registration are required to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Candidates are required to log into their IDP IELTS India website
  • They would be then required to select: 'Register for IELTS' to create their IDP IELTS Login
  • Candidates would be required to select their preferred test – computer-delivered IELTS/ paper-based IELTS exam
  • Candidates would be then required to select their test type/module – Academic or General Training for IELTS (be extremely careful while choosing the module you wish to take)
  • Candidates are required to pick their desired test location/city (from the available IELTS test centres in India)
  • On completion of the above-mentioned steps, candidates would find a list of dates available for their preferences. Select your desired date and time slot
  • Candidates would be required to fill up their details and complete their online application. Remember, you will also have to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your passport to complete the process
  • Candidates would be then required to select the list of colleges they would want to send their Test Report Form (TRF)
  • Candidates would be then required to pay the IELTS exam fee of INR 16,250
  • Review your details one last time before making payment.
  • Once your test date is booked, candidates will receive an acknowledgement on their registered email/phone number. For the Speaking test, you can book a slot online on your preferred date and time (Only applicable for Paper-based IELTS). If you fail to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to you.
 

IELTS Exam Fees 2024

The IELTS exam fees in India is INR 17,000. Candidates looking to take the IELTS exam are required to pay an IELTS Registration Fee of INR 17,000 every time they book their IELTS exam. Similarly, IELTS exam fees for Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI have been revised to INR 17,250. The IELTS exam fee for the IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) has been revised to  INR 16,050 and the exam fee for the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration has been updated to INR 17,250.

Candidates can check out the various IELTS Exam Fees in India below:

IELTS Exam - Type Updated IELTS Exam Fee 2024

IELTS Exam Fee 2024

(Pen and paper-based & Computer-delivered IELTS exam)

INR 17,000

IELTS for UKVI

INR 17,250

IELTS Life Skills

(A1 and B1)

INR 16,050

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration

INR 17,250

IELTS Exam Fee by City

IELTS exam fee Kolkata INR: 17,000
IELTS exam fee Chennai
IELTS exam fee Mumbai

Q:   What is the IELTS Cancellation Fee?

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Candidates looking to cancel their IELTS exam fee can check out the charges below:

  • If you cancel your IELTS application more than five weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus a 25% administrative fee.
  • If you cancel the IELTS exam less than five weeks ahead of the test date, you will receive no refund.
  • In case you fail to appear for the test, then also you will not receive any refund. This is also considered a cancellation.

Those who can produce a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date can receive a refund after deducting the local administrative cost.

 

Q:   What is IELTS Reschedule Fee?

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If you want to change your test date, then you can request a test day transfer at least five weeks before their already booked test date. Also, make sure the new test date must be within three months of the original test date. Candidates need to pay an administrative charge of INR 3,300 inclusive of all taxes for the transfer of the test date.

 

Q:   How much is the IELTS exam fee?

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Candidates looking to take the IELTS Academic are required to pay INR 16,250 as a registration fee. Candidates who are looking to take the IELTS General Test are required to pay INR 16,500 as registration fees.

 

Q:   What is IELTS Revaluation Fee?

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IELTS test takers who are not satisfied with their IELTS results can apply for an IELTS exam revaluation. Referred to as 'Enquiries on Results (EOR) - which means having your IELTS test re-marked. Candidates would be required to submit their EOR application online by visiting their candidate login section. No physical (offline) applications for EOR would be accepted. Test takers are required to raise this request within six weeks of their test date. Candidates can choose to have one or more parts of their test re-marked. The fee is the same regardless. Currently, the IELTS Exam Revaluation Fee is INR 12,200 (inclusive of all taxes). Note, candidates would be entitled to receive a full refund if their IELTS score is changed to a higher band score.

 

IELTS Exam Dates 2024

IELTS IDP India is the official conducting body of the IELTS. The IELTS test is available multiple times throughout the year. Candidates are advised to book an IELTS exam date 2024 that is most convenient to them, keeping in mind the university admission timeline. To avoid any last-minute error, students looking to appear for the IELTS are advised to choose an exam date 3-4 months before their application deadline. The IELTS centres are available across various major cities in India.

IELTS Centers in India

IELTS centers are spread across all major cities in India. The IELTS exam can be taken by you in 82 IELTS centers across India. You should choose your location wisely considering that your travel on the day of the exam should not be exhausting. Choose an IELTS center with minimal commuting time so that you can remain fresh for attempting the exam. With so many locations, it would be easy to find a test centre near your residential place. Remember, you need to book the IELTS exam center in advance according to your suitable time. 

Q:   Which Centre is best for IELTS exam?

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Currently, IDP has multiple IELTS test centes spread across 75 cities in India providing a seamless IELTS testing experience to candidates. The best IELTS center would be the one that is the nearest to the candidate and have his/her preferred date for the IELTS test. IELTS test centers are present in:

AhmedabadAmritsarIELTS Exam Centres in Bangalore
BhatindaBhopalBhubaneswar
CalicutChandigarhIELTS Test Centers and Exam Dates in Chennai
CoimbatoreDelhiIELTS Exam Centers in Hyderabad
JaipurJalandharKochi
KolkataKottayamLucknow
LudhianaMaduraiIELTS Test Center in Mumbai
Navi MumbaiPatialaPune
RaipurRajkotSurat
ThiruvananthapuramThrissurTrichy
Vijayawadan/an/a
 

IELTS 2024 Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates looking to score well in their IELTS Test to understand the IELTS Exam Pattern and IELTS Syllabus in detail. The IELTS Academic exam is designed to evaluate your English language proficiency for academic purposes, such as studying in an English-speaking university or institution. It assesses your ability to comprehend academic texts, communicate effectively in academic contexts, and engage in academic discussions.

Understanding the IELTS Test Format

The IELTS exam comes in two formats: Academic and General Training. Both formats assess your Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills, but with slight variations in content and purpose.

  • IELTS Academic: This format caters to students aiming for higher education in English-speaking countries.
  • IELTS General Training: This format suits individuals seeking work visas, immigration purposes, or professional registration in an English-speaking environment.

Here is the IELTS Exam pattern – At a Glance

The IELTS Exam consists of four sections:

IELTS exam pattern

IELTS Test Format

The IELTS exam assesses your English language skills across four core modules. Let's explore each module in detail:

1. Listening (Approximately 30 minutes):

  • This module evaluates your ability to comprehend spoken English in various accents and contexts (lectures, conversations, monologues).
  • Expect to answer multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and complete tasks based on the recordings.

2. Reading (Approximately 60 minutes)

  • The Reading module tests your comprehension skills by presenting a variety of academic and general texts.
  • You'll be challenged to identify the main idea, supporting details, and specific information within the passages through a range of question formats.

3. Writing (Approximately 60 minutes)

  • This module assesses your written English skills in terms of task achievement, grammar, vocabulary, and coherence.
  • Prepare to tackle two writing tasks: a descriptive response and a more analytical or persuasive approach.

4. Speaking (Approximately 11-14 minutes)

  • The Speaking module evaluates your spoken English fluency and communication skills in a one-on-one interview setting.
  • Expect an introductory conversation, questions about familiar topics, and a discussion of a specific topic in some detail.

IELTS Test Format - Overview

Module with Time Description Task Types

Listening

30 minutes

Evaluates comprehension of spoken English in various accents and contexts. Multiple choice, short answer, and completion tasks

Reading

60 minutes

Tests comprehension skills using academic and general texts. Identifying main ideas, details, specific information

Writing

60 minutes

Assesses written English skills in task achievement, grammar, vocabulary, and coherence. Descriptive response, analytical/persuasive response

Speaking

11-14 minutes

Evaluates spoken English fluency and communication in a one-on-one interview. Introductory conversation, familiar topics, detailed discussion

IELTS Syllabus 2024

IELTS Syllabus 2024: The IELTS Syllabus includes four sections, Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Students get marked on these four sections and get the IELTS total score as well. Aspirants show know how to approach each section of the IELTS. The total score is the sum of the scores in the four skill areas. The total test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The IELTS Academic exam consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Here's a brief description of each section:

  1. IELTS Listening Section (approximately 30 minutes): This section assesses your ability to understand spoken English through a range of recordings, including conversations, monologues, and lectures.
  2. IELTS Reading Section (60 minutes): The reading section evaluates your reading comprehension skills by presenting a variety of texts, such as articles, essays, and graphs. The texts are academic in nature and are taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  3. IELTS Writing Section (60 minutes): The writing section consists of two tasks. Task 1 requires you to summarize, describe, or explain visual information, such as graphs, charts, or diagrams. Task 2 is an essay where you respond to a given prompt and present arguments or express your opinion on a topic.
  4. IELTS Speaking Section (11-14 minutes): The speaking section assesses your ability to communicate orally in English. It consists of a face-to-face interview with an examiner and includes a variety of questions and tasks related to personal experiences, opinions, and abstract topics.

IELTS Syllabus 2024 - Overview

Section Description Time
Listening Understand spoken English through recordings 30 minutes
Reading Read and comprehend academic texts 60 minutes
Writing Summarize information & write an essay 60 minutes
Speaking Communicate orally in English (interview) 11-14 minutes

IELTS Preparation Tips 2024

There are two ways to prepare for IELTS: one is self-study and another is attending coaching classes. Which way you will choose depends on your language proficiency and comfort level. If you are already fluent in English, you need not attend coaching classes, you can prepare for the exam on your own. You just need to figure out when to start preparing for IELTS.

Also, if money is an important consideration, then self-study is a better option. However, remember that in order to study on your own, you need to refer to the best IELTS preparation material available on our website for the exam. On the other hand, if you do not have enough time and you need professional supervision for the exam preparation then coaching classes are a good option. Since regularly attending classes will become part of your routine, your time will be better managed. Still, have doubts in mind? Read the IELTS FAQs to learn more about the IELTS exam 2025.

How to prepare for the IELTS exam?

Now that you understand the format, here are some valuable tips to help you excel in each module:

  1. Identify Your Target Score: Research the minimum IELTS score required by your chosen university or immigration program.
  2. Official Resources: Explore the official websites for comprehensive information on the exam format, sample tests, and registration procedures.
  3. Practice Makes Perfect: Utilize official IELTS practice tests, online resources, and preparation books tailored to each module.
  4. Embrace New Vocabulary: Expand your English vocabulary by reading extensively, using flashcards, and incorporating new words into your daily communication.
  5. Master Time Management: Practice completing tasks within the allotted time during each module to ensure you efficiently manage your test time.
  6. Seek Expert Guidance: Consider enrolling in an IELTS preparation course or seeking assistance from an English language tutor for personalized guidance.

Ready to Take the Challenge?

With dedication, the right resources, and a structured approach, you can achieve your desired IELTS score. Remember, consistent practice and a focus on building your English language skills are key to unlocking your future with confidence.

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IELTS Books

Given below are some of the top IELTS books for candidates looking to appear for the IELTS exam. 

  • The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS by Cambridge University Press
  • Cambridge IELTS Academic 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 by Cambridge University Press
  • Road to IELTS (Free online resource) by the British Council
  • Official IELTS Practice Materials 2 with DVD by Cambridge ESOL
  • IELTS Superpack by BARRON'S

IELTS Mock Test

While preparing for the exam, you would need to know how far you have reached. Knowing where you stand would help you move further with your preparation. Hence, it is suggested that you keep on taking the IELTS mock test and IELTS practice test 2024 now and then. It would also help in preparing you for facing and handling the question paper well, without panicking on the day of the exam. 

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Q:   Can I crack the IELTS exam in 15 days?

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The duration of the IELTS preparation would depend on the English knowledge of the candidates. Candidates who have a good understanding of the English language would require less duration as compared to weak candidates. During the 15 days of IELTS preparation, make sure that you solve as many sample questions and sample PDFs as possible. Since the time is short, you must understand how to attempt the test. The task is achievable, and with hard work and focus, you will be able to crack the IELTS in 15 days. Candidates can take the IELTS Academic from an IELTS-designated test center or opt for the IELTS Online exam. Candidates would be required to pay an IELTS exam fee of INR 16, 250.

 

Q:   Is it easy or tough to appear for IELTS exam?

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Hi, If you have studied English as part of School/University, and can comfortably handle language in everyday situations, IELTS is not challenging at all. However, preparation is the key. Because it involves understanding format and exam rules. Also you should know why exactly you are taking up the exam as it will help you GET an idea about the minimum eligibility for overall IELTS and each of the categories of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You might want to move to another country, or do your studies etc. Minimum eligibility varies based on reason, country and college too sometimes. Take about 3 months - 5 months to prepare thoroughly. The idea is to be in regular touch with the exam with weekly exhausting practices rather than just giving it 5 months overall.
 

Q:   What are IELTS Exam Day Tips?

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Each exam has its own preparation technique, which also changes the treatment of exam day. Planning your exam day and preparing for strategies to crack the question paper is equally essential as studying for the exam is. Therefore, it is as important to be exam-day-ready as it is to be prepared with its syllabus. Check out the IELTS exam day tips before you go to the examination hall.

 

IELTS 2024 Result

You do not have long to wait for your results as IELTS results are released within a week (online) or 13 calendar days (offline) after you sit for the test. You will receive an email when your scores are available. You can log into your IELTS account on the official website to see your scores. Read: IELTS One Skill Retake

IELTS Cut-Off

IELTS has been designed to assess the English language skills of students at all levels. Hence, students can never fail the test. The IELTS score is based on each of the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and students would also be awarded an overall band score. Candidates are reminded that the IELTS cut off score varies for different colleges and programmes that students are interested in and not all universities and programmes require candidates to qualify for the IELTS exam. Your overall IELTS band score is important if you intend to apply for university, take up a job or immigrate to an English-speaking country.

IELTS and the CEFR

To help test users understand the relationship between IELTS band scores and the six CEFR levels, Cambridge English has conducted multiple studies to map the IELTS 9-band scale to the CEFR, drawing on the interrelationship between IELTS and CEFR. Test takers should note that IELTS band scores have never aligned exactly with the CEFR transition points. 

IELTS Scores Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Description
9 C2 Proficient User
8 C1
7.5
7
6.5 B2 Independent User
6
5.5
5 B1
4.5
4 A2 Basic User

IELTS Score Requirements: Countries with highest average scores (Academic)

Country Highest average scores (Academic)
Germany 7.4
Greece 7.0
Canada 6.9
Spain 6.9
Malaysia 6.9

Q:   How is IELTS Scored?

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IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. Your total IELTS score will be a combination of the band scores from the four sections. You will receive IELTS scores based on each of the four skills on a band of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (example 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test. You need to have some idea about how the scoring pattern works to better understand how your IELTS score will be calculated.

 

Q:   What is an 8777 score in IELTS?

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After the completion of your IELTS exam, you will receive IELTS band scores for each of the four sections on a band of 1 – 9. Broadly speaking, 8 777 is when a candidate gets an 8 Band Score in the Listening Section, and a 7 Band score in all the other sections - Reading, Writing and Speaking sections. The 8777 band score is mostly relevant for skilled immigrants who want to settle permanently in Canada and apply through Express Entry. Candidates can know more about 8777 in IELTS on our website.

 

Q:   Which are the good countries I may get admission with 5.5 IELTS score?

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An IELTS band score between 5.0 and 5.5 is considered a modest score. And will not make you eligible to apply to Tier I universities abroad. Students should note that English language scores are university specific. So while your English language scores would be required as part of your student visa application, however, they are an integral part of your university admission requirements. An IELTS band score of 5.0 – 5.5 will not make you eligible for top-ranking universities. However, with an IELTS 5.5 band score, you will be eligible to select a few universities in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Singapore among others. Candidates can check out universities accepting a 5.5 band scale using our score filter here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ms-in-computer-science-engineering-from-abroad-ds11509277

 

Q:   What are IELTS Band Scores?

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The table mentioned below shows how to read the IELTS score banding

Band

Skill Level

Description

Band 9Expert userHas fully operational command of the language
Band 8Very good user

Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies

Band 7Good userHas operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations
Band 6Competent user

Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations

Band 5Modest userHas partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes
Band 4Limited userHave frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language
Band 3Extremely limited userConveys and understands the only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns occur in communication
Band 2Intermittent userHas great difficulty understanding spoken and written English
Band 1Non-userEssentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words
Band 0Did not attempt the testNo assessable information provided
 

Q:   Is 7 a good IELTS band score?

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Yes. If you score 7.0 or above in the IELTS examination, your score is considered a good score. Scoring 7.0 or above puts you in a safe zone where you clear cut-offs of most of the universities that require an IELTS score as proof of English-language proficiency. Getting a high score also helps you score well in the Canada Express Entry Pool, thereby increasing your chances of getting a PR. Hence, your aim must be to score as high as possible in any exam. Even though scoring high does not guarantee you a position in the top Universities, it improves your chances.

 

Q:   Is an IELTS Band Score of 7.5 good?

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An IELTS band score of 7.5 is considered an above-average or good enough score and is an acceptable score in countries such as the UK and the USA. Candidates are already aware that the total band score is the aggregate of the IELTS band scores received in all sections of the IELTS exam, reading, listening, speaking and writing. So candidates looking to get a band score of 7.5 in IELTS should focus on their IELTS Listening and Speaking sections. Candidates should work on their IELTS Sample Papers and improve their weak sections.

 

Q:   What is the IELTS exam passing score?

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There is no pass or fail in the IELTS exam. Students taking the IELTS exam are graded on their performance in the IELTS test using Bands from 1 – 9 for each skill of the test: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Candidates would also receive an overall band score which would be the average of all the individual scores received by the candidate and rounded to the nearest half band. The IELTS exam does not have a passing score. Universities abroad would have an IELTS minimum score requirement which is often referred to as the IELTS cut-off. This is the minimum score that candidates need to achieve to apply to the university. Candidates should note that getting the minimum IELTS score does not guarantee admission to the university. Candidates are required to score higher than the expected IELTS cut-off.

 

Q:   When will my IELTS exam results be available?

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Once you are done with the IELTS, then comes your wait for the result. The good thing about these exams is that the results are usually declared within a fortnight. In this case, if you have given the computer-based exam, your results will be declared within 3-5 days or within a week.

  • Offline Mode: For offline or paper-based tests, you will receive your results within 13 calendar days from the day of your exam.
  • Online Mode: Candidates will receive the results of computer-delivered tests within 3-5 days. On the day of your result, you will receive an intimation from your Test Centre about the results. You can simply log in with your ID, password, passport number, and test date information to view your result. From the time of declaration of the result, your results will be available online for the next 28 days
 

Q:   What is the validity of an IELTS certificate?

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From the time you obtain your IELTS result, your IELTS score is valid for two years.

Q:   Which are the colleges accepting IELTS exam?

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Taking the IELTS exam opens doors of opportunities! More than 11,000 organizations across 140 countries accept IELTS. These include professional organizations, schools, colleges, and universities. This test will clearly monitor the use of the English language by the aspirant at work, and study, which reflects how the aspirant will manage communication abroad. It is the most popular English language test with more than 3 million IELTS exams being taken every year.

 

Q:   What are the Countries accepting IELTS Scores?

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IELTS exam score is accepted in more than 140 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Canada. Whether it is for study, work or immigration, you can sit for IELTS and with a good score apply to your favourite country. It is advisable to check the university/country requirements for IELTS before sitting for the exam.

 

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Moriom

3 weeks ago

Hello? USA? 11? 100%? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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Tajkia Sultana

2 months ago

Hii, I want to complete my Bachelors in Malaysia from Bangladesh. But I am not understanding which books to choose for taking preparation as I want to take preparation at home.Pls help me to choose the best books and let me know if there is any free-student scholarship in Malaysia.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a month ago

Hello Tajkia. I would highly recommend that you opt for books/ study material that is available on the official website of IDP - the conducting body of the IELTS exam. The books would have the latest syllabus and cover everything you would need to know to ace your IELTS exam.

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TOM Titus

6 months ago

Hi I have a query. I completed my 12th on 2017 and I been working from 2018 to 2023 can I get admission on Diploma course

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

5 months ago

Hello Tom. Admission processes are university-specific. And since you have been working from 2018 to 2023 - this would only add to your resume as work experience. You can also look for assistance with university admissions from our counsellors here.

Hello shiksha I just finish my B A in political science. I want to study abroad now? Can I complete MA here. And then what kind of work will I get. I would be very happy if you answer. Thank you

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hello Mustafijur. If you are looking for assistance with applying to universities abroad. Get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad Counsellors and book a counselling session absolutely free, Click Here

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Aditi

a year ago

Hi Shiksha Study Abroad, I have a query, I completed my bachelors in the year 2020 with first division, so can I apply on the basis of MOI?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hello Aditi. Thank you for writing in. A Medium of Instruction Certificate (MOI) is accepted proof of English proficiency. However, whether your preferred university/ college would be considering the MOI is something you will have to check. This is entirely at the discretion of the university and th

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