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The IELTS exam consists of 4 components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Listening Module-Overview

Test format
IELTS Listening has four sections, each with 10 items (or questions). When the tape ends, ten minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers onto an Answer Sheet.

Approximately 30 minutes plus 10 minutes transfer time.


Each question carries one mark, giving a total of 40 marks.
Listening texts
The first two sections are concerned with social needs. The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts.

Each section is played ONCE only. The recordings include a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand and American.

Reading Module-Overview

Module format
IELTS Academic Reading has 3 passages and 40 items (questions). Each item is worth one mark.

Answer format
Candidates record their responses on Answer Sheets.

Timing IELTS reading takes 60 minutes. No extra time is given to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet. The passages used in the test are based on authentic texts, and are taken from sources such as magazines, journals, books and newspapers.

The total word count for 3 passages is between 2000 and 2750 words.

Writing Module-Overview

Test format
There are two tasks. Candidates should spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2. Task 2 is worth more marks than Task 1.

Task 1(General module) Candidates are asked to write an informal or formal letter of approximately 150 words. Task 1 (Academic) Candidates are asked to summarize the information found in the graph or table or map or pie charts and compare the information where ever it is relevant.

Task 2
Candidates are asked to write a discursive essay of approximately 250 words.

Candidates are given 60 minutes to complete both tasks Speaking Module-Overview

General Points
An interview takes place between one examiner and one candidate for between 11 and 14 minutes. The candidate’s speaking ability is assessed on fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation.

Speaking test format
Part 1
Examiner and candidate introduce themselves, candidate answers general questions on familiar topics e.g. family, job, studies, hobbies, likes and dislikes etc.about 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2
Candidate asked to speak on a given topic (information is written on a task card) for 1-2 minutes. One minute of preparation in which the candidate can make notes, and then give response after the signal.
Part 3
Discussion on more abstract issue related to the chosen topic in part 2 of the test. about 4 to 5 minutes


The Academic Module is for candidates wishing to study or work in the medium of English at an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level.

The General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre regarding his choice of the test i.e. Academic or General Module. Centres are not responsible for providing this information.

The General Training Reading and Writing sub tests are less demanding than the corresponding Academic Module sub-tests, but the listening and speaking sub-tests are the same for both modules.

You will be given a mark between 0-9 for each of the 4 sub-test. Your Overall Band Score is an average of the 4 sub test band scores with fractional scores rounding up or down to the nearest half / full band. You will receive your results within 2 weeks from the date of the test. If you want to take the examination again you can book in the next available schedule. There is no limit for the number of times you can sit for the IELTS examination. The exam scores are valid for two years.

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