IELTS - An overview

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as the name suggests is the internationally recognised standard English language proficiency testing exam for those who aspires to study or work in the countries, where English is the first or the primary language for general and official communication. It is an exam that is conducted across the globe by British Council, UK and IDP, Australia. It takes place at more than 1,100 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA and there are 48 test dates annually for açademic IELTS, however for the general training version,the test is available on 24 dates only. The two formats of IELTS are – academic and general.

IELTS - Academic Module

The exam pattern is more advanced . This version is more often used to determine whether a candidate is qualified to enroll in any academic course/ programme offered at undergraduate and graduate levels in the institutions where English is the medium of instruction. It is also used to test the proficiency required for professional engagements in the English speaking countries.

IELTS - General Training Module

The exam is a much simpler test. It focuses on basic proficiency levels and is to assess the basic command over the language needed for day-to-day survival and correspondence in social and educational contexts. It is generally requested for candidates applying for immigration, especially in countries like – Australia, Canada and UK amongst the array of others.
It is primarily taken by candidates who are looking to take up jobs, or studying at a non-degree level.
The main difference between the two modules is in the reading and writing sections.

IELTS Exam Structure

1. Reading Section : 3 reading passages. Time Allotted – 20 mins. for each section.
2. Listening Section : 4 Section, Time Allotted – 30 mins.
3. Speaking Section : Time Allotted – 11 to 15 mins -starting with the basic introduction. In second phase, the candidates are given ‘cue-cards’ where they are expected to speak on the given (generic) subject followed by the examiner’s cross-examination regarding the same in the last segment of the speaking test.
4. Writing Section : 2 Sections – Time Allotted – 20 mins for 1 section and 40 mins for other section.

Total duration of test : 2 hours, 45 minutes
Nature of Exam :Paper Based Test (PBT) & Computer Based Test (CBT)
Total Score : 9.0 bands is the highest score.
Score Validity : 2 Years
Score Reporting: Applicants can report their IELTS score to maximum of 5 universities as per the STED RO list, free of cost after receiving the IELTS result.


Comprehensive Teaching Modules –

  • 25 full-length teaching sessions.
    More than 40+ dedicated class hours, focusing on each
    segment of learning.
  • Two Full – length mock test, comprising of all four sections,
    to give real time IELTS experience to the students. IELTS experience to the students.
  • Structured classes to cater to different sections and individual candidate’s requirement in each section – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Quick tips&tricks and stretegic approach to score higher bands in each session individually.

Cambridge certified trainer and expert faculty members -

  • Professionally certified IELTS trainers with high scores in IELTS.
  •  Long experience in training the students for IELTS with number of positive testimonials to credit.
  • Personal attention to each student,doubt solving sessions and one-on-one speaking test mock practice sessions.

Exclusively structured programme and study material -

  • Official Cambridge study material
  •  Listening audios for practices.
  •  Work sheets for additional practice and assignments
    to supplement.
By now, you are clear that taking IELTS test is a prerequisite for going abroad to study. This test is all about one’s proficiency in the said language and the strategy you undertake while preparing for the test. Most students now are confused about how to get started , so we are just giving you the basic tips and tricks to get acquint you with the pattern and also to give you a sneak-peek into our preperation modules. First nd foremost practice and enhance your listening, writing, reading, and speaking skills.

A. Listening

In the test you will get recordings to listen to, and that too in different accents like American, British, Australian, and so on. Thus include variety of listening modules, right from watching movies to Netflix shows to English news channels etc..,. You need to tune your ears to different English accents so that you can comprehend them easily without getting confused on the test day.
These recordings will be of increasing difficulty level and will be in the different settings , for instance – monologue, a group talk, a social address, etc.,. So, you have to ensure to that you practice listening on the daily basis and cover wide range of subjects. You also need to learn to take quick mental notes and gist of what you are listening to.

B. Writing

For IELTS writing test you need to spruce up your writing skills and habit. Practice writing fast and avoid any grammatical or syntax errors, especially avoid using internet jargons and slangs.
Focus on vocabulary building by reading as many books and articles from as many varied genres as you can. Practice writing regularly and summarising different graphs/charts/ datas.
In the IELTS test, it is advisable to attempt the writing task 2 first and then the section comprising of the description of a given figure or graph. This is simply because an essay takes more time to complete, so it is better in terms of time management.

C. Reading:

You will get three(generic) passages to read in the IELTS test and 60 minutes to read and attempt all the questions, so basically reading speed matters a lot. To practice reading section you have to simply read a considerable amount daily.
Enhancing the lexical resources is crucial to easily understand the vocabulary and the flow of the passages. You can build up a rich vocabulary by reading newspapers, magazines, novels, blogs daily.
D. Speaking:
Prepare your basic introduction first and be comfortable in your skin. Prepare general topics and learn to speak on any given subject, you will be asked to present your views on any topic, as given in the ‘cue card’ and the motive is to just assess your proficiency over the English language and your ability to make a person understand your view point.
Get over your inhibitions and coyness ,if any, while speaking.
Practice speaking to family members, friends, and even in front of the mirror in the English language confidently. Focus on areas like voice modulation, pronunciation, body language and punctuations.
Speak in your own accent, don’t fake any other accent to impress the examiner. This may curtail off your marks.

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