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All You Need to Know About IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is establish in order to help an individual to work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. Individual ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. Over 3.5 million tests are taken annually.

This blog covers all the major points which you need to know about IELTS. 

BLOG CONTAINS

  • IELTS Exam Requirements
  • IELTS Modules
  • IELTS Exam Parts
  • IELTS Exam Covers
  • IELTS Exam Dates
  • IELTS Passing Score Grid
  • IELTS Exam Format
  • IELTS Preparation
  • IELTS Result
  • Location and Fee
  • IELTS Result Validity
  • FAQs

IELTS Exam Requirements

The Requirements for the IELTS exam across the globe is that a candidate needs to be at least 16 years, there is no upper age limit fixed. Anybody aged 16 or above can take this examination, irrespective of their gender, nationality, or background. Exceptions are only made when a school needs the IELTS scores for admission purposes.

IELTS Modules 

IELTS contain 2 different type of modules, individual should select the module accordingly.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic measures the level of English language proficiency whether it is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates either the individual is ready to begin training or studying.

Take this test if one wants to:

Study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world

Apply for Student Route visa (Tier 4) at a university that is a Student route (Tier 4) Sponsor in the UK

Work in an English-speaking country for a professional organization.

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. This exam reflects both workplace and social situations.

Take this test if one wants to:

Study or train below degree level

Work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country

Emigrate to an English-speaking country

Get another job in your own country.

IELTS Exam Parts

IELTS exam has four parts; three parts of the exam are taken on the same day, in the following order: Listening, Reading and Writing (no breaks between these tests). Speaking test will be held either on the same day or seven days before or after that, depending on local arrangements.

Listening Test

The IELTS Listening test is designed to assess an individual on wide range of listening skills; such as how to answer in an argument, recognition of speaker opinion and ideas.  

Reading Test

An individual needs to read quickly and efficiently, and manages time. This part will ask to read three different passages and respond to related questions in IELTS Reading test. The content of the Reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.

Writing Test

The IELTS Writing test is designed to assess an individual on wide range of writing skills; such as writing ones ideas or writing a response appropriately.

Speaking Test

A certified examiner will talk to the candidate in the IELTS Speaking test. The test is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. A variety of accents may be used, and the test will be recorded.

IELTS Exam Covers

IELTS exam tests on the following areas: 

Listening Test

– Understand main ideas and specific factual information.
– Recognize the opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker.
– Follow the development of an argument.

Reading Test

 – Read for the general sense of a passage.
 – Read for the main ideas.
 – Read for detail.
 – Understand inferences and implied meaning.
 – Recognize a writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose.
 – Follow the development of an argument.

Writing Test

– write a response appropriately.
– organize ideas.
– use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately.

Speaking Test

– Communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences.
– Organize your ideas coherently.
– Express and justify your opinions.
– Analyze, discuss and speculate about issues.

Note:

For Academic and General Training, Listening and Speaking tests are same but have different Reading and Writing tests. Make sure to prepare for the correct test type.

IELTS Exam Dates

Paper-based IELTS is available on 48 dates during the year:

 – Academic module: available on all of the dates

 – General Training module: available on 24 dates.

Computer-delivered IELTS is available every month.

Oct 2022 

– 11 Oct 2022
– 12 Oct 2022
– 15 Oct 2022
– 17 Oct 2022
– 18 Oct 2022
– 19 Oct 2022
– 24 Oct 2022
– 26 Oct 2022
– 29 Oct 2022
– 31 Oct 2022

Nov 2022

– 01 Nov 2022
– 02 Nov 2022
– 08 Nov 2022
– 09 Nov 2022
– 12 Nov 2022
– 14 Nov 2022
– 15 Nov 2022
– 16 Nov 2022
– 19 Nov 2022
– 21 Nov 2022
– 22 Nov 2022
– 23 Nov 2022
– 26 Nov 2022
– 28 Nov 2022
– 29 Nov 2022
– 30 Nov 2022

Dec 2022

– 03 Dec 2022

Note: 

The IELTS exam is scheduled every month on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Visit here to get the other IELTS exam dates details.

IELTS Passing Score Grid

Band score Skill level
Expert user
Very good user
Good user
Competent user
5Modest user
4Limited user
Extremely limited user
Intermittent user 
Non-user 
Did not attempt the test 
Guidelines for educational institutions
BAND SCORE  LDACLLDACLDTCLLDTC
7.5-9AcceptableAcceptableAcceptableAcceptable
7.0Probably acceptableAcceptableAcceptableAcceptable
6.5English study neededProbably acceptableAcceptableAcceptable
6.0English study neededEnglish study neededProbably acceptableAcceptable
5.5English study neededEnglish study neededEnglish study neededProbably acceptable

Key

* LDAC =Linguistically Demanding Academic Courses

* LLDAC = Linguistically Less Demanding Academic Courses

* LDTC = Linguistically Demanding Training Courses

* LLDTC = Linguistically Less Demanding Training Courses

IELTS Exam Format

Listening Test:

Paper Format:
There are four parts with ten questions each. The questions are designed so that the answers appear in the order they are heard in the audio. 

The first two parts deal with situations set in everyday social contexts. The final two parts deal with situations set in educational and training contexts.

Time:
Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time).

Questions:
No. Of Question are 40

Type:
 – multiple choice
 – matching
– plan/map/diagram labelling
– form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion
– sentence completion

Mark(s):
Each question carries 1 mark.

Academic Reading Test:

The test includes reading for; gist, main ideas, detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose. This test contains long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

Paper Format:
Three reading passages with a variety of questions using a number of task types.

Time:
A total of 60 minutes are provided for this test

Questions:
No. Of Question are 40

Type:
– multiple choice
– identifying information, writer’s views/claims
– matching information, headings, features, sentence endings
– completion of sentence, summary, note, table, flow-chart, diagram label
 – short-answer questions.

Mark(s):
Each question carries 1 mark.

General Training Test:

The test includes reading for; gist, main ideas, detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose. This test contains extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.

Paper Format:
There are three sections. Section 1 may contain two or three short texts or several shorter texts. Section 2 comprises two texts. In Section 3, there is one long text.

Time:
A total of 60 minutes are provided for this test

Questions:
No. Of Question are 40

Type:
– multiple choice
– identifying information, writer’s views/claims
– matching information, headings, features, sentence endings
– completion of sentence, summary, note, table, flow-chart, diagram label
 – short-answer questions.

Mark(s):
Each question carries 1 mark.

Academic Writing Test:

This test covers topics which are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

Paper Format:
There are two writing tasks and both are compulsory be completed.

Task 1 -presented with a graph, table, chart, stages of a process, object or event or diagram and asked to describe, summaries or explain the information in your own words.

Task 2 – 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.

Time:
A total of 60 minutes are provided for this test

Questions:
No. Of Question are 2

Type:
– Task 1 = describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram) in their own words, 150 words limit in about 20 minutes.
– Task 2 = Write respond to a point of view or argument or problem, 250 word limit in about 40 minutes.

General Training Writing Test:

Paper Format:
Contains of 2 parts which cover the general interest.

Task 1 – presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
Task 2 – asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

Time:
A total of 60 minutes are provided for this test

Questions:
No. Of Question are 2

Type:
 – Task 1 = Asked to respond to a situation, for example, by writing a letter requesting information or explaining a situation.

 – Task 2 =  Asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Speaking Test:

The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English, Every test is recorded.

Paper Format:
The Speaking test consists of an oral interview between the test takers’ and an examiner. It contains of 3 parts:

Part 1 – general questions are asked about oneself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2  – given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. One minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 – asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

Time:
Time vary from 11 to 14 minutes for this test.

Type:
Each part fulfils a specific function in terms of;
– interaction pattern
– task input
 – test takers output.

IELTS Results

IELTS test results can be previewed online 13 calendar days after the test for paper-based and 3 – 5 calendar days after a IELTS on a computer test on the online registration system. IELTS Results remain online for 28 days but should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.

Location and Fee

The British Council Pakistan offers IELTS on paper in 17 locations;

 – Islamabad
– Abbottabad
– Karachi
– Quetta
– Multan
– Mirpur
– Sargodha
– Sukkur
– Gujranwala
– Sialkot

– Gujrat
– Peshawar
– Hyderabad
– Lahore
– Bahawalpur
– Faisalabad
– Jhelum
– Sahiwal
– Mandi Bahauddin

The British Council Pakistan offers IELTS on computer tests in 6 locations with up to ten test dates per month.

 – Islamabad
– Karachi
– Sukkur

– Peshawar
– Lahore
– Faisalabad

The Fee for IELTS exam vary in between PKR 34,000 and PKR 47,000.

IELTS Result Validity 

An IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two (2) years.

FAQs

Q: When will venue details will be informed? 

You will receive an email and SMS at your registered email and mobile number confirming your venue details and schedule of your IELTS, 2-3 days prior to the exam date.

Q: If CNIC / passport expired?

You can use the CNIC/passport if it is still valid and in your physical possession as on the date of your IELTS Test dates (LRW and Speaking). If validity has expired, you will need to reschedule your IELTS Exam as the CNIC/passport is the only valid form of ID accepted for IELTS.

Q: Unable to appear for test? 

In the event a registered candidate fails to appear for their IELTS test, he/she is termed as absent and no refund is applicable to the candidate.

If you are unable to appear due to a medical/emergency condition, please inform prior to the test date with evidence for us to consider your application for transfer/refund. Deductions are applicable as per taxes.

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