The IELTS test consists of four components: Listening,Speaking, Reading and Writing. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day – there are no breaks in between the components. All in all, this part of the test takes 2 hours 45 minutes, excluding the registration time. The speaking test can be arranged up to seven days before or after the test and sometimes on the day of the test. It lasts for 11-14 minutes.
The Academic module. This module is for people who want to study in an English speaking environment for higher education or professional development. So, if you are planning to study at a UK university, you will take Academic module of the IELTS exam. Here's a link to what IELTS band scores different institutions require.
The General module is for people who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or for training. It is also used for migration purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
The IELTS score is calculated as an average of the four components tested – each has equal weight. You will be awarded a band score between 0-9, with 9 being the highest. It is possible to get a half-mark (e.g. 6.5). So, if you have 5.5 for speaking, 6.0 for reading, 6.5 for listening and 6.0 for writing, your overall score will be 6.0.
The Reading component for the General Training module has three sections and uses a variety of different texts based on language situations that are encountered in everyday life. Section 1 is about basic ‘social survival’ in English with information obtained from notices, advertisements and timetables. Section 2 focuses on ‘workplace survival’ and has texts related to job descriptions, contracts, professional development and training resources. Section 3 is a long descriptive or instructive text in a general context taken from newspapers, magazines and fictional and non-fictional material.
No, you can’t! You can only bring pens, pencils and erasers into the exam room, along with a drink in a transparent bottle. Don’t forget to bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test.
Everything else must be left outside the exam room. All watches are banned from the test rooms for all test components. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in a special secure area.
Yes and no. You can use it for the writing tasks, but the listening and reading answers must be written in pencil - the answer sheet is scanned and the computer cannot read answers written by pen.
IELTS for UKVI is a secure UK government approved test – it can be used to prove your English language abilities to support a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. Find out more details here.
All you need to bring with you are the same identification documents you supplied on your IELTS Application Form. Before you enter the interview room, your ID will be checked.
Your Test Report Forms are valid for two years. There are no limits on how many times you can take the IELTS test in a year, so you can keep on trying until you get the result you need. You can use any valid result you wish to apply for courses and for your other needs.
There's no limit on the number of times you can take the test - it just depends on how much spare cash you have! All4ielts recommends that you do extra study before retaking the test - this will help you to improve your score.