The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and British Council are two major bodies responsible for designing the test pattern of The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS Test Pattern is designed to reflect real life use of English in different scenarios - at study, at work, and at play and results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale. Both the versions of IELTS pattern - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training version of IELTS test - are made up of four sections, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While every candidate is required to take the same listening and speaking components in both the versions of the IELTS test pattern , it is the reading and writing components that differ for the two versions - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The total duration for the IELTS test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, reading and writing tests are done in one sitting while speaking test may be taken on the same day or within 7 days before or after the IELTS test.
According to the test pattern of IELTS , the speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s English communication skills. This means candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested.
|IELTS Test Component||Duration||Brief Description|
|Listening||30 minutes||4 sections, 40 items|
|Reading||60 minutes||3 sections, 40 items|
|Writing||60 minutes||2 tasks|
|Speaking||11-14 minutes||3 part one-on-one conversation|
Candidates take the listening, reading and writing tests all on the same day one after the other, without any breaks in between them. These components are always taken in the above-mentioned order as given in the IELTS Test pattern.
In accordance with IELTS Test pattern , the speaking test is either conducted after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or within seven days before or after that. This depends on the specific IELTS test centre from which the candidate is appearing. According to the IELTS Test pattern the speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s English communication skills. This means candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested.The IELTS test results would thus depend on the overall performance of the candidate in IELTS.
IELTS is an English language proficiency test. Hence, the IELTS Test pattern is structured in a way that it reflects the speaking, reading and writing skills of the candidate. IELTS test scores are accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. There is no specificIELTS eligibility criteria. However, the selection procedure varies among organisations. Hence, the candidate should know the application procedure of the institutes where he/she applies to. The IELTS test is available throughout the year. Candidates can select an IELTS test date in accordance with their convenience and availability of seats.