International English Language Testing System


Kiarra Gaba, Blogger at Edumarz


IELTS is an assessment of English for an international opportunity. It is an international standardized test for non-native English language speakers. The motive or purpose of this examination is to assess the level of English proficiency in these non-native English speakers as a judgment of their ability to move abroad as a professional.



International English Language Testing System




Standardized test


British Council, IDP Education, Cambridge Assessment English.


Assess English proficiency of non-native English speakers


  1. Listening,
  2. Reading,
  3. Writing, and
  4. Speaking. 


4 times a month,

48 times a year.


24 months/ 2 years


0-9 bands with 0.5 increments




3.5 million (2018) approx.



The application or registration process for IELTS is quite easy and fast. The following steps will help you get through the registration –

  • First, find the nearest IELTS test location.
  • Then land on the official IELTS site and start registering yourself.
  •  While registering, fill in basic details at first like DOB, e-mail ID, country, mobile number, address, name, etc., and then provide or upload your ID proof.
  • For ID proof you will be required to provide your passport as the main document.
  • This will include filling in the information about nationality, education, etc.
  • At the end review your application and then pay the fee.
  • After submitting the form, register yourself for the IELTS test and you are done.



There are no strong rules for the eligibility of the candidate aspiring to give IELTS. But it does hold certain pointers to be kept in consideration by the candidates. They are – 

  • The candidate must be at least the age of 16.
  • If any school requires the IELTS score then yes exceptions can be made.
  • The candidate must be well-versed and should have knowledge of the English language.
  • The nationality or background doesn’t matter.
  • Except for this there are no other eligibility criteria for the IELTS examination.


The examination pattern or the test format for IELTS includes four sections – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.



No. of questions – 40; Duration – 30 minutes

Type of questions – multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labeling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion.


  1. Academic reading – 40 questions; 60 minutes
  2. General training reading – 40 questions;60 minutes


  1. Academic writing – 
  • Task 1 – 150 words
  • Task 2 – 250 words
  • Duration – 60 minutes
  1. General training writing –
  • Task 1 – 150 words
  • Task 2 – 250 words
  • Duration – 60 minutes


3 sections; 11-14 minutes


  • Understand and study the examination pattern.
  • Find your strength in any one section of the 4 in the exam and target to master it first.
  • Solve IELTS sample questions.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself according to your own comfort.
  • Distribute your time prudently into learning new things, practicing them, and also reviewing the previous stuff.
  • Focus on improving grammar, writing skills, and speed according to the time limit.
  • Timely check your progress by official practice tests.
  • Find appropriate and enough study material to go through.
  • A number of sample questions, practice papers, and study material are available on the official IELTS website for the candidate’s help.
  • Practice as much as you can from all the reliable sources and other extra pages with enough material.
  • Or you can find yourself a good IELTS institute or coaching classes if you don’t like the idea of self-study. 

  • RESULT :

  • In case if the candidate has taken the IELTS exam on paper then their result or TRF(Test Report Forum) is available 13 days after the exam was taken.
  • In the case where the student has taken the IELTS test on the computer then their result is available in the next 3- 5 days.
  • The test result is available online for 28 days.
  • In case your results have to be sent to a specific organization before a designated time frame then surely contact your test centre.
  • The test centre’s who can view your results and arrange the tests are –
  1. British council network of test centre’s.
  2. IDP IELTS Australia network of test centre’s
  3. IELTS USA Network of test centre’s.
  • Your IELTS score is marked from 1-9 bands. 0 is also the band given to the students who missed their exam.
  • If the candidate is not happy with the score then they can surely call for the review of their score through the service called an EOR(Enquiry of Result).


If you want to work or aspire to move to look for an opportunity in an English-speaking country then you surely have to show your high level of English language ability. This test helps you showcase your ability through the score/ band. It includes countries such as – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

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