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What is IELTS?


IELTS is an English Language Proficiency Exam for studying or immigrating to English speaking countries.

  • Jointly owned by the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English
  • Available across 1200+ test centers worldwide
  • Accepted by Institutions, Professional Bodies, and Employers as a credible evidence of English language proficiency.
  • IELTS Results are valid for 2 years

types of ielts

IELTS is available in both paper-based and computer-delivered formats with an option of
taking either Academic IELTS or General Training IELTS

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Differences between Academic and GT IELTS?
Which one you need?


The IELTS Exam is classified into Academic and General Training types. The one you need will depend upon whether you want to study or immigrate. Read on to know more.


    Suitable for students intending to study abroad Accepted by all institutions across USA, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Australia, Ireland, and more Comprises of topics suitable for anyone entering university or college Academic IELTS is difficult than General Training IELTS


    Suitable for aspirants intending to immigrate to a new country Accepted for immigration purposes to Canada, UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand Comprises of topics based on general interest General Training IELTS is easier than Academic IELTS

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IELTS Test Pattern

academic and genreal training

The IELTS exam aims to assess your english language skills across 4 sections which include Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The IELTS Academic and IELTS general test formats vary for reading and writing sections.


60 minutes

  • academic

  • 40 Questions
  • 1 mark for each question
  • 3 Reading Passages
  • genreal training

  • 40 Questions
  • 1 marks of each question
  • 4 to 5 Short Texts and 1 Reading Passage


60 minutes

  • academic

  • 2 Tasks
  • Task 1 - Describe Visual Information in 150 Words/20 minutes
  • Task 2 - Respond to a problem in 250 Words/40 mins
  • genreal training

  • 2 Tasks
  • Task 1 - Writing a Letter in 150 Words/20 minutes
  • Task 2 - Respond to a problem in 250 Words/40 mins


30 minutes

  • academic

  • Test format similar for Academic and General Training
  • 40 Questions
  • 1 mark for each question
  • 4 Recordings


14 minutes

  • academic

  • Test format similar for Academic and General Training
  • 3 Parts
  • Part 1- Introduction
  • Part 2 - Cue Card
  • Part 3 - Further discussions on Part 2

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ielts scores explained

The IELTS Exam is scored from 0 to 9 Bands where 0 is the lowest and 9 highest. Test takers also receive individual scores for each section and the overall band score is the average of each band score. Overall band scores are calculated to the nearest whole or half band.

The IELTS Band Score chart below gives an overview of the Band Descriptors.

band score skill level
9 Expert user with full operational command of the language
8 Very Good user with full operational command of the language with occasional errors
7 Good user with an operational command of the language with occasional errors, misunderstandings, and inaccuracies
6 Comptent user with effective command of the language despite errors, misunderstandings, and inaccuracies
5 Modest user with partial command of the language and likely to make mistakes
4 Limited user with basic command of the language and frequent mistakes, inaccuracies, and errors
3 Extremely Limited user with the ability to understand general meanings in familiar situations
2 Intermittent user with great difficulty in understanding or writing the language
1 Non user with no ability to understand the language
0 Did not attempt the test

IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE: Score Comparison

Many Universities ask for a similar TOEFL or PTE scores when one has given IELTS or vice-versa. Generally, a comparison is needed to examine admission eligibility for a selected institute.

The 3 language tests are like one another as they are dissimilar. Every one of them measures all the specified skills of the English Language. The price of these tests is roughly same and the time duration differs out slightly. All 3 tests are on the market in India at most of the main centers throughout the year. Each of these tests have their benefits, and downsides over others.

IELTS Academic TOEFL iBT PTE Academic Proficiency Level
9 118-120 89-90 Expert
8.5 115-117 83-85 Very Good
8 110-114 78-82 Very Good
7.5 102-109 73-77 Good
7 94-101 64-72 Good
6.5 79-93 58-63 Competent
6 60-78 50-57 Competent
5.5 46-59 42-49 Modest
5 35-45 35-41 Modest
4.5 32-34 30-34 Limited
0-4 0-31 0-30 Extremely Limited

ielts tips and tricks

reading tips and tricks

  • develop speed reading skills
  • skim and scan the reading passages
  • practice particular question types
  • attempt practice test under exam conditions

writing tips and tricks

  • Count the lines and estimate the word count
  • Write the relevant information, more is not better
  • Research the Writing Topics thoroughly
  • Always write clear overview and conclusion

speaking tips and tricks

  • Don’t only focus on Vocabulary
  • Use a range of grammar tenses
  • Practice speaking English before the test
  • If the Examiner interrupts you, don’t worry

listening tips and tricks

  • Write your answers on question paper while listening
  • Use all capital letters for your answers
  • Make sure your headphones are working
  • Read through the questions before the recording starts

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Busting IELTS Myths


  • You will lose marks if you don’t speak in American or British accent
  • ELTS is harder than other language tests such as PTE or TOEFL
  • Practicing sample questions will get you better band score
  • If you write more words in writing test you will get more marks
  • If you sit the test in your home country, you’ll get better result

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addressing the pre-exam jitters

Ways to deal with pre-IELTS Stress and Anxiety

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What is the fee?


Both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS cost INR 14000 which can be either booked online or by visiting a British Council Partner or an IDP office throughout India. The test fee can be paid either by,

  • Credit or Debit Cards and Net-banking
  • Demand Drafts
  • Bank Deposits

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Revaluation of IELTS Exam

How to request
revaluation of your IELTS Test?

The test taker can request both IDP and British Council a revaluation of the IELTS test in case they are not satisfied with the result.

  • A remark can be requested within 6 weeks of the test date
  • Remarked results are available within 2 to 21 days of the request
  • Revaluation Fee of INR 10500 to be paid
  • Revaluation Fee is refunded if the band score changes
  • Revaluation can be requested through the Candidate Login section
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Understanding ielts trf

the ielts test report form

The Test Report Form contains all the vital information of your test including the test date, test center, band scores, and your personal information.

  • The TRF is usually printed 13 days after the test
  • You will receive only one physical TRF
  • Additional TRFs can be ordered by paying extra fee
  • You may request up to 5 additional TRFs to be sent to receiving institutions
  • The TRF is only valid for 2 years
Did you know that you can preview your IELTS results online as well?