The International English Language Test System (IELTS) is an English proficiency test required for migration to the UK and Canada. It is also accepted in place of the PTE and TOEFL for migration to Australia and New Zealand. If English was not your medium of instruction at school, you may also have to sit for the IELTS as proof of your English proficiency for admission to university or other educational institutes.
The IELTS is offered as a both a paper-based test and a computer-based test, and consists of four main sections, each assessing the following skills, as per the official IELTS website:
|Section I: Listening|
Ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance, and ability to follow the development of ideas.
|Section II: Reading
Ability to read for gist, main ideas, and details; skimming; understanding logical argument; recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.
|Section III: Writing|
Ability to formulate and develop a position; ability to appropriately, accurately, and relevantly respond to the given task; organisation and linking of information, ideas, and language; linking of ideas through logical sequencing; varied and appropriate use of cohesive devices (eg. logical connectors, pronouns, and conjunctions); vocabulary range and usage, including accuracy and appropriacy; grammatical range and accuracy.
|Section IV: Speaking
Fluency and coherence: ability to talk with normal levels of continuity, rate, and effort, and to link ideas and language to together to form coherent, connected speech; range of vocabulary used and the precision with which meanings and attitudes can be expressed; grammatical range, accuracy, and appropriacy; ability to produce comprehensible speech
|Listening||40 multiple choice||30 minutes||1 (low) - 9 (high)|
|Reading||40 multiple choice||60 minutes||1 (low) - 9 (high)|
|Writing||2 essays||60 minutes||1 (low) - 9 (high)|
|Speaking||Variable||11 - 14 minutes|
May be completed up to
a week before or after
|1 (low) - 9 (high)|
|Total||2 hours 45 minutes||1 (low) - 9 (high)|
FREQUENTLY ASKED IELTS QUESTIONS
Which countries require the IELTS?
to Australia and New Zealand.
Should I sit for the IELTS Academic or the IELTS General?
What is a good IELTS score? For points-tested Skilled visas for Australia, a minimum score of 6 in each section is required. A score of 7 in each section is awarded 10 points, and a score of 8 in each section is awarded 20 points.
For points-tested Skilled visas for Australia, a minimum score of 6 in each section is required. A score of 7 in each section is awarded 10 points, and a score of 8 in each section is awarded 20 points.
How long is my IELTS score valid for?
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When is the IELTS held?
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