The International English language Testing System, or IELTS™, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS™ is accepted by Universities in Australia, UK, New Zealand&canada. The IELTS™ tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTS™ is as follows: 

Candidates may choose either the Academic Module or the General Training Module:

  • Academic Module:

  • Is Intended For Those Wish To Enroll In Universities And Other Institutions Of Higher Education.

  • General Training Module:

  • Is Intended For Those Planning To Undertake Non-Academic Training Or To Gain Work Experience, Or For Immigration Purposes.

Test structure:

Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes. The first three modules- Listening, Reading and Writing- must be completed in one day. The speaking module may be taken, at the discretion of the test center, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules. The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.

IELTS – Pattern:

Section Number of Question Time
Listening 40 30 Minutes
Reading 40 60 Minutes
Writing 2 Tasks 60 Minutes
Speaking 20 Questions (around) 15 Minutes


In the listening module students are expected to listen to conversations & talks and answer the questions, which follow. In the reading section the test takers are expected to read the passage and answer the questions on the grounds of what is stated directly or implied. In the writing section they are expected to write essays on the task given, of course, the speaking test looks like an interview between the examiner and the candidate where the examiner assesses the proficiency of the candidate in terms of fluency, vocabulary, accent etc. IELTS is a paper based test and can be taken according to the test dates announced.

What you should know about the sections ?

Listening Reading
British Accent Long Passages
Idioms Dry Content
Answer While You Listen Technical Jargon
  Time Hurdles
  Peculiar Question Models


Writing Speaking
Two Tasks One To One Interview
Ability To Describe, Analyze & Argue Over Don’t Give One-Word Answers
Standard Format Be Fluent In Speech