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IELTS exam is used to assess the candidate's ability to communicate in English for either pursuing higher education or to work in different countries like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. It is either conducted by International Development Program Education(IDP IELTS) or by the British Council(IELTS BC).
- What is IELTS?
- IELTS 2020 Exam Dates
- IELTS 2020 Eligibility
- IELTS 2020 Syllabus
- IELTS 2020 Exam Pattern
- IELTS 2020 Registration
- IELTS 2020 Application Form
- IELTS 2020 Exam Centres in India
- IELTS 2020 Results
- IELTS Preparation Books
- Difference between TOEFL and IELTS
- Related Exams
The IELTS exam consists of four stages which are listening, reading, writing, and speaking stage. The candidate can view selection procedure, preparation tips and Sample Papers related to IELTS exam which are given below.
What is IELTS?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS exam is used to test the Language proficiency of non-native English speakers in the English Language.
|Exam Name||International English Language Testing System|
|Conducting Body||IDP: Australia, Cambridge Assessment English and British Council.|
|Accepted for||Work, Academic and Immigration Purposes|
|Mode||Computer-delivered and Paper delivered mode|
|Duration||2 hours and 45 Minutes|
It is also known as IDP IELTS or IELTS BC depending on the conducting authority. As the name suggests, the IDP IELTS is conducted by IDP(International Development Program) Education and IELTS BC is conducted by the British Council. As far as the exam is concerned, both the exams are more or less the same.
Types: The IELTS exam has two parts which are Academic Test and General Training test.
- Academic Exam: This test is for those people who want to pursue higher education in undergraduate or postgraduate level. Candidates who want to work in an Organisation or Companies which are located in an English speaking country can also take this test.
- General Training Exam: General Training Exam is for those people who want to pursue secondary education or to work in an organisation in an English speaking country. This test is also essential for migrational purposes for Australia, UK, Canada, and New Zealand.
Focus skills: IELTS exam focuses on testing the English Language Proficiency of candidates. Hence the exam focuses on four basic skills which are listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
- In the IELTS Listening test, the candidate has to listen to four recordings in English and answer the questions based on them.
- The IELTS Writing test basically includes essay writing and a short paragraph explaining a particular scenario or a diagram.
- In the IELTS Reading test, the candidate is required to answer the questions based on the paragraph given.
- Finally, the IELTS Speaking part involves an interview, a speech and Discussion on any random topic.
Mode: IELTS exam can be given online as well as Offline.
IELTS 2020 Exam Dates
IELTS exam will take place 4 times in a given year. There are 48 fixed dates during which IELTS exam will take place. There are two variants of the test:
- IELTS Academic: The Academic version is available on all 48 dates
- IELTS General Training: General Training Module will take place only on 24 dates.
The test generally takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays to make it convenient for the candidate. For more information, visit the IELTS official website ielts.org.
Dates for LRW
The exam dates will vary for Listening, Reading and Writing (LRW) will take place on the same day but the Speaking Test will take place either before or after 7 days of the LRW tests. The test date will vary based on the city in which you want to take the IELTS test.
IELTS 2020 Eligibility
There are no minimum eligibility criteria for IELTS exam set by any of three conducting bodies. But candidates should keep a few things in mind while applying for IELTS exam.
- Higher Secondary Education: By guidelines set by conducting authorities for both tests, it is clear that candidates should at least have done education till 12th class or its equivalent.
- Undergraduate or Higher Secondary Education: Candidates who have completed 12th class or its equivalent can apply for undergraduate courses through Academic Test. If candidates are applying for postgraduate courses then candidates should at least have his/her undergraduate degree.
- Age Limit: This implies that candidates should be at least 17 years of age. This age limit is for an undergraduate course. Age limit may vary for universities. So before applying for a University, candidates should check eligibility requirements set by the University.
IELTS 2020 Syllabus
IELTS is used by Universities and Companies across the world to assess the English Language Proficiency of candidates. This is because conducting authorities try and test what university and companies are looking for, which is "English Language Proficiency". This exam doesn't have any prescribed syllabus. But candidates can look at the IELTS exam pattern to understand the exam and prepare well.
IELTS 2020 Exam Pattern
The duration of IELTS exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. There are four Tests pattern in the exam which are IELTS Speaking Test, IELTS Reading Test, IELTS Writing test and IELTS Listening test. This exam can be taken on Paper or Computer. The distinguished tests are given below.
- Paper-based Test: In this mode of the test, candidates have to sit at a desk in the official exam and answer sheets for 3 tests except for Speaking Test.
- Computer-Delivered Test: In this mode of the test, the candidate is required to sit the reading, listening and writing test in front of a computer and attend them.
- Speaking Test: This test will be conducted by IELTS trained Examiner face-to-face with the candidate.
- Types: There are 2 types of IELTS Exams and these are Academic Test and General Training Test.
- Both Academic and General Training have the same pattern for Listening and Speaking.
Candidates will have to listen to four recordings of native English speakers. After listening to the recording candidates are supposed to write answers to a series of questions.
|Recording 1||A conversation between two people||Everyday social|
|Recording 2||A Monologue||Everyday social|
|Recording 3||A conversation between four people||Educational or Training|
|Recording 4||A Monologue||Academic|
Details for IELTS Listening Test is given the table below:
|IELTS Listening Test Exam Pattern|
|No. of Questions||4 * 10 = 40|
|Marks||1 mark for every correct answer|
Note: All answer sheets, after being marked, are further analysed by Cambridge Assessment English. Poor spelling and grammar mistakes are also penalised.
Task Types in IELTS Exam
There will be 6 types of tasks in the IELTS Exam across four different sections. All these six tasks along with description are given in the table below:
|Type 1||Type 2||Type 3||Type 4||Type 5||Type 6|
|Multiple Choice||Matching||Plan, map, diagram labelling||Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary||Sentence Completion||Short-answer questions|
|Choose one or sometimes more than one answer.||Match the numbered list of items.||Candidates have to select the answer from a list on the question paper.||Candidates are required to select their answers from a list on the question paper or identify the missing words from the recording select their answers from a list on the question paper or identify the missing words from the recording||Candidates are supposed to fill a gap in each sentence using information from the listening text.||Write a short answer using the listening text.|
IELTS Speaking Test assesses how candidates speak and whether he/she can communicate one's idea clearly. All tests are recorded by conducting authorities. Details of IELTS Speaking Test is given below:
|IELTS Speaking Test Exam Pattern|
|Number of Parts||3|
|Part 1||Introduction and Interview|
|Part 2||Long Turn|
IELTS Reading Test
IELTS Reading Test is designed in such a way that it will test a variety of reading skills. The reading skills which are tested are Reading for gist, reading for detail, skimming, reading for main ideas, understanding the logical argument and recognising writers' attitudes, opinions and their purpose.
IELTS Reading Test for Academic test
In the Academic test, candidates have to read three long texts. These texts may vary from discursive and analytical to descriptive and factual. Texts are extracts from newspapers, books, magazines and journals. Details for Academic Reading in IELTS Reading Test are given in the table below:
|IELTS Reading Test: Academic Test Exam Pattern|
|No. of Questions||40|
|No. of Marks||1 * 40 = 40|
IELTS Reading Test for General Training
In the IELTS General test, the text will be extracted from materials which you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment. The text will be taken from books, magazines, notices, company handbooks, newspapers, advertisements and guidelines. The details of IELTS Reading Test for General Test is given below.
|IELTS Reading Test: General Training Test Exam Pattern|
|No. of sections||3|
|No. of Questions||40|
|No. of Marks||1 * 40 = 40|
IELTS Writing Test
Just like reading test IELTS Writing test is different for Academic Test and General Test. Details for these tests are given below.
In the IELTS Writing Test of Academic test, candidates have to write about topics of general interests. These are suitable for candidates who are entering postgraduate, undergraduate or seeking professional registration. IELTS Writing Test pattern for Academic test is given below:
|IELTS Writing Test: Academic Test Exam Pattern|
|Number of Tasks||2|
|Task 1||Describe the visual information|
|Task 2||Respond to a point of view or an argument or a problem|
General Training Writing
In the General Training Test, contents are of general interest which candidates can come across. IELTS Writing Test pattern is given below.
|IELTS Writing Test: General Training Test Exam Pattern|
|No. of Questions||2|
|No. of Tasks||2|
|Task 1 Assessed on||
|Task 2 Assessed on||
IELTS 2020 Registration
Candidates aspiring to apply for IELTS exam can follow either of the two methods - visiting the nearest IDP branch or by applying Online.
How to apply for IELTS?
- Visit the official website.
- Then click on ‘Register for the Test’.
- Now select the preferred test - computer-delivered IELTS/ paper-based (IELTS, IELTS for UKVI or Life Skills).
- After this select the test type/module - Academic or General Training for IELTS, IELTS for UKVI, A1 and B1 for Life Skills.
- Then you can choose the test location or city from the available centres given on the list.
- Once done this step you will find all the dates available. From that, you can choose a preferred date and slot (timing).
- Fill the other details on the application and complete it. During this process, you have to upload a clear passport size photograph.
- Finally, pay the application fee.
- After this, you will get an acknowledgement message to your mail or phone number.
For speaking you can book a date and slot that is based on your convenience. If you fail to book then automatically a date will be allotted for speaking.
Documents Required for IELTS Online Registration
A candidate is expected to courier the following documents to the address given below.
- Photocopy of your passport (first and last page) and other observation pages if any.
- Printout of the final page that appears after filling form and payment.
Global Gateway Towers, Tower-B, 5th Floor, Sikanderpur Ghosi, Sector-26, M.G. Road, Gurugram -122002, Haryana, India Tel: +91-124-4445999
IELTS Offline Registration
If you do not apply online you can visit the nearest IDP IELTS Branch or Referral Partner and get the registration done. You have to carry the photocopy of your Passport ID (front and back page) signed and dated declaration document.
IELTS Application Form Fee
Candidates aspiring to take the IELTS exam must pay the application fee to complete the online registration process. The fee is INR 13,250 for the regular IELTS exam. But the fee will vary for IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills.
Applicants can pay the IELTS form fee by depositing via various modes of payment such as debit or credit card (Master or Visa), net banking, DD or bank deposit in ICCI or Allahabad Bank branches via customised deposit slip.
IELTS 2020 Exam Centres in India
There are three conducting bodies of IELTS, IDP: Australia, British Council and Cambridge English Assessment. IDP and British Council conduct IELTS in India in 78 locations out of which 40 belongs to British Council and 30 to IDP. Various IDP Centre along with their city is given in the table below:
|Ahmedabad||British Council test location IDP Education|
|Amritsar||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Anand||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Angamaly||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Bengaluru||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Bhatinda||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Bhopal||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Bhubaneshwar||British Council test location|
|Calicut||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Chandigarh||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Chennai||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Coimbatore||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Goa||British Council test location|
|Gurgaon||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Guwahati||British Council test location|
|Hyderabad||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Jaipur||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Jalandhar||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Kochi||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Kolkata||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Kottayam||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Lucknow||British Council test location|
|Ludhiana||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Madurai||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Mehsana||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Moga||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Mumbai||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Navi Mumbai||IDP Education British Council test location|
|New Delhi||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Noida||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Patiala||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Patna||British Council test location|
|Pune||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Raipur||British Council test location|
|Rajkot||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Ranchi||British Council test location|
|Rudrapur||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Siliguri||British Council test location|
|Surat||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Thrissur||British Council test location|
|Tiruchirappalli||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Trivandrum||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Vadodara||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Vijayawada||IDP Education British Council test location|
|Vizag||IDP Education British Council test location|
- Candidates have to bring Passport or any National Identity document to the IELTS exam centre.
- Name on the Identity Document should be same as the name of the candidate entered during IELTS registration.
IELTS 2020 Results
The test centre will declare the IELTS 2020 Results 13 days after the test date. After Result is declared candidates will receive the test results in the form of a Test Report Form. If any irregularity is found, the candidate's test results will be cancelled. Candidates can access the work they have done during the test.
How to download IELTS 2020 Results?
The step-by-step procedure to download the IELTS Results is provided below:
- Visit the official website.
- Click on Results.
- Login using passport number and date of birth.
- Enter identification document number.
- Furnish more details such as Candidate number, Date of IELTS exam and Date of birth.
- IELTS Score will be displayed on the screen.
IELTS Preparation Books
While there are prefered books and materials for IELTS candidates are also advised to increase their English language proficiency. This can be done along with preparation by
- Reading English newspapers, journals and magazines.
- Listening to News on National TV channels of UK and USA.
- Preparing for the exam by reading IELTS reference books.
- Taking mock tests online and
- Among other preparation methods, trying to increase their vocabulary.
Difference between TOEFL and IELTS
TOEFL: Universities globally use TOEFL Score to measure Candidates' English Language Ability. Universities demand TOEFL score for non-native English language speakers.
IELTS: While only Universities use TOEFL Score, IELTS score is used for Universities and Professional Organisation and sometimes for Immigration Purposes.
Which one to Choose?
When you start applying for universities, you will come to know which scores are accepted in those universities. Usually, TOEFL is accepted in universities of the United States America and Canada among other countries. And IELTS is accepted in European Universities and Organisations among other Commonwealth Countries.
The University will demand a TOEFL Score, then you can take the TOEFL Exam. Else if it demands IELTS Score, you can take the IELTS exam. Sometimes universities accept both test scores. If you are in such a situation, you can look at the following factors to decide which exam to take.
If you are comfortable with US accents then take TOEFL. Else if you are comfortable in the UK accent then take IELTS. If you wanna consider duration as a factor then TOEFL is relatively longer than IELTS. Else if you are applying for immigration then take IELTS General version. It is easier than IELTS Academic and TOEFL.