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IELTS Overview:
Full Form: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Year Started: 1980 AD
Score / Grade Range: 0 to 9 at increment of 0.5 band multiple.
Test Score/Grade Validity: 2 Years
Total Test Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes.
Annual number of test takers: Over 3 million per year.
Test official authorities: British Council and IDP
Countries / Regions: More than 1,200 test centers in over 140 countries.
Official Websites:

How many types of IELTS tests are there?

There are two types of IELTS Test namely:

  1. IELTS Academic
  2. IELTS General Training.

IELTS test is mainly of two types: Academic and General Training. The Test consists of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

In both tests Listening & speaking are same whereas there is a slight variation on Reading and Writing for Academic and General Training IELTS Test according to 2018 Exam pattern.


IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. Initially started in the Year 1980 AD officially, there are more than 1,200 test centers in over 140 countries.
IELTS test scores are validated by thousands of Academic institutions (Universities & Colleges) and workplaces as an Expertise in English Proficiency.
The IELTS test is currently hosted by British Council and IDP in Nepal and around the globe.
The Test scores do not denote pass or fail straightly. Every institution and offices have different requirements for IELTS score. The test compares the ability of the English Language over 4 base areas: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each skill has their individual scores and a final overall score calculated between 0 to 9, with 0 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.

What does Each Score/scale denote in IELTS test result?

Band 9: Expert User:
Band 8 Very good User:
Band 7 Good User:
Band 6 Competent User:
Band 5 Modest User:
Band 4 Limited User:
Band 3 Extremely limited User:
Band 2 Intermittent User:
Band 1 Non User:
Band 0 Did not attempt the test



In this test, you have to listen to a sample piece of text that is played to you and you have to attend 40 questions related to the text. You have 1 hour to complete the whole test.


This portion of the test requires you to read 3 pieces which are provided to you. Each piece is allowed 20 minutes each


Speaking test is taken separately which may last for 10 minutes to half an hour depending on the test conductor. The examiner sees how fluent your English is and if you can/cannot communicate in English with ease.


This portion of the test is divided into two parts each: 150 words. The short portion requires you to describe a diagram or a pie chart or any similar visual chart in about 150 words. The examiner sees how good you clearly can you explain the diagram. 200 words. For the long portion, you are provided a situation and you are required to give your opinion on the situation. The examiner sees how well you can use the English language to describe your views and opinions.


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