The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is best suited for applicants who want to study or work where English is a language of communication. IELTS is available at more than 1,200 locations worldwide, with 48 test dates a year.


This exam is conducted throughout the year at the designated test centers and assesses Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. However, dates for this exam can vary by centers, you must check these dates well in advance to avoid last minutes rush.

This exam is accepted for study, work, and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, as well as for study and work in the USA.

Mode of Exam

There are two modes in the IELTS exam: IELTS Academic & IELTS General

IELTS Academic: This exam is valid for people applying for higher education or professional registration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA

IELTS General Training: This exam is valid for those who want to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. This exam is best for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience, or training programs.

Paper vs Computer

Paper-based:In this test, you will get a question paper and answer sheets for the Reading, Listening, and Writing tests. You have to use either pen or HB-pencils to give answers. The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.

Computer-based: This test requires you to complete your Reading, Listening, and Writing tasks in front of a computer with the questions presented on the screen. However, the Speaking test is not a computer-based as this will be carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.

Important: Every organization, College/ or University has different requirements for IELTS. It’s highly recommended to go through with the individual’s requirement before proceeding for this exam.

IELTS Exam Pattern: In both, the exam (Academic & General) Listening and Speaking are the same. However, the Reading and Writing sections will differ from each other.

Important: Every organization, College/ or University has different requirements for IELTS. It’s highly recommended to go through with the individual’s requirement before proceeding for this exam.

IELTS Speaking: is always on a separate day, it can not be on the same day with other tasks (Reading, Listening, and Writing). It can be two days before or two days after.

The total duration for this exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. For more details about the test, click here

Knowledge Bank

As we’ve mentioned above, there are two types of IELTS exams (Academic & General) you have to prepare yourself accordingly. However, there are multiple resources available to prepare for this exam, though you can visit the IELTS website where you can find multiple resources to start your preparation.

Start your preparation well in advance so that it can help you to score better. If you’re unable to find the best resources to start your preparation, then no worries. Just Click below and proceed further with your preparation.

Click here for IELTS sample papers. In case looking for more information about online tutorials, click here

Fee & Registration

For this exam, fees vary by country. In order to check a fee structure of your country Click here and select the country/ or location where you’re planning to take this test.

During registration of the IELTS exam, you will see the computer screen icon in front of locations. These will be the location where you can give IELTS on a computer, If there is no icon listed in front of the location then you’re not eligible to apply for computed based IELTS exam.

ID Proof

You must have a valid ID proof with you which must be:

  • an original document
  • be valid, expired documents are not acceptable
  • be a government-issued card
  • include your full name and Photograph which must match the name on the ID card you have used to register this exam

For more information about Do’s and Don’ts Click here

Also, IELTS is not recommended for applicants under 16 years of age. You must be 16 above to appear in this exam.

IELTS Scoring

IELTS assess your language proficiency on the scale of 0 to 9, you can also get .5 marks (ex- 6.5 & 7.5). For more details about IELTS, scoring pattern Click here


You can give this test as many times as you want as there is no restriction in reappearing in IELTS.

Exam Result

You can check your IELTS results in 13 days, If it’s (paper-based) and in 5 to 7 days, If it’s (computer-based)

Test centers post results to 13 days (paper-based) or 5-7 days (computer-delivered) after the test or you can pick up in person.

You have the option to transfer your results directly to five nominated organizations, including universities or immigration bodies.

Score Validity

IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.

Exam Tips:

Reading: Start reading editorials, journals, and books as it’ll improve your speed in reading. Also, will help you to understand the gist of the paragraph.

Listening: Start listening lectures and audio clip which will help you to understand the different accents which will help you in the exam to finish your task under the time limit. Listen as many audio clips as you can and trust me, it will surely help you.

Speaking: Try to speak with family/ or friends to improve speaking skills. Speaking practice will help you to convey your message clearly and will improve your fluency.

Writing: Learn how to write essays, stories, applications, and notes and learn Contrast, difference, cause, and effect in sentence making to score good marks in your exam.

These are some of the tips that will help you to score better in the exam. Try to practice with sample papers as it will surely help you to score better in your exam.

We hope this article will help you in clearing all the doubts about the IELTS exam and takes you a step closer to your dream of studying and settling abroad.

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