How is the IELTS Exam Conducted?Updated on 18 January, 2022
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The International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) is an English language test taken by candidates who want to study or work in a country where English is the native language. Some of the countries where IELTS is accepted are the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. Do you want to know how IELTS exam is conducted? Let us discuss it at length.
Registration for the IELTS exam can be done both online and offline. Let us take a look at both processes.
While registering online for the exam, make sure you have your credit card handy.
A copy of the confirmation mail and photocopy of your passport’s first and second page has to be sent to the head office of IDP.
You can visit any branch office or the head office of IDP or even an Input Node to register.
Once this is done, you can request the staff at the IDP branch to enter the application form in the online registration system. They will then provide you with the acknowledgment of the booking. You will also get a tentative seat reservation.
Register by Courier and pay the test fee by Demand Draft or ICICI deposit/Allahabad deposit slip
You have to download the application form from www.ieltsidpindia.com. You can also take an application form from the nearest IDP branch.
Once all of the formalities are completed, send the application form along with all the other attachments and test fees to IDP head office. Your application will be processed after the documents are received at the office. The seat allotment on the chosen date depends on availability.
IELTS registration can also be done through the website of the British Council.
To understand the timing and the exam pattern of IELTS, we can discuss this section-wise. IELTS test is divided into four sections- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The Reading, Writing, and Listening sections are taken on the same day, without any break in between the tests. The Speaking part can be scheduled on the afternoon of the day of the test. You can also schedule it 7 days before or after the test. Candidates are contacted by the local IELTS test centers to be updated about the location and date of the Speaking test.
The test includes four recorded monologues as well as conversations. The total number of questions in this test is 40, and the duration is 30 minutes.
You will get three long passages to read along with tasks. You will also find descriptive texts, diagrams, graphs, etc. There are 40 questions, and the total duration is 60 minutes.
The writing task consists of 150 words, wherein you have to explain a chart, graph, table, etc. Another task will be 250 words in which you have to write a short essay. The total questions are 2, and you will get 60 minutes for this.
This will be a face-to-face interview. You may have to speak on a familiar topic. It can also include structured discussion or short questions. In total, you will be asked 3 questions in 11-14 minutes.
The computer-delivered test was introduced in 2017. Since then, many people have preferred opting for this mode. Let us understand the basic differences between the two.
Whether you are choosing a computer-delivered test or paper-based, you have to select it during registration.
Cambridge University designs the International English Language Testing System. Both the British Council and IDP manage the test.
Getting a good score; ideally, a band score of 7 and above in your IELTS examination will be immensely helpful for your academic and professional career opportunities. So understand every element of the exam well and prepare yourself accordingly.
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