IELTS (The International English Language Testing System)

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is recognized by over 6,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers,

Professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than 125 countries. Tests are usually on Saturdays or Thursdays. IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) is used in the Listening test, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in candidates’ responses in all parts of the test.

IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).


The IELTS Band Score Scale

9 Expert user

8 Very good user

7 Good user

6 Competent user

5 Modest user

4 Limited user

3 Extremely limited user

2 Intermittent user

1 Non user

0 Did not attempt the test


Test format

There are two modules to choose from – Academic and General Training

  • The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
  • The General module is for candidate wishing to migrate to English speaking country (Australia, Canada, UK, and New Zealand) or for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

Both modules cover all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Everyone takes the same Listening and speaking tests. There are different Reading and Writing tests for the Academic and General Training modules.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be completed on the same day. There are no breaks between the three written tests. The Speaking test may be taken up to seven days before or after the other three tests.

Results are issued 13 days after the test. At some test centres candidates may collect their results on the 13th day; at others, results are mailed on the 13th day. Test centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email. You will receive only one copy of the Test Report Form. It’s important that you keep it safe as replacement Test Report Forms cannot be issued.

IELTS scores are valid for two years after the test date 

The cost of the test is Rs.9900.