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What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of individuals who want to study or work in countries where English is used as a language of communication.

IELTS exam is conducted worldwide by British Council, UK and IDP, Australia. This test is available in two formats academic and general.

Academic IELTS – If applying for higher education or professional registration in English speaking countries.

General IELTS – If migrating to Australia, Canada or the UK.
One can appear for IELTS test as many times as required.
Validity of score is 2 years.

How is IELTS Test 2018 scheduled?

On the test day of IELTS 2018 exam, candidates appear for the Listening, Reading and Writing tests one after the other in the same sequence, without any breaks in between the module sets. These components are always taken in the above-mentioned order as given in the IELTS 2018 Test pattern, barring the Speaking module.

According to the IELTS Test pattern 2018, the Speaking module can be scheduled either after break on the same day as the other three tests, or within seven days before or after the registered date of test. However, it is decided by the officials and much depends on the specific IELTS test centre from where the candidate is appearing from. As per the test pattern of IELTS 2018, the speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s holistic proficiency English communication skills. This means candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested. However, the responses of the test taker are recorded for detailed evaluation. The test results of IELTS depend on the overall performance of the candidate in IELTS 2018.

International English Language Testing System, acronym as IELTS is an English language proficiency test. Hence, the IELTS 2018 Test pattern is structured in a way that it reflects all the related skill sets including Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking of the candidate aspiring to either study or work abroad. According to the current statistics, IELTS test scores are accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

Is there any Eligibility Criteria for appearing in IELTS 2018?

There is no specific IELTS 2018 eligibility criteria set by any of the exam conducting bodies. However, the selection procedure varies among universities/organisations. Hence, the candidate should be aware of the application procedure of the institute/s where he/she applies to. An aspirant has the freedom to choose IELTS test date 2018 in accordance with his/her convenience and availability of seats. The IELTS test is available throughout the year and in 2018, IELTS would be conducted 48 times.

IELTS Test Pattern 2018

IELTS Test Component Duration Brief Description
Listening 30 minutes 4 sections, 40 items
Reading 60 minutes 3 sections, 40 items
Writing 60 minutes 2 tasks
Speaking 11-14 minutes 3 part one-on-one conversation
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