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International English Language Testing System

IELTS is known as one of the most popular English language test in the world. Every year, more than 2.9 million peoples appear in this test. This test is taken to assess the English skills of a candidate in different modules.

These modules are Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. This is a criteria to judge you that how well or easy it is for you to study, work, and learn in the English language countries.

It is a basic requirement in the immigration world. After achieving the required band Score in IELTS you will be able to study, live and work in different countries around the world. There are about 140 countries in the world that accepts the IELTS certificate as the proof of English language Proficiency.

There are two types of IELTS which are:

IELTS Academic

IELTS General

These are explained further below.

IELTS Academic:

If you have a dream to get higher education or professional registration in various foreign English speaking countries than you need to clear the IELTS Academic test. It contains the features of academic language. Also, it will help to evaluate that, are you ready to begin studying or training or not. The academic IELTS is accepted by so many famous institutions of the world for the higher education.

IELTS General:

Candidates who want to go to the English speaking countries for work experience or training programs, they need to clear the IELTS General Training test. Also it is required when any individual wants to migrated to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK. It is taken to test the basic survival skills of a candidate in broad social and workplace contexts.

IELTS IDP/ British Council:

IELTS is a test which is invented by the British Council, IDP and University of Cambridge all together. In some countries, IDP is taking up the responsibility to conduct this test. There are some countries where the British Council took up the charge to conduct this test. Also in some countries both the IDP and British Council are in charge of this exam. India is also one of these countries where IELTS is offered by both the IDP and British Council. Just because of this reason most of the people get confused that where to go.

But here is a very interesting fact about IELTS, which is an answer to all your questions. The fact is that the IELTS exams are the same in all over the world, whether you are giving it in any State, any City or In any Country. Just like the location also it does not matter whether you are giving your exam through IDP or British Council. The pattern of exams, questions as well as marking Criteria of IELTS will be always same in both conditions.

Here we found some students who say that the marking criteria of British Council IELTS is easier than the IDP IELTS, but it’s not true. Because both the examiners of BC and IDP get trained in the same manner. The marking criteria followed by the examiner are same for both the IDP and British Council. So simply, it does not matter whether you are choosing British Council or IDP for IELTS, you will get the same marks according to your preparation.

Exam Format

The Test consists of four modules, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take up the same ‘Listening and Speaking Modules’, though there’s a choice between the Academic and General Training in the ‘Reading and Writing Module’.


4 Sections, 40 items 30 Minutes

General Training Reading

3 Sections, 40 items 60 Minutes

General Training Writing

2 tasks (150 and 250 words) 60 Minutes

Academic Reading

3 Sections, 40 items 60 Minutes

Academic Writing

2 Tasks (150 and 250 words) 60 Minutes


11 to 14 Minutes

Test Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

The first three modules, i.e. Listening, Reading and Writing, must be completed in one day. However, the Speaking Module may be taken, at the sole discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after other Modules.

The tests are designed to cover the entire range of ability from a non-user to an expert user.

The Academic Reading and Writing Modules are designed with the intent of assessing whether a candidate is prepared to study or work in the medium of English at an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level.

The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the complete range of formal language skills needed for academic purposes, but they emphasize on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is most suitable for candidates migrating to English speaking countries for completing their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether he/she intends to take up the Academic or General Training Modules.
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