IELTS Test Format


To succeed in the IELTS exam, a candidate to know the test pattern and the special techniques for answering questions. Make sure you are fully prepared with this knowledge. Not believe that people who tell you that IELTS needs no preparation and your English is good. Even if it is, you still need to learn the proper skills for the test. Experts suggested a period of two weeks in preparation time, but this would vary depending on your level of familiarity with English. The test costs are high and if you do not get the band score you need, you should continue to take test. As in all other exams, practice is the key to doing well in the IELTS. Make sure you’ve done before you appear for the test. Make familiar with the test format.


All candidates must complete four Modules:

1. Listening
2. Reading
3. Writing
4. Speaking

  1. Listening
    This module consists of four parts and each has 10 questions. Candidates will be given question paper, consisting of various questions, including multiple choice, short answer questions, and sentence completion, summary, labeling a map / drawing / plan, matching, etc. Candidates will hear the recording only once and to answer the questions as they listen. Ten minutes are allowed at the end of the recordings.
  2. Reading
    There are two types of reading modules for an academic version to another version for general training, each consisting of three sections with 40 questions. Candidates will be given three readings that can be taken from advertisements, newspapers, books and magazines. The first section contains texts relevant to basic linguistic survival in English, while the following sections are more difficult. Candidate will have 20 minutes to complete each section.
  3. Writing
    There are two types of writing modules for an academic version a different version for general training. In each module, candidates have 20 minutes for the task and write a 150 words and 40 minutes for the task of 2, 250 words.

    Candidates get a diagram or a set of data (graphs, table or diagram) in a contract and they have given the information in their own words to present.

    In task 2, there is a point of argument or issue and candidates have their views with arguments and illustrations to give.

  4. Speaking
    This module consists of an interview between the candidate and the examiner. It takes 11 to 15 minutes. It consists of three parts, the first candidate will introduce themselves to the examiner and answer questions from the examiner. It takes 4 to 5 minutes.

    In the second section, candidates have to talk about a particular topic for 2 to 3 minutes and he has one minute to prepare or make notes on the subject. Examiner may ask questions about the discussion. In the third examiner and the candidate a dialogue on an abstract issue on the topic of the second part connected for 5 minutes.

    This module will assess whether candidates can communicate effectively in English. The assessment is on fluency, grammatical accuracy and consistency.

The first three modules, listening, reading and writing (always in that order) are completed in one day, and in fact may be taken without interruption between. The Speaking Module may be taken, in the opinion of the test center, in the period seven days before or after the other modules.

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