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  • IELTS format

    The test lasts for 2 hours 45 minutes

    IELTS provides an opportunity to confirm the language skills for the specific purposes  necessary for the candidate : education, work or immigration. There are two modules to choose from – Academic and General Training.

    - IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
    - IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK),  and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

     
    IMPORTANT! The level of difficulty in the General Training and Academic versions do not differ.

    Structure of IELTS exam

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       The exam consists of 4 parts:

       1. Listening

       2. Reading

       3. Writing 

       4. Speaking

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    IELTS listening

    Timing: Aproximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)

    Questions: There are 40 questions. Each section is heard once only

    A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used. 

    Marking: Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands

     

     IELTS reading

     
     
    Timing: 60 minutes (no extra transfer time)

    Questions: There are 40 questions

    There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.

    Marking: Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands

     

     

     

    IELTS writing

    Writing Timing: 60 minutes

    Tasks: There are 2 tasks. You are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2

    You are assessed on your performance on each task by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Writing test assessment criteria (Task Achievement/Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy).

     

     

    IELTS speaking

    Timing: 11-14 minutes

    Test Parts: There are 3 parts

    Part 1: Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes). The examiner introduces him/herself and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests.
     
    Part 2: Individual long turn (3-4 minutes). The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
     
    Part 3: Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes). The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

     

    Skills assessed 

    A wide range of speaking skills are assessed, including: 

    - the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions;
    - the ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently;
    - the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues.

    Marking: You are assessed on your performance throughout the test by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Speaking test assessment criteria (Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Pronunciation)

     

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

    How much does it cost?

    The Academic and General Training tests cost the same. To find out the test fee for your country in your local currency, contact your nearest test centre.