The IELTS Test

How is IELTS marked?

Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 1 to 9. A profile score is reported for each skill. The four individual scores are averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score. Overall Band Scores and scores for each sub-test (Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking) are reported in whole bands or half bands.

How is IELTS Speaking marked?

Examiners award a band score for each criterion: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. All these four criteria are equally weighted.

How is IELTS Writing marked?

Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas: Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Is the IELTS test completed in one day?

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed in a continuous sequence, with no break. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken either seven days prior to or after the main test date.

How do I know that I have achieved the required score in order to apply in universities?

IELTS scores are graded on the 9-band system. Every university sets its own score to meet its individual admission requirements. We will help you to enlist universities you can apply by considering your IELTS score.

What can I use as ID proof at the IELTS test centre?

You can show a valid passport at the IELTS test centre.

Why are there two versions of the IELTS test?

IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to work or pursue training programs, get admission in secondary schools or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but different Reading and Writing tests.

When can I take the IELTS test or reappear for the test?

IELTS is conducted once every week. You’re advised to book an appointment in advance after proper preparation. There is no restriction on when you can re-appear for the test.