What is IELTS?

IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native English speaking students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. It managed three organizations: The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is more popular than TOEFL (it has more test takers as compared to TOEFL).

IELTS is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. It is getting popular in the US also. Almost all major US Universities accept IELTS. You cannot be granted an Australian student visa without an IELTS score (or TOEFL).

All other study destinations either require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS. IELTS is becoming popular in the USA. In many Canadian Universities, either of IELTS/TOEFL would work.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. American academic institutions are increasingly accepting IELTS for admissions purposes.


Why it is required.

There are two modules to choose from - Academic and General Training.

  • The Academic module is for candidates planning to study abroad (Undergrad or graduate studies).
  • General Training is used by candidates to show English proficiency (below degree level), It is also used as a scorecard to show English proficiency by immigration authorities (from Canada/Australia).

Score validity.

IELTS score is valid for 2 years.

Exam Eligibility.

There are two modules to choose from - Academic and General Training.

  • Undergrad or graduate studies.
  • There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. If you do not get the result you wanted; you can register for another test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.

Test Pattern.


4 Sections, 40 Items

30 minutes


3 Sections, 40 Items

1 hour


2 Tasks (150-250 words)

1 hour


3 Parts

11 to 14 minutes

Note: For Test Pattern and other Details, Please check official website.

Prerequisite: Valid Passport is required to appear in Standardized Test and for Application Process.

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