The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the TOEFL.

IELTS Exam Structure and Style

Exam Structure

The exam structure for the IELTS exam is as follows:
Sections with Duration IELTS Academic Paper Pattern Total Questions
Listening It encompasses four recorded monologues and conversations 40
Reading Three long reading passages with tasks

Texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive, and analytical includes non-verbal material like diagrams, graphs, and illustrations texts are authentic (taken from books, journals, and newspapers)

Writing A writing task of at least 150 words where the candidate must summarize, describe or explain table, graph, chart, or diagram, and another short essay task of at least 250 words 2
Speaking The face-to-face interview includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic, and a structured discussion 3
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IELTS Course Details

Type: Academic and General
Developer: British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge English Language Assessment
Skills tested: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing of the English Language
Purpose: To assess the English Language Proficiency of non-native English speakers
Duration: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Score range: 0-9, in 0.5 increments
Score validity: 2 years
Offered: Up to 4 times a month
Countries accepted: Worldwide
Language: English
Fee: US $160 to US $250(depending on country)
Test Structure: Listening, Reading and Writing completed on same day Speaking may be on the same day or a different day