Exam Structure of IELTS

IELTS tests the candidates in areas of Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking. The table below shows the sections with the number of questions in each and also the time allotted for each section. The test takes about 2hours and 45minutes to complete.

There is a small change in the modules. The Listening and Speaking modules remain the same. The option comes in the Reading and Writing modules. The three modules of Listening, Reading & Writing Sections have to be completed in one day itself. The speaking section can be done seven days before or after the other three sections are done. The first three sections are conducted in the morning section. The speaking interviews if conducted on the same day will be held in the afternoons. Usually the place of interview for the first three modules is different from the speaking session.

The scoring for the test sections is based on the band system. Four individual bands sum up to give the final score. Each band gives the English capability of the candidates at every level. The bands are based on the nine divisions or levels or markings. These markings are from one to nine where one is the least and nine denotes the best. A minimum score range also exists. A candidate getting anything between 5 and 7.5 is the minimum score. Most universities and institutions accept a band score of 6 to 6.5. The scores are valid for the next two years only. If the candidate feels that the scores he has received are not satisfactory then he can re-take the test after 3 months of the previous test.

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