IELTS by British Council

Why Is IELTS a Sought After Exam?

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS in short is an English language test. It sets the standard for English language testing and was one of the pioneers in English Language testing. IELTS tests 4 skills in English language. This test is taken by over 1.5 million people world over and is recognized by more than 6000 organization as a true and reliable indicator of the person's communication in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

British Council is one of the owners of the test. The other owners include IDP Education Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examination. They conduct the exams in 800+ test centers across 130 countries in the world.

British Council

The British Council conducts the exam in over 110 countries. It helps in connecting people worldwide and creates opportunities for learning. It is one of the most sought after tests. Training workshops are conducted by the British Council for the test. The workshop is done to familiarize the candidates with the procedures on the test day and teach the strategies and techniques required for the different parts of the test. This workshop provides practice and gives answers to all queries related to the test. A British Council trained instructor conducts these classes for small groups.


Educational institutions in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA recognize the exam. It is recognized by more than 2000 US Universities and professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies. They recognize the test scores as a proof to the individual's skills in the English language.

Test Module

The test is administered in 2 different formats. One is for Academic purposes and the other is for General Training purposes. The former is taken up by those who want to pursue higher education. The latter is applicable for those who want to immigrate, attend training programs or complete work experience in English-speaking countries.

Test Format

There are 4 parts in the test. These are Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening section is for 30 minutes, the Reading and Writing section are for 60 minutes each and the Speaking section is for 11 to 14 minutes duration. The first three sections are conducted on the same day but the Speaking section can be administered on the test day or 7 days prior or after the test day. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both academic and general training purpose, but the Reading and Writing sections are different.

IELTS Listening Test

This section consists of 4 sections that are played on a cassette tape. The difficulty level increases with each section. It may be a monologue or a dialogue. The tape is played only once and the questions must be answered while listening. Time is given to check the answers.

IELTS Reading Test

There are 3 sections in this test. There are 40 questions and the difficulty level increases with each section. The passages are from books, magazines, newspapers or articles.

IELTS Writing Test

2 writing tasks must be done in this section. A different style of writing is required for the 2 tasks. There is no choice in this section.

IELTS Speaking Test

It is one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. There are three parts to this test. There is an introduction and an interview followed by an individual long turn. In this the candidate is required to speak on a topic for 1 to 2 minutes. The candidate has to speak on a topic the examiner gives on a card. 1 minute of preparation time is given. The examiner will not interrupt when the candidate is speaking on the topic. The last part is a two-way discussion.

The test is the most sought after English Skills testing exam since it is administered in more than 130 countries. The pattern of the test is very comfortable and ideally suited for both students and professionals. Another important factor contributing to the high number of test takers is that the test score is recognized and accepted by over 6000 institutions.

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