IELTS- A Test of English

Why Do Different Organizations Depend on IELTS

The IELTS Test  helps test takers to prove their proficiency in the English language. Test takers appear for the test if they wish to study, migrate or work in an English speaking country. The IELTS test is a globally accepted test that allows institutions and governing bodies to measure a test taker's abilities in the English language through comparison of their scores. The test is conducted 48 times a year and is administered through dedicated testing centers around the globe. This means that you can choose to take the test in your own country. To find out upcoming testing dates or to refer to the IELTS Test dates for 2012 visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/how_do_i_register/test_dates.aspx. A detailed explanation of what is tested on the English Test will help you understand why different organizations depend on IELTS.

There are two types of the IELTS Test. The Academic test is taken by people who wish to pursue undergraduate or post graduate studies in an English speaking country. The General Training Test is taken by aspirants who wish to work, migrate or take up secondary education in an English speaking country. The test identifies if a person can understand and communicate effectively in the English language. This is quintessential because people who are not able to communicate in the English language will not be able to survive in a country where English is the first language of communication. The test is divided into four main parts to test a test taker's ability in each gear of communication. The four parts of the test are those of Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening.





  • Reading
  • A test taker is tested for his abilities to understand the content that he reads. Both Academic as well as the General Training Test follows the same pattern for this part of the test. The types of questions and the matter tested however differ on different test types. It lasts for 60 minutes and has three sections that contain a total of 40 questions to be answered by the test taker. You should always ensure that you read the content intently as the questions will always be based on the content provided. There are various question types under both the different modules. To read more about the Academic Reading test visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/academic_reading_sample.aspx and for General Training test visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/general_training_-_reading.aspx . You can visit

  • Speaking
  • This part of the test is common for both Academic as well as General Training Test. It evaluates the test taker's ability to speak in English. You will have a close-to-real-life, interactive conversation with an expert examiner. You will be asked questions in three parts, one about yourself, the second a topic to speak about and the third is a further discussion on the previous topic. This test lasts for 11- 14 minutes. To read more about the Speaking Test visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/speaking_sample.aspx.

  • Writing
  • Both the types of ILETS test have a Writing part. There are two writing tasks, one 150 words and the other 250 words. This part of the test lasts for 60 minutes. The Academic test has one task (150 words) where the test taker has to re-interpret the visual information he is provided with and another task where he has to write as essay on an argument or situation provided. The General Test has two tasks, one where the test taker is to write a letter (150 words) and the other where he is to write an essay or express his point of view on the topic provided (250 words). To read more about the same visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample.aspx.

  • Listening
  • Since the only way one can converse in English is by being able to understand as well as speak in English, one has to be able to listen clearly to come up with a reply. This part of the test checks the test taker's ability to understand what is spoken to them. The Listening Test lasts for 30 minutes. You will listen to audio files and be expected to answer the questions provided in relation to the content you hear. To read more about the Listening Test visit http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/listening_sample.aspx.

From the above explanations you should be able to judge that the IELTS test aims at thoroughly evaluating a test taker's ability to use the English language. Universities and other organizations depend upon the test to measure the person's ability to read, write, speak and listen to and understand what is being conveyed in the English language. Such evaluations help organizations and institutions decide if the person applying meets minimum communications requirements to survive and socially communicate in an English speaking country. Hence you should make sure that you prepare for the test well and achieve a good, competitive score.