The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized test of English proficiency for non-native English  spea

IELTS Exam Format

The IELTS Academic Module tests the language skills of non-native speakers who want to study at a university in an English-speaking country where the teaching language is English. IELTS is recognized by most academic and professional institutions in Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

  • The IELTS General Training module tests the language skills of non-native English speakers who plan to go abroad, especially in English-speaking countries, for vocational training (not a degree), work, or immigration. Employers, professional associations and immigration offices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more than 140 other countries recognize the IELTS test as evidence of English proficiency.


  • You can receive a score from 1 to 9 in each part of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). Your overall band score is equal to the average of the scores of the four parts. You can receive a whole (e.g. 6.0, 7.0, 8.0) or a half (e.g., 6.5, 7.5, 8.5) band in each part of the test.

Before the IELTS Listening test:

1) Listen to radio programs, news and lectures. Watch movies and online videos in English. 

2)  Familiarize yourself with the question types of each listening test, such as multiple choice, matching, and labeling

During the IELTS Listening test:

  • Listen to the audio instructions before each section carefully. These instructions are not printed in the test booklet.
  • Read the instructions in the test booklet carefully for the number of words you need to write on the answer sheet. If you write more words than required, you will lose marks.

During the IELTS Reading test:

  • Read the instructions carefully during the test as they may slightly differ from the ones you got familiar with while practicing the test.
  • Underline key information and/or make notes in the reading passages in the test booklet.
  • Divide your time wisely: if you spend more than a minute answering a question and still do not have an answer, leave it and proceed to the next question. If you have some time left after you answer the rest of the questions, you may return to the question.
  • Make sure you have transferred all answers onto the answer sheet. Do not leave empty 

spaces even if you don’t know the answer; take your best guess.

During the IELTS Writing test:

  • Analyze each task carefully and underline the keywords.
  • Do not use the task words in your writing; use your own words and sentence structures


During the IELTS Speaking test:

      Keep calm. If you are relaxed, you will be able to give a better performance.

  • Say as much as you can when speaking; give extended responses.
  • Don’t think about grammar or vocabulary. Concentrate on answering the questions to the best of your ability.
  • Correct yourself if you make a mistake.
  • Ask the examiner to clarify or repeat the question if there is anything you do not understand.
  • Pay attention to your body language; do not overuse gestures.


  • Please use neutral or semi-formal language as the exam is formal. Preparing for the exam is an ongoing process that requires time and effort. Every practice test you take, every listening, reading, writing activity you take, and every speaking practice you take will improve your language skills and build confidence during the exam.

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