What is IELTS used for?

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. This test measures the English Language ability of non-native English speakers. The IELTS test is established by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by several organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities.

What is in the IELTS exam?

IELTS evaluates all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is structured to reveal how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

IELTS is the most extensively accepted test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to evaluate your English communication skills. This means that you are evaluated by taking a realistic conversation with a real person. This is the most real and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

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You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future. Aksent will offer you the Best IELTS training in Chennai.

Is the IELTS Test Paper-Based?

This is vital part of the IELTS format. The IELTS test is paper-based. For IELTS, For Listening, you’ll write your answers as you listen. For Reading, you’ll enter your answers directly into the test booklet. Then, you’ll transfer your answers to an answer sheet. At the end, you’ll hand-write your essays in IELTS Writing.

The main thing in IELTS does not test computer literacy. But it test handwriting. And for those who are a slight uncomfortable forming English letters by hand, the IELTS offers a cheat of sorts. You are allowed to write essays and short answers in all CAPITAL letters.

How different are IELTS Academic and IELTS General?

 Listening, Writing Task 2 and Speaking are the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

In the Listening test, you will hear 4 audio recordings and have to answer 40 questions. It continues between 30-40 minutes.

Writing task 2 is an essay. You will be given an essay question to answer in 40 minutes by writing at least 250 words.

In the Speaking test, you will be interviewed by an examiner. This test includes 3 parts: the interview, the discussion and the short presentation. It last between 11-14 minutes.


IELTS Academic or IELTS General: Writing Task 1


Define and evaluate data in one of the following: Bar chart, Line graph, Pie chart, Table, Diagram


Write a letter in one of the following styles: Formal, Semi-formal, Informal.

The general version involves writing a 150 word, whereas the academic version requires writing a 150 word report based.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General: Reading


Three long passages increasing in difficulty, Academic style texts, Texts related to academic topics such as science, history etc.,


4 short passages increasing in length and difficulty, more general /everyday style texts, Texts related to social survival -advertisements, notices etc. workplace survival -job descriptions, employment contracts etc. General texts such as newspapers, magazines, travel brochures etc.

You get an hour to complete both of these reading tasks -50 minutes of reading time and 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto your answer sheet. Total tests include 40 questions.

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