Q1.   What is IELTS?

Ans. IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that is been accepted by most of the foreign countries as evidence to your proficiency over English language for all the four skills including Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.


Q2.   Who develops the IELTS?

Ans. Cambridge English Language Assessment develops the IELTS, which is a part of the University of Cambridge, and the British Council and IDP Australia conduct the exam.


Q3.  What is the purpose of the IELTS test?

Ans. The purpose of IELTS test is to assess ability of the test takers who are planning to study or work in the countries where English is the primary language of communication.


Q4.  How many skills are there in IELTS test?

Ans. The four basic skills of the IELTS tests are:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking


Q5.   What are the two versions of IELTS?

Ans. The two versions of IELTS are:

  • Academic Training
  • General Training


Q6.  Should I take IELTS Academic Training or General Training exam?

Ans. Choosing between the two is totally up to you. It depends on whether you are planning to study overseas or applying for immigration.


Q7.  What is TRF?

Ans. TRF stands for Test Report Form


Q8.  What are the test dates for IELTS?

  • IELTS Academic modules are conducted on 48 fixed dates each year
  • General Training modules are conducted on 24 fixed dates each year


Q9.   When can I get my IELTS SCORE?

Ans. You can get your online result for IELTS within 13 days of giving the exam, and the TRF takes another 7 days.


Q10. What is the score range of IELTS?

Ans. The Score range for IELTS is 0-9 bands


Q11. What do the bands mean?


     Skill level

Band 9

Expert user

Band 8

Very good user

Band 7

Good user

Band 6

Competent user

Band 5

Modest user

Band 4

Limited user

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Band 2

Intermittent user

Band 1


Band 0

Did not attempt the test













Q12. What is the test fee for IELTS?

  •  The exam fee for IDP is Rs. 11,300
  •  The exam fee for British Council is Rs. 11,100


Q13. Which countries accept the IELTS?

Ans. Nearly 120 countries, including Australia, US, UK, Canada and New Zealand accept the IELTS scores.


Q14. What is the validity of an IELTS score?

Ans. The validity of IELTS scores is for 2 years


Q15. What is the age limit to take the IELTS?

Ans. Well, there is no particular age limit to take IELTS. However, the test takers under the age of 16 are not recommended to take IELTS.  


Q16. How many times can one take the IELTS?

Ans. There is no particular limit on the number of times one can take the IELTS.


Q17. What does a test taker need to carry with him on the day of the IELTS?

Ans. Test takers are required to carry both the original passport and a copy, print out of admit card and should also carry stationary required for the test.


Q18. When is the Speaking test for IELTS?

Ans. The Speaking test for IELTS is usually within one week, which may be before or after the listening, reading and writing test that is on the same day. The date for speaking test is through an appointment and you will be informed.


Q19. Is there a break during IELTS?

Ans. No, there is no break on the IELTS.


Q20. What will happen if a candidate is unable to appear for the test?

Ans. If a candidate is unable to appear for the IELTS test, then, he will be marked absent, and no refund will made in that case.


Q21. Can I use a pen to answer the question on IELTS?

Ans. Yes, you can use Pen but only for the writing test and for the listening and reading sections, you need to use a pencil.


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