Whats is IELTS ?

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Akshay Study Abroad in Entrance Exams, IELTS

IELTS is an English Language Proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students for study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. Among the popular study destinations IELTS is accepted by universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for students of many nationalities to get student visas to Australia. You cannot be granted an Australian student visa without an IELTS score if you are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries, TOEFL is not accepted.

All other study destinations either require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS. IELTS is however not accepted by most universities in USA. TOEFL is required for study there.

The test has different sections:

The Listening Section – Duration : 30 minutes
Academic reading/general training reading section – Duration : 60 minutes
Academic writing/general training writing section – Duration : 60 minutes
Speaking Section : Duration : 11 – 14 minutes
Total test time : 2 hours and 45 minutes