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IELTS - International English Language Testing System

IELTS - International English Language Testing System is jointly administered by  the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The test score is used to define English proficiency of non-native speakers in English settings.

IELTS is available in two format
  1. IELTS Academic: This test is for higher education and professional registration.
  2. IELTS General Training: This test for people going for Secondary Education, Work Experience or Training program. 
If you are a student from India or some other country where English is not your First Language, you shall write IELTS General Test.

IELTS General Training Test Format



The IELTS General Test has 4 sections,

Test format – Listening

Duration: 30 minutes

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

    Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
    Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
    Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context,     e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
    Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.


Test format – Reading

Duration: 60 minutes

The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Test Format Writing

Duration: 60 minutes

Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:

    Task 1 - you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
    Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

Test format – Speaking

Duration: 11–14 minutes

The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.

    Part 1 - the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
    Part 2  - you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
    Part 3 - you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

The IELTS General Training Test is a one day test and takes 2 hours 45 minutes.

IELTS General Training Test Centres in India

IELTS General Training Test is administered across following cities
Jalandhar
Bhopal
Ranchi
Coimbatore
Anand
Patna
Kochi
Calicut
Gurgaon
Rudrapur
Vijayawada
Raipur
Thrisur
Kolkata
Amritsar
Surat
Guwahati
Mumbai
Chennai
Lucknow
Siliguri
Jaipur
Vizag
Bangalore
Kollam
Tiruchirappalli
Bhubaneswar
Goa
Mangalore
New Delhi
Rajkot
Ahmedabad
Chandigarh
Dehradun
Jammu
Vadodara
Ludhiana
Gurgaon
Bhantida
Angamali
Nagpur
Moga
Navi Mumbai
Noida
Calicut
Trichur
Pune
Surat
Madurai
Trivandrum
Amritsar
Patiala
Ambala
Hyderabad
Kottayam
Mehsana
Ludhiana
Karnal
How to register for IELTS?
You can register and pay fees online; also you can submit paper base application. Its completely your choice which mode of registration you chose. 
IELTS Near Your
The IELTS is scheduled round the year. Find a test date and test centre near you. Click on the registration link above.

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