IELTS Tips and Strategies for a
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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardised English test run by and managed by the Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Australia.

The test is taken in order to show proficiency in the English language in order to study abroad or for immigration purposes, such as to work. 

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On this site you'll find free lessons on writing, speaking, listening and reading, sample tests, techniques to learn the best vocabulary, models essays and graphs, and many excellent tips and strategies

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What is IELTS?

The letters stand for the International English Language   Testing System.  It is a test designed to measure your ability in the   four skills of writing, speaking, reading and listening. 

After the test you will be given a score from 1-9. You use this   score for admission to a university or to work abroad (institutions and   employers decide what score they require). 

It is accepted by many institutions and employers in the UK,   Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America.

ACADEMIC IELTS - Taking the test to study abroad

There are four sections in the IELTS test:


If you are intending to study abroad, you will take the academic writing module. This test takes 60 minutes and there are two parts. You will have to write an essay and analyse a graph or diagram.


The reading test takes 60 minutes and is divided into three sections. Each section will have an academic reading of about 600 words and you will have to answer 40 questions in total.


In this part of the test, you will have a 11-14 minute interview with an examiner. The examiner will ask you questions and evaluate your responses. The questions are easier at the beginning but get harder at the end.


The listening test takes 40 minutes and is divided into four sections, each one slightly harder than the first. There are 40 questions. You'll have to listen to each section and answer the questions as you listen.

GENERAL TRAINING - Taking the test to work abroad

The general training module is intended to test English ability in a more practical, everyday context. The test format is the same as above for the listening and speaking. However the writing and reading modules are different.

People often take the general training module if they are intending to work or live abroad.


If you are taking the test to work abroad, then you will take the 'general training' module. You will also have to write an essay, but you will have to write a letter instead of analysing a graph.


The reading test is different to the one for the academic module. The test is still 60 minutes and there are 40 questions to answer. However, the readings are different as they are based on real life situations rather than being academic.


Same as for the Academic Module.


Same as for the Academic Module.

Classic IELTS Problems Solved!

Are there things that you are worried about in IELTS or you don't understand?

The site is here to help you with all the kinds of issues you may have with the test.

Here are some common ones:

How are IELTS scores calculated? 

You are given a separate score for each module of the test and these are then averaged together to give you a final overall band score. 

The writing and speaking are marked by an examiner using band scores.

The reading and writing are based on points for each correct answer with the total score for each then being converted to a band score. 

You can learn more about how they are calculated here:

When can I take the test?

The test dates are usually on a Saturday three times a month, and some Thursdays. 

They are set in advance for the whole year and are on the same date in every country.

Check what the test dates are for this year:

Where should I take the test?

The tests are mainly held at IDP or British Council as they are the main test centres, though they are held at some other institutions such as International House or at some universities. 

It makes no difference where you take the test as it's the same test and same marking system at both.

But if you want you can check out other people's experiences of both test centres in the IELTS Forum.



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