Introduction to IELTS: International English Language Testing System

The famous IELTS test which stands for International English Language Testing System is designed to evaluate the language ability of people who want to work or study where English is the main language of communication. IELTS measures student’s proficiency in four areas of English language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.


The IELTS score is required to get admission into many universities around the globe and a majority of immigration destinations demand their candidates to take IELTS test in order to succeed for the eligibility criteria. IELTS is recognized and accepted by over 9000 organizations worldwide. For a list of organizations that recognize and accept the IELTS scores, you may visit

Operating from February 20, 2015, the students going to or staying in the UK must sit the test in an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test session as UKVI doesn’t accept IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests results. Besides the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests, a new test called IELTS Life-Skills Test has been introduced. IELTS Life-Skills test is for the people who need to prove their speaking and listening-skills at levels A1 or B1 of CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference. This is a single test covering speaking and listening skills. IELTS Certification is valid for 2 – 3 years !


Module Listening Reading Writing Speaking
No. of Questions 40 40 2 3 parts
Time 30 mins 60 mins 60 mins 11-14 mins

All the candidates (General or Academic) take the identical Listening and Speaking Modules but there is a minor difference in the reading and Writing Module.