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A Complete Guide To IELTS Exam

‘IELTS’ is a very popular word nowadays. Many students take IELTS coaching classes and appear for the IELTS exam. Well, what is this exam? What does it evaluate? What is the fee for the exam? How many types of IELTS exams are conducted? What is the validity of the IELTS exam? There are many questions that appear in the mind when we hear the ‘IELTS’ word in our life. So, let’s explore answers to these questions through this blog. This blog is a complete guide to the IELTS exam and you will find every detail regarding the IELTS exam by reading this blog attentively. 

Table of Contents

  1. Highlights of IELTS Exam 

  2. What is IELTS exam? 

  3. Why choose IELTS exam? 

  4. Types of IELTS exam

  5. Eligibility 

  6. IELTS Modules

  7. Cost of Exam

  8. How to book exam? 

  9. How to check scores? 

  10. FAQs

  11. Wrapping Up

Highlights of the IELTS exam 

Here are the highlights of the IELTS exam through which you can get an overview of the exam: 

Exam Name 


Full Form 

International English Language Testing System 


English Language Proficiency Test

Official website 


Exam Conducting Body 

IDP Education Ltd. 

Accepted by 

Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA. 

Mode of exam

Paper-based test 

Registration fee 

15,500 INR 

Types of IELTS 

IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training 

Skills tested 

Listening, Writing, Speaking, Reading 


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What is the IELTS exam? 

IELTS, as known as the International English language Testing System is an English language proficiency test that evaluates a candidate’s abilities in English on the basis of four modules that are Listening, reading, Writing, and Reading. The IELTS test is highly accepted worldwide. It is accepted by universities and organizations in Canada, the UK< the USA, Australia, Newzealand and many other English-speaking countries. 

It is a pen and paper-based test and candidates are given 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete the entire test. Students will receive their IELTS results within 14 working days. The IELTS result is valid for 2 years. 

Why choose the IELTS exam? 

Here are some reasons that convince candidates to choose the IELTS exam to prove their proficiency in the English language. 

  • Recognized worldwide: IELTS exam is highly recognized in the world and is accepted by more than 11000 universities and institutions all across the world.

  • Available in 140 countries: IELTS exam is available in 140 countries and there are many centers in every country. So, you have the flexibility of choosing the nearby center. 

  • Useful for all stages of life: IELTS exam is not only beneficial to get admission to universities abroad but will also help you get professional opportunities. 

  • Accurate results: The IELTS result is accurate and is based on your skills in all four modules. So, your scores in the IELTS exam are a reflection of your abilities in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

Types of IELTS exam

Basically, there are two types of IELTS exams that are Academic and General Training. The information on both types is given below 

  • IELTS Academic: This exam category is for those students who want to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate program abroad. The majority of students apply for the IELTS Academic exam to accomplish their aim of studying abroad. There are four modules in the IELTS exam through which the candidates’ abilities are tested. The validity of the exam is 2 years. 

  • IELTS General Training: This exam category is for those students who want to study below a degree level or want to work abroad. Just like IELTS Academic, there are four modules but the writing task is slightly different than the Academic exam. 

Eligibility of the IELTS exam 

Well, there is no restriction on age to be eligible for the IELTS exam. Similarly, there is no required qualification to appear for the IELTS exam. However, a student must have a valid passport to appear for the IELTS exam. Without a passport, a candidate will not be able to apply for the exam or enter the examination hall. 

IELTS Exam Modules

Well, we know that there are four modules in the IELTS exam. However, what is the pattern of each module? If you are not familiar with the pattern of each module and want to know more, read ahead! 

  • Listening: The listening module comprises four sections. Students will be given 30 minutes to solve four sections and 10 minutes to transfer answers on the sheet. There will be 10 questions in each section. Audio will be played only once. Students need to listen to the audio carefully and give correct answers. There will be fill-ups, complete the summary, map, MCQs and other types of questions in the listening section that students need to solve. 

  • Reading: The reading section lasts for 60 minutes and students need to solve 40 questions from three passages. There will be different types of questions such as MCQs, true, false and not given, fill-ups, complete the summary and so on. Students need to be very careful while solving questions to avoid traps. 

  • Writing: There will be two tasks in the writing section. In the first task, candidates will be given a chart such as a bar graph, line graph, map, pie chart, process diagram and so on. They need to write the information illustrated by the diagram. In the second task, they need to write on a topic that is given on the spot. 60 minutes will be given to solve both tasks. 

  • Speaking: The speaking task lasts for 14-15 minutes and comprises three parts. The first part is a general introduction part in which the examiner will ask you some personal questions. In the second part, you need to speak for 2 minutes continuously on a given cue card. Don’t worry! You will be given one minute to make your notes. In the third part, the examiner will ask some questions based on cue cards and you need to answer in 4-5 sentences. 

What is the cost of the IELTS exam? 

The current registration fee for the IELTS exam is 15,500 INR. There will be no refund if you do not appear for the exam or cancel your exam less than five weeks before the test date. However, if you cancel the exam more than five weeks before the test date, you will get a 75% of the total fee. 

How to book the IELTS exam? 

If you want to book the IELTS exam, here are the steps you can follow sequentially and carefully: 

Step 1: Visit the official website and click on the ‘register for test’ option. 

Step 2: Select the test type, mode and availability date.

Step 3: Enter your personal details. 

Step 4: Fill in your registration details. 

Step 5: Upload copies of your passport. 

Step 6: Fill in the RO details. 

Step 7: Review your application.

Step 8: Make the payment. Take the printout of the fee receipt. 

How to check the IELTS scores? 

You will get an SMS from the exam conducting body regarding your IELTS band scores. However, you can also check the eTRF by logging in to the account using the candidate ID given by the exam conducting body on your mail and the password set by you while creating an account. 


Ques 1) What is the full form of IELTS? 

Ans) The full form of the IELTS exam is International English Language Testing System. 

Ques 2) How many modules are there in the IELTS exam? 

Ans) There are four modules in the IELTS exam: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. 

Ques 3) What is the registration fee for the IELTS exam? 

Ans) The registration fee for the IELTS exam is 15,500 INR. 

Ques 4) Is there any age limit to be eligible for the IELTS exam? 

Ans) There is no age limit to be eligible for the IELTS exam.

Wrapping Up

To wrap up, the IELTS exam is gaining popularity day by day. Therefore, the difficulty level and strictness are also increasing. So, if you want to apply for the IELTS exam perfectly, you need to be familiar with the details to avoid any confusion later. We hope you have now got every piece of information regarding the IELTS exam through this blog.

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