Soon this year in 2023 students will have the provision to retake the IELTS for one component if they did not get the desired score on the first attempt. Students who wish to study abroad can now take an Ielts Speaking retest in a module for which they did not get the desired score. This is good news for students, as they will not have to go through the pressure of appearing for the whole exam again. They can peacefully focus on improving the only required area. This decision may also increase the number of IELTS registration.


IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test. Since the past 25+ years, it has been a leader in testing the 4 skills of English language. Even today, it has set the benchmark for English language proficiency. Over 10,000 organisations accept IELTS score as a proof of English. In India, IELTS can be taken at over forty locations.

IELTS is accepted for the following purposes:

  • Study abroad – Students planning for overseas education need to take an English language test that approves their proficiency. IELTS IDP India helps you gain admission to institutions abroad.
  • Work abroad – IELTS is the world’s top English language evaluation, acknowledged by employers and professional bodies from English-speaking counties globally and also some universities in non-English speaking countries require and IELTS score, where courses are taught in English.
  • Immigration – If you are planning to immigrate to an English speaking country, it is mandatory for you to take IELTS. Migration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US, and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration.

IELTS Test Format

IELTS Listening:

The IELTS Listening section comprises four tasks to be completed. In a task, there will be 1 recording with 10 questions. In total, there will be 40 questions and the total time is 30 minutes. Candidates will be given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to the answer sheet. 

Recording Details

  • Section 1: 10 questions (General conversation between 2 English natives)
  • Section 2: 10 questions (Monologue on the general topic)
  • Section 3: 10 questions (Conversation between 2-4 people around academics)
  • Section 4: 10 questions (Monologue on an academic topic)

IELTS Listening Question Types

IELTS listening test questions include:

  • Multiple choice
  • Matching
  • Plan, map, diagram labeling
  • Form, note, table, flowchart, summary completion
  • Sentence completion
  • Short-answer questions

IELTS Speaking:

IELTS pattern for the speaking section is quite easy. The speaking section is like a face-to-face interview between the test taker and the examiner. In IELTS Speaking, grammar, accuracy, coherence and fluency, lexical resources, and pronunciation of each candidate are assessed in 11-14 minutes. Most IELTS Speaking Topics are general in type. Candidates can practice these topics listed on the official website of IELTS. 

IELTS Speaking Questions

  • Test takers have to complete 3 tasks in this section
  • In Task 1 :  The test-taker has to give a general introduction like education, home, family, and work.

Time: 4-5minutes.

  • In Task 2 : The test-taker has to pick up a task card for choosing a topic to talk about with the examiner.

Time: 3-4 minutes (including preparation time). 

  • In Task 3 : The examiner will discuss whatever said by the test taker in Task 2.

Time: 4-5 minutes.

  • These tasks check the ability of the candidates to communicate their views on everyday topics, any given topic, and the ability to justify what they have said. 

This section is also the same for both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 

IELTS Reading

For IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, the reading section is different for test-takers. Test takers get 60 minutes to complete this section of IELTS Reading. 40 questions to be answered in this section.

 IELTS Academic Reading, the reading passages are of medium length and they are taken from journals, books, magazines, and newspapers. The writing style of most of these reading excerpts ranging from descriptive, factual, discursive, and analytical. In all these passages, a test-taker has to recognize the purpose, attitude, or opinions present in writers behind writing these.

 IELTS General Training Reading, 3 sections are the excerpts from newspapers, books, magazines, guidelines, advertisements, handbooks, and notices. For Task 1, the test-taker has to write about “social survival”. For Task 2, the test-taker has to write about “workplace survival” and for Task 3 it is a general reading passage with a little complex structure.

IELTS Reading Question Types

IELTS reading question types include:

  • Multiple choice
  • Identifying information
  • Identifying the writer’s views/claims
  • Matching information
  • Matching headings
  • Matching features
  • Matching sentence endings
  • Sentence completion
  • Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
  • Diagram label completion
  • Short-answer questions

As the types of passages are different in IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, the difficulty levels are also different. These tasks also check the candidate’s focus on detail and their skills of understanding relationships between two factors and analytical skills. 

IELTS Writing:

Like IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing is different for both Academic and General Training test takers. In this section, test takers have to complete 2 tasks in 60 minutes. For IELTS writing task 1, candidates get 20 minutes to write 150 words and for IELTS Writing task 2, candidates get 40 minutes to write 250 words.

IELTS Writing Question Types

  • For IELTS Writing Task 1, the test taker gets a minimum of 20 minutes. The word limit to complete Task 1 is 150 words. For Academic task 1, candidates have to write a report analysing a graph or table and for General task 1, candidates have to write a letter. 
  • For IELTS Writing Task 2, the test-taker gets a minimum time of 40 minutes. The word limit for the 2nd task is 250 words. For Academic task 2, candidates have to write an article in response to a situation and for General task 2, candidates also have to write an essay in response to an argument or point of view. 
  • Every piece of information should be relevant enough to complete a writing task. Test takers should write down all the important information given through graphical representation. Examiners mark the test takers on basis of 4-5 criteria like task achievement or task response, coherence, lexical resource, and grammatical accuracy.


  • The duration, word limit, and marking criteria are the same in the IELTS general training writing section. Here Task 1 is a letter-writing but in IELTS academic, task 1 is a description of a graph or chart. For Task 1, the test-taker has to write in a formal, semi-formal, or personal format. Task 2 (essay) will be personal in style. 

  1. General Training – This test is accredited for daily use of language and is mostly applicable in cases of immigration.

  2. Academic – This particular test is taken by students who are aspiring for education abroad or professionals who are exploring work opportunities overseas.


Listening Academic Reading General Training Reading
No. of questions duration; 40-30 min No. of questions duration; 40-60 min No. of questions duration; 40-30 min


Speaking (interview) General Training Writing Academic Writing
No. of sections; 3 Task-1; 150 words Task-1; 150 words
Task-2; 250 words Task-2; 250 words
Duration; 11-14 min Duration; 60 min Duration; 60 min


  • Trusted Experts – IELTS is the most trusted name when it comes to English language proficiency test. It is developed by Cambridge experts and is well supported by a strong research and development team.
  • Frequency of Test – Due to the easy availability of the tests, it is known to be the most convenient for test takers. It is available on 48 dates of the year i.e. upto 4 dates a month.
  • Accepted by most organisations – More than 10,000 organisations
  • abroad accept the score as a validation of language proficiency.
  • Face to face Testing – It is known to be the fairest of all tests and is the only one that includes a face-to-face interaction.

Minimum Age Requirement for Taking the IELTS Exam

  • The IELTS exam requires a minimum age of 16 years. The IELTS exam is applicable to anybody over the age of 16, regardless of nationality or background.
Test type Test fee
Computer-delivered IELTS INR 15,500
Paper-based IELTS INR 15,500
IELTS for UKVI INR 15,750
Life Skills INR 14,600


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