Saturday, 17 June 2017

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

What is IELTS: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). 
Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

About the test 
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic:
The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.
This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.

IELTS General Training
The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

How are the two tests different?

IELTS Listening and Speaking tests are the same for both tests. IELTS Reading and Writing are different. Find out more about the format of each test.

General Training


11-14 mins

Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.


60 mins

5-6 texts taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, offical documents, books and newspapers


60 mins
Write a letter (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Semi-formal style.

30 mins
4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

View General Training Test Format



11-14 mins
Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.


60 mins

3 long texts taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Selected for a non-specialist audience.


60 mins

Describe a table, chart or diagram (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Formal style.


30 mins

4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.


How IELTS is scored

IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale
IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)


The IELTS scale

Band      score
Skill level
Expert user
The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
Very good user
The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
Good user
The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Competent user
The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Modest user
The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
Limited user
The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user
The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Intermittent user
The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Did not attempt the test
The test taker did not answer the questions.

Calculating the overall band score

A score is given for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.


IELTS Application Fees:


The registration fee for IELTS is INR 11,800

IELTS preparation checklist

Register for the test.
There are 48 test dates per year and IDP IELTS offers over 200 test locations all over the world. Search for a test centre near you and find a convenient test date. Check the IELTS score required by your chosen university, institution, employer or organisation. Each organisation sets their own requirements so it’s a good idea to contact the organisation directly to check their IELTS requirements.

Improve your English:
Taking an English language course is one of the best ways to improve your English. The feedback you receive from your teacher will help you improve the specific skills involved in speaking, listening, reading and writing English. Test preparation is different to an English language course, as it will not help improve your English. An IELTS preparation course can help you familiarise yourself with the types of tasks included in an IELTS test. Ask your local IELTS test centre for more information about a preparation course near you.

Use English Everday:
Listen to English language radio, television and film. You should try to listen to a variety of English accents including American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand. Read English publications such as newspapers and magazines regularly. Write letters, emails or notes in English whenever possible. Speak English with your friends and family.

Practise with sample Questions:
Practise the free IELTS test sample questions. Use sample questions and sample responses with examiner comments. There is a wide range of IELTS preparation material available for purchase at bookshops and online. You can also find IELTS books here:

IELTS videos
Prepare for the IELTS Speaking test with IELTS VIdeos. They explain the aspects of fluency and coherence, lexis and vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation that are considered during assessment.

The day before the test
Re-read the Information for Candidates booklet and Notice to Candidates again to ensure that you understand the test format and rules. Plan your journey – ensure you know how to get to the test venue so that you arrive in time. Also, get plenty of rest the night before your test to help you feel more relaxed on the day.

Test Day
Allow plenty of time to travel to the test venue to ensure you arrive on time. Bring your passport/national identity card with you: You must have the same identification that you provided on your IELTS Application Form or you will not be able to take the test. Bring stationery: pens, pencils and erasers that you need for the test.


A Test Report Form is posted to test takers 13 days after their test. It shows:
An Overall Band Score (from 1-9)
A band score (from 1-9) for each section of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
Whether IELTS Academic or General Training was completed
The test taker’s photo, nationality, first language and date of birth..
Test Report Forms are valid for two years.

Centre Name                                                                                                     
IDP Education - Amritsar
IDP Education - Dehradun                                                                              
British Council test location - Madurai
British Council test location - Goa
British Council test location - Bhatinda
IDP Education - Trivandrum
IDP Education - Kochi                                                                                     
British Council test location - Amritsar                                                       
- Amritsar                                                       
IDP Education - Angamaly                                                                            
IDP Education - Vadodara                                                                             
British Council test location - Rajkot                                                            
IDP Education - Bhopal                                                                                      
British Council test location - Baroda                                                        
IDP Education - Trichur                                                                                      
British Council test location - Vijaywada                                                  
IDP Education - Jaipur                                                                                        
IDP Education – Kottayam                                                                            
IDP Education - New Delhi                                                                            
New Delhi                                                                            
British Council test location - Kochi                                                                   
British Council test location - Patna                                                                   
IDP Education - Chennai                                                                                    
British Council test location - Bhopal                                                                 
IDP Education - Ambala                                                                                     
British Council test location - Hyderabad                                                  
British Council test location - Lucknow    
IDP Education - Hyderabad                                                                          
IDP Education - Patiala                                                                                   
British Council test location - Chandigarh                                                 
British Council test location - Surat                                                                  
British Council test location - Vizag                                                                 
IDP Education - Bangalore                                                                           
British Council test location - Trivandrum                                              
IDP Education - Pune                                                                                            
IDP Education - Rajkot                                                                                        
British Council test location - Coimbatore                                            
British Council test location - Trichy 
IDP Education - Ahmedabad                                                                  
IDP Education - Moga                                                                                        
British Council test location - Thrissur                                                            
IDP Education - Chandigarh                                                                        
British Council test location - Anand                                                             
IDP Education - Mumbai                                                                                   
IDP Education - Mehsana                                                                               
British Council test location - Ludhiana                                                      
British Council test location - Kolkata                                                            
IDP Education - Vijayawada                                                                     
IDP Education - Indore                                                                                      
British Council test location - Bangalore                                                  
IDP Education - Anand                                                                                       
IDP Education - Karnal                                                                                     
British Council test location - Siliguri                                                             
British Council test location - Chennai                                                         
IDP Education - Navi Mumbai                                                                
Navi Mumbai                                                                
IDP Education - Kolkata                                                                                  
British Council test location - Guwahati                                                    
British Council test location - Kottayam                                                       
IDP Education - Calicut                                                                                         
British Council test location - Jaipur                                                                   
IDP Education - Vizag                                                                                           
British Council test location - Ranchi                                                               
IDP Education - Bhatinda                                                                                
British Council test location – Jalandhar                                                    
British Council test location - Calicut                                                           
IDP Education - Coimbatore                                                                       
British Council test location - Moga                                                             
British Council test location - Delhi                                                            
British Council test location - Mumbai                                                        
British Council test location – Bhubaneswar                                       
IDP Education - Mangalore                                                                      
IDP Education - Surat                                                                                         
British Council test location - Pune                                                                   
IDP Education - Jalandhar                                                                            
IDP Education - Jammu                                                                                       
British Council test location - Raipur                                                               
British Council test location - Patiala                                                            
IDP Education - Ludhiana                                                                                
British Council test location - Ahmedabad                                             

IELTS Test date

To Check upcoming IELTS exam dates in your city, visit this link :-

Registration Procedure

You have to register for the test before you can be placed on the list for a particular test date. As these fill up quickly, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible. Be aware that registration for a particular test date is based on payment of the test fee on a first come first served basis
The deadline for submission of application is set three weeks prior to a certain test date.

2. Upload Required Documents

a. Scan and upload a clear copy of the VALID ID required with photo and signature. 

Valid National ID (any of the following may be considered as a valid ID)
Passport (valid at least 6 months before test date and must NOT have holes)
PRC Professional ID
SSS ID card
GSIS e-card
Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) 
3.  Test fee
4.  Payment Options
b. Online Payment
c. Offline Payment

After clicking "Pay Offline", close the tab and check your email. An email will be sent to you regarding payment procedure. Offline payment options are:

i. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Payment
Payment can be made at the IDP Education Pty Ltd (Manila) office by:
- Cash
- Credit Card
- Manager's Check (payable to "IDP Education Pty Ltd")

ii. Other Offline Payment Options:

1) Click the link provided in the email

2) Fill-in the required information

Indicate Candidate's Name in the "Invoice No." field in the link

3) Choose preferred payment method

4) Follow the email instructions

* Each vendor will have their own payment validation process, please follow email instructions to the letter
* Take note of your reference number for Bayad Centers and Over-the-Counter Payments

5. Important Notes
If payment is not received within 24 hours, your booking will automatically be cancelled

Your scanned document must contain: 
Your ID or Passport number

·  Your signature

o For passports: Please sign on it before you scan it
o For National IDs: In case your ID does not have your signature on, please add your signature in the document to be uploaded (see sample below) 
Your date of Birth

·  Your photograph

·  Your ID (if applicable) or Passport expiry date

· If you use your National ID then make sure that both sides are in one page – preferably the one side under the other

For more information about IELTS, you can also contact to

Amit Book Depot
SCO 210-211, Ground Floor, SEC-34A,Chandigarh
Postal/Zip Code : 160022
Tel: 0172 2665665
WhatsApp: 7696866526


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