What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an assessment
process for International Students who intend to study or work in countries
where English is the main language of communication. This system is a highly
reliable and recognised English exam method used by universities and
employers worldwide.
The IELTS is categorised into 4 testing areas as follows:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The structure of the assessments is as follows:

LISTENING 40 Questions 30 mins
READING 40 Questions 60 mins
WRITING 2 Essays 60 mins
SPEAKING 3 Parts 15 mins approx

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The scoring is calculated by bands as follows:

SCORE COMPETENCY Details Of Competency
9 Expert user Has full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good user Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good user Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited user Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely Limited user Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent user No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non user Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test No assessable information provided at all. Test was not taken.
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