In this article, we’re going to outline the IELTS exam for you and answer the most common questions that people ask about IELTS. We’ll take a quick look at the format and what things are on the exam. Also, we’ll go over how to register, times, dates and get the results. We’ll quickly examine the different levels and scoring systems of IELTS, too. We’ll tell you how GlobalExam can prepare you for the IELTS exam as well.

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What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System; it’s a widely recognized and well- regarded English exam that assesses a non-native speaker’s ability to use English in four areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

What is IELTS?

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Who should take an IELTS exam?

If you plan on attending an English language university, or work for an international firm or immigrate to an English speaking country, then IELTS is a good choice for you.

IELTS Format

The IELTS exam will assess a candidate’s abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. There are two main types of IELTS (Academic and General Training). Both versions of IELTS assess the four major language domains.

  • Listening section has 40 questions in the form of multiple choice.
  • Reading section has 40 questions, relating to three different texts.
  • Writing section contains two writing tasks-short task and essay task.
  • Speaking section is a face-to-face interview with an IELTS examiner. There are three parts, and it lasts 11-15 minutes.

The sections are on the same day, except that the speaking section may be a week before or after the other sections.

The IELTS Levels and Focus

The Academic and GeneralTraining versions of IELTS use nine bandwidths to describe your score. Below are descriptions:

BandwidthBandwidth Ranking of Ability Description
9Expert UserMastery of English language use.
8Very good userVery good operational command of English with only minor problems.
7Good userGood general command of English despite some errors and misunderstandings.
6Competent userCompetent command of English in unfamiliar situations. Good ability with everyday situations.
5Modest UserAbility to understand the general meaning of a situation in English although there are numerous misunderstandings.
4Limited userAbility to deal with a few daily situations.
3Extremely limited userA person is only able to deal with very familiar situations.
22 Intermittent userThe person experiences great difficulties communicating and being understood.
1Non userDoes not know how to speak English, except for the ability to use a few basic phrases.
0Did not sit the examThe person did not show up for the exam.

Times, Dates, Registration and Results

Step one – Go to the registration page and find your nearest IELTS test location. You can follow these links to do so:

Step two – Register for your IELTS test.

You can register online, or it’s possible to download an application form, and submit it to your local exam center. You will need an official government ID. The same ID is needed for identification on your exam day and to pick-up your results.

Step three – Your IELTS test is booked. You should receive notification that your exam has been booked.

Your Scores

You will receive a TRF (Test Report Form); you can have it mailed to you if you wish. Your scores will be available as shown below:

  • Paper-based test: 13 days after your IELTS test.
  • Computer-delivered IELTS: 5 and 7 days after your IELTS test.

Scores are valid for two years. You can sit the IELTS exam as many times as you like. The fee is at least 175£, and will vary somewhat, according to your location.

Preparing for IELTS with GlobalExam Online

It requires a lot to prepare for IELTS. Time and effort is up to you. GlobalExam can help with the organizing and the materials to become familiar with the IELTS exam’s format and question types. GlobalExam has an excellent platform to prepare with.

What do we have for you?

GlobalExam’s online IELTS exam preparation has the following:

  • Exercises, exercise and more exercises, so you will get the practice you need for IELTS tasks, and question types
  • Mock exams with timing. It’s a great way to practice for an actual exam
  • Corrected materials – so you can fix the errors
  • Progress tracking metrics that show you your progress and how to improve
  • Feedback to keep you motivated
  • Multiple study paths; choose a path that suits you
  • Knowledgeable staff who want to see you excel
  • Great platform to enhance your IELTS preparation

Our online IELTS preparation is a premium service. We provide a free version of our IELTS materials, giving you the chance to try things.

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