Everything You Need To Know

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized test that measures the English proficiency of non-native English language speakers.

IELTS comes in two versions:

  1. IELTS Academic (this one)
  2. IELTS General Training (click here to get there)

The IELTS Academic test is one of the major English language tests and is accepted by over 3,000 academic institutions in the U.S. In addition, many Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, British, and Irish universities across the world also consider the results of this test as part of their admission process. It is for individuals who want to enroll in universities and professionals who want to practice in English-speaking countries.

IELTS is a 2-hour 45-minute test that is divided to four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

IELTS is a 2-hour and 45-minute test and is divided into four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. These sections test language skills and determine whether you are ready to begin studying in other countries, where English is the main instruction language. The entire test is completely unbiased and accepts all varieties of non-native English speakers, regardless of their background.

The test is highly secure and measures your ability to follow the development of ideas, writing skills, speaking, and more.

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Test Features

Assesses Your English Language Skills

The IELTS Academic test evaluates your skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. In order to do well on the test, you must pass the required criterion in each of the four sub-tests. The speaking part, a crucial component of the test, is conducted in the form of a one-on-one interview, and the examiner assesses your fluency as you are speaking.

Widely Accepted Across the World

Ten thousand organizations around the world accept the IELTS Academic test. Immigration authorities also accept the results of this test in Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Professional registration bodies in industries such as law, nursing, and engineering also consider the results of this exam.

The Test Is Highly Secure

Each IELTS test center takes your high-resolution photograph. It is then used to verify that you are the person who is taking the test. The results can be found in an online database available to all organizations that accept IELTS results.

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Technical Facts

IELTS Academic test is divided into four parts, including listening, reading, writing, and speaking. However, the test comes with a time limit.

Time Limit

The total time limit is 2 hours 45 minutes (+10 minutes transfer time). You will be given 30 minutes for the listening section, 60 minutes each for reading and writing, and 11-14 minutes for speaking.

4 Sections

Every test is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Listening Section
  2. Reading Section
  3. Writing Section
  4. Speaking Section

Section-1: IELTS Academic Listening

During this section, you will listen to four recordings and then write your answers.

  • Recording 1 is a conversation between two people in an everyday context.
  • Recording 2 is a monologue in an everyday context.
  • Recording 3 is a conversation between 4 people in an educational context.
  • Recording 4 is a monologue on an academic subject.

The test’s listening recordings may include a range of accents, including British, North-American, Australian, New Zealandian, South-African, and more. Before taking the test, use the iPrep Course to listen to these different varieties and to get accustomed to them.

Task types:  The total number of questions is 40, based on the order of recordings heard in the audio. The tasks include multiple choice, matching, sentence completion, chart summary completion, plan, and diagram labeling. Each question is worth one point.

Answers: First, you will write the answers on the question paper, but at the end of the test, you are given 10 minutes to write your answers on the sheet. Make sure you write the answers carefully as incorrect grammar and spelling will lead to a point deduction. Obviously, in the computerized version, your answers are immediately recorded.

Section-2: IELTS Academic Reading

The reading section includes three passages taken from journals, books, and magazines.  The questions help determine your various reading skills levels: reading for main ideas, gist, skimming, detail; understanding an argument, writer’s idea, and opinion. No previous professional knowledge is required.

Task types: The total number of questions is 40 and tasks based on them include multiple choice and short answer questions, identifying the writer’s views, matching sentence headings, features, headings, sentence, table, note, flow chart diagram, and summary completion. Each question is worth one point.

Answers: In this section, you will not get extra time to transfer your answers. You are required to write your answers on the sheet during the test.

Section-3: IELTS Academic Writing

The writing section has two tasks. The first task is to describe some information or trends in your own words. This is presented in either a graph, a map, or a process chart. The second task is to write a short essay in reply to an argument. The essay is should be in a formal style.

Task types: Completing both tasks is mandatory. The first task is to write 150 words in up to 20 minutes. The second task is to write 250 words in 40 minutes.

Answers: Answers must be clear, focused, well-organized, and relevant. Vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammatical level are also assessed. Answers must be written completely. Notes and bullet points will not be accepted.

Section-4: IELTS Academic Speaking

This section consists of an oral interview between you and the test taker. All the tests are recorded. It consists of three parts.

  • In Part 1, the test taker will ask you about yourself and about on topics such as home, family, and more. This part will last for four to five minutes.
  • During Part 2, you will be given a topic to talk about. You will have one minute to prepare. After you are done speaking, the examiner will ask you questions on the same topic.
  • In Part 3, you will be asked further questions about the same topic you spoke about in Part 2. This goes for four to five minutes.

Answers: All if your spoken answers are marked based on fluency, coherence, pronunciation, grammatical range, accuracy, and lexical resources.

Availability and Language

You can take the IELTS Academic Test in 140+ countries and in over 12,000 locations. The language is internationally focused as tasks are sourced from all over the English-speaking world.

Results and Score

After your IELTS Academic Test, you will receive scores for each of the four sections on a band of 0-9. Along with the individual section scores, you will also get an overall band score.

Result Scale and Interpretations

Source: www.ielts.org

The IELTS Academic test results are easy to interpret and are based on a 0-9 band scale. If your band score is 9, you are one step closer to getting admitted to the top universities around the world.

Here is a complete breakdown of the scores for every section:

Listening and Reading Scores

These scores are calculated based on the number of your correct answers out of 40 questions:


Writing Scores Criteria

Both the writing tasks are assessed on task achievement, response, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, and grammar range and accuracy.

Speaking Assessment Criteria

The speaking skills are accessed on the basis of your fluency, pronunciation, grammar range, accuracy, and lexical resource usage.

Overall Band Score

Your overall band score is the mean score of all the four sections.

You will also receive an individual band score for each skill.

Source: ieltsliz.com
  • If the total score is 6.25, it is increased to 6.5.
  • If your band is 6.75, your score will be increased to 7.

But if your score is 7.1, it will go down to 7.

Here is what every band score means:

  • 0 band score means you did not attempt the test.
  • 1 – “Non-user” means you are incapable of using the language except for a few isolated words.
  • 2 – “Intermittent user” means you have difficulty understanding English.
  • 3 – “Extremely limited user” means you can only understand the meaning of language in familiar environments.
  • 4 – “Limited user” means you are not able to use complex expressions of the language.
  • 5 – “Modest user” means that you have partial command on the language but are more likely to make mistakes.
  • 6 – “Competent user” means you have an effective command of the language and have the skills to understand complex phrases.
  • 7 – “Good user” means you understand the language and have an operational command on it.
  • 8 – “Very good user” means you have full command on the language but may interpret some things in unfamiliar situations.
  • 9 – “Expert user” means you have a complete understanding of the language, and usage is accurate and fluent.

There is no fixed score to pass the IELTS exam. The test is designed to assess English skills on a diverse range of levels. Your passing or eligible score is decided by the professional bodies and institutes to which you apply.

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Is the IELTS Academic Test online or offline?

The IELTS exam is conducted in both online and offline mode.

Is the test taken individually or by a large group of candidates?

The test is taken by a large group of candidates.

For instance, the paper-based test takes place at a larger venue, which encompasses 100+ students at one time while the online exam has a small venue and assigns one candidate per system.

Are results generated instantly upon completion?

No, the results are not generated instantly. You can expect the results of the online IELTS test to arrive within 13 days of taking the test. On the other hand, the offline test results can take up to 4-6 weeks.

Test Provider

Since the 1980s, IELTS test has been provided by the Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia with input from experts across the world. The other test provider’s teams are located in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and Great Britain.

Known as some of the best international organizations, they are committed to academic excellence and provide an English test that helps organizations assess the English language skills of non-native speakers. The test is designed to cover the ability of every person, ranging from beginner to expert user.

IELTS test providers measure your skills in four different sections and provide a band score based on the marks of each section.  They also check your ability to understand the opinion of the speaker in the listening test; inferences and implied meaning in the reading test and usage of spoken English.

They also record every test for extra monitoring or for re-marking in case of an appeal.

Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with any of the test providers mentioned above, who are the owners of the test.

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Welcome to iPrep’s 7-Day IELTS Preparation test course.

This course will help you develop your skills and with it your confidence in your upcoming IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) test. IELTS is an English aptitude test and contains individual components for Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students will be given a Band score (from 1 to 9) in each area and given an overall score. IELTS is used worldwide to prove students English Language proficiency for a variety of purposes including to meet university entry, migration and work requirements. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:

  • You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
  • You will be introduced to each type of question and will be provided with a great variety of helpful strategies for the different types of questions.
  • You will develop useful language skills that can be used beyond the IELTS exam and will assist you in many real-life situations including at work and in social situations. A key focus of the course is to assist students in using their existing language skills more effectively.

By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the aptitude test – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.

58 Learning Hours5 Practice Tests895 Questions2 Day Access

The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. We will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming IELTS test. These lessons will help you understand the underlying strategies that are essential for succeeding in the test.

The course includes not only strategies to help you improve your understanding of IELTS requirements but also assists in avoiding common pitfalls.

Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!

Skills You Will Learn

IELTS WritingIELTS ReadingIELTS SpeakingIELTS Listening


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Writing - Academic Task 1
  3. Writing - Academic Task 2
  4. Writing Topic Ideas - Bonus Material
  5. Speaking
  6. Speaking – Exercises
  7. Listening – Introduction & Strategies
  8. Listening – Question Types
  9. Listening - Full-Length Simulations
  10. Reading - Introduction & Strategies
  11. Reading - Question Types Introduction
  12. Reading - Full-Length Simulations
  13. Course Conclusion


Ph.D. Bruce Smart

Bruce spends his time in China teaching IELTS, TOEFL and SAT working with Propel Academics (展程出国留学培训中心) as partner and Director of Studies in Zhongshan, Guangdong. He is also involved in IELTS course preparation, training IELTS teachers and online teaching.

He is the founder of Yasi Learning and has published a book of IELTS essays “IELTS Writing Band 9 Essays” which is published through Strong and Bold publishing.

PgD Mike Wattie

Mike has been an IELTS tutor for over 15 years in Australia and Taiwan. He has published many books and articles on IELTS speaking and writing. In addition he has a website to help students prepare for their IELTS test at: IELTSanswers.com.

He has a long established career in language centers and universities in the field of English test development and assessment. He has a Master degree in Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.


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