IELTS has you covered: IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test with more than 2 million tests taken in the past year; recognized by more than 9000 organisations in 135 countries for study, work and migration purposes.  

The test that’s fairer to you: IELTS is the only high-stakes English language test where your Speaking test is one-on-one with an examiner in a private room where you will not be interrupted by other test takers. There will be no computers and no distractions. 

A better format: People have different approaches to answering questions and with IELTS you can answer questions within the Reading test or within the Writing test in the order that suits you. You can also make changes to your Reading answers during the hour of the Reading test and adjust your Writing responses during the hour of the Writing test.  

Regular testing: IELTS tests are held up to four times a month, though test dates can vary by test locations. And most IDP IELTS test centres hold the speaking test on a different day to the Listening/Reading/Writing test which many candidates prefer over doing it all on the same day. 

Motivational: Research shows that IELTS motivates test-takers to develop real and well-rounded English rather than learning by rote. This means your understanding of English is improved and valid for real life in an English-speaking country.  

Researched and unbiased: IELTS test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location.  

Certified examiners: IELTS Examiners are fully qualified and follow the IELTS standardised testing around the world. IELTS has a quality-controlled system of recruitment, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring. IELTS markers are regularly monitored and tested every two years to retain their certification. 

Standardized testing: The IELTS nine (9) band score system grades scores consistently. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. Test materials are designed carefully so that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty.

IELTS Test Pattern 2017

IELTS Test Component Duration Brief Description
Listening 30 minutes 4 sections, 40 items
Reading 60 minutes 3 sections, 40 items
Writing 60 minutes 2 tasks
Speaking 11-14 minutes 3 part one-on-one conversation