IELTS exam

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IELTS General - 4 modules
  • Listening : 40 minutes

    (30 mins to listen to the audio, 10 minutes to transfer the answers from the question paper to an answer sheet)

  • Reading : 60 minutes - (3 passages in the order of difficulty)
  • Writing : 2 tasks / 60 minutes

    Task 1 - letter writing (formal, informal, semi-formal) 150 words limit - 20 minutes time duration

    Task 2 - Essay writing General topic will be given 250 words limit - 40 minutes time duration

  • Speaking : 11-14 minutes / 3 sections

    Section 1 - self introduction, Section 2- cue card, Section 3- discussion

  • IELTS Academic : 4 modules
    • Listening : 40 minutes - (30mins to listen to the audio 10 minutes to transfer the answers to an answer sheet)
    • Reading : 60 minutes -(Given 3 passages in the order of difficulty)
    • Writing : 2 tasks / 60 minutes

      Task 1 - picture writing 150-word limit 20 minutes time duration

      Task 2 - Essay writing General topic 250 words limit 40mins time duration

    • Speaking : 11-14mins /3sections

      Section 1 - self introduction Section 2 will be the cue card Section 3 is a discussion

Scorecard
Acceptable scores are 5.5, 6 overall and 6.5 The candidates can also get a score ending in 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, and 9. Every individual IELTS Skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) gets a band score in this range. You can also score an overall band score for your whole test.

Reference study material

  • The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS
  • Barron IELTS super pack
  • Target band 7 IELTS academic
  • ELTS success formula academic
  • Cambridge IELTS 11 - self-study pack
  • ACE the IELTS general
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