IELTS 2018 which stands for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the language test which measures the proficiency of the candidate in English language. IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.
IELTS Conducting Authority
The exam conducting body for IELTS is British Council and Educational Testing Service (ETS). IELTS is available in two test versions: one is Academic which is for people applying for higher education or professional registration and another one is General Training which is for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both forms versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
IELTS is available at more than 1,100 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA, and there are 48 test dates a year
IELTS Test Pattern 2018-19
The total duration for the IELTS test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Among four sections, Listening, reading and writing tests are done in one sitting while speaking test may be taken on the same day or within 7 days before or after the IELTS test. The speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s English communication skills. However as per the pattern to be followed in 2018, the speaking test is either conducted after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or within seven days before or after that. The pattern is clearly shown in the table below:
|IELTS Test Component||Duration||Brief Description|
|Listening||30 minutes||4 sections, 40 items||It encompasses four recorded monologues and conversations|
|Reading||60 minutes||3 sections, 40 items||Three long reading passages with tasks.
Texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive, and analytical includes non-verbal material like diagrams, graphs and illustrations texts are authentic (taken from books, journals and newspapers)
|Writing||60 minutes||2 tasks||A writing task of at least 150 words where the candidate must summarize, describe or explain table, graph, chart or diagram, and another short essay task of at least 250 words|
|Speaking||11-14 minutes||3 part one-on-one conversation||Face-to-face interview includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion|
There are approx 9,000 organizations worldwide including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies which accept IELTS scores.
IELIS 2018 Eligibility
There are no specific IELTS eligibility criteria followed by the candidates. However the candidate should know the application procedure of the institutes where he/she applies to.
IELTS 2018-19 Dates
There are no specific dates mentioned for IELTS exam. Candidates can select an IELTS 2018 test date in accordance with their convenience and availability of seats. However the British Council and IDP global schedule for test dates are 48 days per year. The IELTS can be taken by the candidate once a week and hence it amounts to 4 times a month. The exam date that is chosen by the candidate should be at least three-four months before the first application deadline.
IELTS Exam Fees
The registration fee for IELTS is Rs. 11,300
IELTS Result 2018
IELTS test results are declared online 13 calendar days after the test. The candidates can log in to their IELTS account in order to check their scores.