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About IELTS

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.

IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. 

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2.2 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognized as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.


IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1,000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries.


You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate.

Both modules are made up of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale.

You can trust the quality and security of IELTS because it is managed by three reputable, international organisations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).

IELTS Format

Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • Listening consists of 4 sections, 40 items, and allows for 40 mintues to complete.
  • Reading consists of 3 sections, 40 items, and allows for 60 minutes to complete.
  • Writing consists of 2 tasks (150 words and 250 words) and allows for 60 minutes to complete.
  • Speaking consists of a face-to-face interview and allows for 11-14 minutes to complete.


Total Test Time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.


Candidates must be prepared to spend the entire day at the test center, because there is a speaking interview in the afternoon. Appointments are arranged in order of test registration date, so the later a person signs up for a testing date, the later the speaking appointment will be scheduled.

Test Results

  • There is no pass or fail mark.
  • Candidates receive scores on a band scale from 1 to 9.
  • Candidates receive a score for each module of the test as well as an Overall score.
  • Overall Band Scores, Listening, and Reading Band Scores are Reported in half bands
  • Writing and Speaking Band Scores are reported in whole Bands.
  • Results are valid for two years.


Results are released on the 13th day following each test date. Test results are not released over the phone or via email attachments.

To preview your IELTS test result, complete all fields at https://results.ielts.org. The preview of your IELTS result is usually available online 13 days after your test date, and will remain available for 28 days thereafter. Your official Test Report Form will be mailed to you 13 days after the test. Please note the preview of your IELTS result cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result.


Disclaimer: The online preview of your test result may not be used as an official score report. IELTS International, the test center and the IELTS Partners give no guarantee as to the accuracy of the preview result, and will not accept any responsibility for an inaccurate score. IELTS International, the test center and the IELTS Partners will not accept any responsibility in the event that your result fails to display, whether due to technical fault or administrative procedures.

Test Report Form (TRF)

IELTS provides a profile of English language ability in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.


A Band Score for each of the four modules as well as an overall score is recorded on the Test Report Form. This allows receiving institutions to clearly identify the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. These Band Scores are recorded on the Test Report Form along with details of the candidate’s nationality, first language and date of birth. The Test Report Form indicates whether it is for an Academic or General Training candidate.


Marking at the test centre ensures that test results are available without any administrative delay. A valid Test Report Form bears a centre stamp, a validation stamp and the IELTS administrator’s signature. Test Report Forms should be sent directly from the test centre to the receiving institution or organization.


Photocopies should not be accepted.

Interpretation of Results Band

9 Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstanding may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest User
Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. It has frequent problems in understanding and expression. It is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.