IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates it assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

What is Ielts?

There are two modules of the IELTS:

Academic Module

For people applying for higher education or professional registration

General Training Module

For those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs and work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Why are the IELTS scores required?

Foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show a good understanding and strong command of the English language.

Is the IELTS compulsory?

Most Universities require a specific IELTS band score to be admitted. However, some Universities might accept other forms of English proficiency proof. But remember that if you don’t give IELTS, your chances of getting the student visa might suffer as the visa officers may not be convinced about your English proficiency without IELTS scores. So it is safer to appear for IELTS and aim to score at least 6.5 bands overall.

You can take IELTS exam with the British Council or IDP up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council and IDP global schedule for test dates are 48 days per year.

The IELTS test has four parts

  • Listening: 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
  • Reading: 60 minutes
  • Writing: 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 11–14 minutes

    The test total time is: 2 hours and 55 minutes

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IELTS Preparation Tips

There are two ways to prepare for IELTS:
  • self-studying
  • Attending coaching classes.

if money is an important consideration, then self-study is the better option. However, remember that to study on your own, you need good resource books and study material. if you are already fluent in English, you need not attend coaching classes; you can prepare for the exam on your own.On the other hand, if you don’t have enough time and you need professional supervision for the exam preparation then coaching classes are a good option. Since regularly attending classes will become part of your routine, your time will be better managed.

  • Now the questions that crop are what are the key components of IELTS exam preparation?
  • How should one prepare for separate sections of IELTS to boost the overall score in the exam?
  • How can aspirants crack IELTS exam to fetch entry in different countries for studies and work?
  • How to score well in IELTS?

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How to approach each section in IELTS?
Preparation Tips Listening Section

This is the first and most important part of the IELTS test. At the beginning of the Listening test you are given 30 seconds to look at the question paper. This enables you to use the words on the paper to predict the words that you will hear in the recording.


It could be a telephonic conversation or a general one and candidates will be asked to note down specific information from the conversation. This means that you will listen to two people talking to each other about arranging a trip, organizing an event, etc.


This is a monologue on an academic or study-related topic. This means you will listen a person given lecture or talk, which is focused academically. The best IELTS preparation tips to prepare for this is by mainly listening to discussions on television.

Group discussion

This is a conversation between two to four people in an educational or training context. This means that you listen to up to four people talking to each other about an assignment for a course, an academic subject in a seminar, etc.


They would listen to a speech in a social or academic context and answer a series of questions asked. This means that you listen to one person giving information about a public event, a service provided, etc. The test will measure how well one can grasp the core idea of the speech and understand highlighted issues.

Things to keep in mind:
  • Quickly look through the questions so that you are sure you understand the context.
  • Multi-tasking is a mandate in this section. Candidates need to continue to listen to the audio while writing down the notes and answers.
  • Do not mistakenly choose to copy the answers to the Answer Sheet during the time given before each section begins, because that time is for you to concentrate on reading the questions about the new section, to understand what’s coming up or what kind of information you need to focus on in the new section.
  • Write your answers in your test booklet and then transfer them at the end of the listening test. You will be given 10 minutes to do this
  •  Be sure to check that you have transferred your answers correctly and remember to check your spelling and grammar.
  • Be sure to complete your answer sheet. An incomplete answer sheet means and incomplete score.
Preparation Tips Reading Section

This section evaluates candidates’ reading skills. Basically, test takers are given long articles to read followed by a set of questions like multiple choice, sentence completion, summary writing, matching information, short-answers. The thing is though- you only have one hour to read three texts and answer 40 questions. In the Reading test, time is precious. You need to spend every minute of this time tackling the content of the questions, not wasting time on working out what the questions are asking in the first place!

Things to keep in mind:
  • Pick an article that interests you and read it as much as possible.
  • Making notes about what you consider the most important points to be.
  • Write a question about the article you just read using the different IELTS reading question formats.
  • Practicing comprehensions help a lot in the preparation process. Since the questions in the test are based on the style of comprehension, it always helps to sharpen comprehending skills.
  • You must have known that skimming and scanning are two essential tools in reading. Both rely on understanding of main ideas. Therefore, if you can’t grasp the main ideas in a short time, you will lose time. This can be learned by reading various articles.
  • start by reading the questions so that you know what information you need to look for when you turn to the passages
  • You see a word you don’t know and you start to panic. Calm down! The key here is not to worry and not to allow unknown words to distract you.
  • Time wasted on answers you don’t know is time lost on later answers that you might get right. Just move on to the next question and come back later if you have time.
  • Another way to practice reading is speed reading. However, reading as quickly as possible is NOT the key. If you read so fast that you have to read again, there are no benefits gained from this practice.
  • Reading intensively is also important in the IELTS test, especially to understand tough questions. With some questions or particular sentences, you need to read and try to understand every single word.
  • Be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.
Preparation Tips Writing Section

The writing section in each version of IELTS has two subsections.

General Writing

  • The general writing test consists of two tasks.
  • The first writing task will be a 150-word letter (formal, semi-formal or informal)
  • The second writing task will be a 250-word essay (this task is the same for both general and academic IELTS).

Academic Writing

The academic writing test consists of two writing tasks.

  • The first writing task will be a 150-word text describing data in a graph or table, or describing a process in a chart.
  • The second writing task will be a 250-word essay (this task is the same for both general and academic IELTS).

    Note: Word maximum limits is 175 for task 1 and 275 for task 2

    Whether you are taking IELTS Academic or General Training, you will need to write a 250 word essay in the Writing Part 2. You will perform much better if you understand what the examiner is looking for — and then deliver it.

Things to keep in mind:
  • Before writing an essay, you must know its basic structure. A book about essay writing will help you understand the structure and format of essays better.
  • Both the tasks should be completed on time. To get familiar with IELTS writing section time limits, it is necessary to undergo rigorous practice of writing.
  • You should answer all parts of the question, your answer must be relevant, and you should provide supporting ideas for the points you are making.
  • It is advisable to commence with Task 2 first as it is worth more marks and is easier.
  • Your writing should be structured so it is easy to read and understand. This means you need to organize your ideas into paragraphs. You also need to link your ideas with words like however, therefore and despite.
  • Candidates should underline important words in the task to focus on what they have to do when they start answering. It works as a reminder.
  • To get a good score, you need to use a wide range of vocabulary. Not everything has to be 100% correct, but any errors you do make should be few in number and should not affect understanding.
  • Writing requires good vocabulary. Consult a dictionary to look up the meaning and usage of new words to enrich your vocabulary.
  • Grammatical range and accuracy. As with vocab, you should use a variety of grammatical structures, and any grammatical errors should be few in number and should not affect understanding
  • Test takers must stick to the topic and not write unnecessary responses and statements.
  • Practice Sample Questions. Do both 2 tasks in one hour. You can focus only on task 1 or task 2, but before the test, you should practice writing both tasks to get familiar with time limits.
Preparation Tips Speaking Section

Speaking section of IELTS checks your speaking ability and vocal clarity. It involves a one-to-one interaction between the student and an examiner. The speaking test requires one to be spontaneous as it is a human interaction as opposed to a computerized one. The IELTS speaking test will take between 11-14 minutes. It consists of three sections.

First part: The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself, your family, interests, studies, work etc.

Second part: You will be given a topic card with three points to talk about. You will have 1 minute to prepare speaking points, and 1-2 minutes to speak continuously, addressing all parts of the task. You will be asked discussion questions relating to the topic from two.

Third part: This part is important as here the examiner asks questions about the topic from the second part. The examiner can put forward some arguments taken from candidate’s speech or he/she might ask to elaborate on a specific point of view the candidate had previously shared.

Things to keep in mind:
  • This is the section where one can enjoy speaking English, thus it is vital to sound confident and talk as fluently as possible.
  • Once you start speaking, continue until the examiner stops you. Don’t just answer the question in one line and stop.
  • You need to remember that it also indicates that even though you are talking about something sensitive, you’re willing to speak directly and honestly about it.
  • There are chances that you have to speak about something you have never heard of, or have no opinion on. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, tell the examiner so he asks you another question. If you don’t tell him and start speaking, the examiner might think that you don’t have the flow because of language problem.
  • Candidates should remember that there is nothing called single answer and there is no right or wrong answer. However, test takers should ensure that their ideas and opinions are conveyed in a proper manner.
  • Examines should avoid using fillers while responding as it reflects hesitation. Filler words in English ‘are’ ‘um’, ‘uh’, ‘er’, ‘ah’, ‘like’, ‘okay’, ‘right’, and ‘you know’.

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