Candidates should always take IELTS preparation seriously to achieve a good band score from your IELTS exam. To ensure required score, you need to start off by finding a suitable reputed place for your studies. The coaching center should have experienced trainers and be equipped with relevant facilities required for proper exam preparation. If you frequently make grammatical mistakes while writing or speaking then you need to join for spoken English also to refine your fundamental grammar of English. You should also participate in group discussions and debates with your batch mates.
There is no minimum qualification for taking the IELTS test. Anyone literate in english can appear for the exam.
Individual institutions set the score level requirements / faculties according to their specific language needs of the course, study or work program. Please check the below link to check for organisations which accept the IELTS test and the band score they require:
IELTS score is valid for two years. At the time of admission to an educational institute, the latest IELTS score is considered.
Test Format :
As mentioned earlier, there are four sub-tests in the IELTS test: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. One must sit all the four sub-tests. For General and Academic the Listening and Speaking tests are same but there will be different Reading and Writing tests.
The total test time is two hours and 45 minutes. There will be an assessment of Listening, Reading and Writing tests in one sitting. However, the Speaking test can be on the same day or seven days before or after the other tests.
IELTS listening test is for 30 minutes and consists of four parts, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each part will be a monologue or dialogue. The audio clips are played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening.
The IELTS Reading test is for 60 minutes. Both for Academic Reading test and General Training Reading test there are three sections and in order of increasing difficulty.
The IELTS Writing test also is for 60 minutes. For both Acdemic writing and General writing candidates must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is are no options of question topics.
A specially trained examiner conducts the ielts speaking test by one-to-one interview. The examiner will interview the candidate for about 11-14 minutes and ask them to speak for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn.