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IELTS Frequently Asked Question – If you are preparing for the IELTS exam of your own, you are advised to learn about the exam format,frequently asked question, different modules/sections etc.

IELTS Frequently asked Questions

Ques 1 How long does it take to get IELTS results?

Ans 1 You won’t have long to wait for your results – IELTS test results are released 13 calendar days after you sit the test. Preview your results online 13 days after the test. Test centres will post your Test Report Form to you 13 days after the test or have it ready for you to pick up in person.

Ques 2 How much is the IELTS test?

Ans 2 How much does it cost to take IELTS? Fees are set by test centres and vary from country to country. Expect to pay around £115 GBP, €190 Euros or $200 USD.

Ques 3 How long is the IELTS test?

Ans 3 IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting.

Ques 4 How long is the IELTS test valid for?

Ans 4 Scores from both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam are valid for two years from the date of the exam.

Ques 5 What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?

Ans 5  Please contact the test centre where you booked your test.

  • If you postpone or cancel your application more than five (5) weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge.
  • If you postpone or cancel within five (5) weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a serious medical reason.
  • If you provide a medical certificate within five (5) days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

Ques 6 What if I am absent or sick on the day of my test ?

Ans 6  If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee. However, if you are unable to attend due to a serious medical condition and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

Ques 7 Can I write in capital letters?

Ans 7 Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening components and also in the Writing component.

Ques 8 Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?

Ans 8  Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.

Ques 9 What can I take in the examination room ?

Ans 9  Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the valid passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form with you to the test.

You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified.

Ques 10 How are the test mark ?

Ans 10 IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine

Ques 11  What is the difference between the General Training Reading module and the Academic Reading module?

Ans 11 The reading passages and questions are easier in the General Training module of IELTS. However, you need to get a higher number of correct answers to achieve the same band score as someone taking the Academic module.

Ques 12 What are the reading passages about?

Ans 12 In the General Training IELTS module, they will usually be informational: the kind of text you would expect to find in a leaflet, newspaper or magazine. In the Academic IELTS module, the passages will cover three diverse academic topics. You do not need any knowledge of these topics before taking the test.

Ques 13 Which should I read first: the passage or the questions?

Ans 13 Generally speaking, it is better to read the passage first to give yourself an idea of the overall topic and organisation of the text. It then becomes much easier to interpret the questions and know where to look for the answers. However, it may be a good idea to look briefly at the question types before you read. If there is a headings matching task, for example, you may be able to do this as you skim-read.

Ques 13 How much time should I spend skim-reading each passage?

Ans 13 You do not want to spend more than five minutes reading a single passage. At this stage, it is not important to understand all the details. You should only be reading for the main idea of each paragraph. If you find you have spent more than five minutes reading a single passage, stop reading and start working on the questions.

Que 14 What question types are there in IELTS Reading?

Ans 14 Unlike TOEFL, IELTS includes more than just multiple-choice questions. You may have to add match headings to paragraphs, complete sentences or a summary, or match opinions to people mentioned in the text. There are also True/False/Not Given questions which require a detailed understanding of the passage. Each passage will be followed by an average of 13 questions and these will generally be of three to five different types.

Ques 15 How much time should I spend on each question?

Ans 15 Given that you will need up to fifteen minutes of reading time, that leaves you with 45 minutes to answer a total of 40 questions. It is advisable to spend no more than one minute answering each individual question. You can always come back to more difficult questions later.

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