What is IELTS exam?
Hi Everyone! In our attempt to familiarize the students with the patterns of English Language Exams, we had a series of blogs on PTE Academic. Now in the new series, we are bringing you articles related to IELTS exam. In our first blog, we want to address a common question. So what is IELTS exam? We are sure that this information shall help you decide how IELTS is different from PTE.
Before we start, just a recap… Earlier we published series of blogs on PTE exam. We hope you have seen them all. Just in case you missed, we strongly encourage you to go over PTE exam related blogs. You can find the linked to these articles below:
- WHAT PTE EXAM IS ABOUT?
- PREPARING FOR PTE SPEAKING TEST (PART 1)
- PREPARING FOR PTE SPEAKING TEST (PART 2)
- PREPARING FOR PTE WRITING TEST
- PREPARING FOR PTE READING TEST
- PREPARING FOR PTE LISTENING TEST (PART 1)
- PREPARING FOR PTE LISTENING TEST (PART 2)
Many of you are in a dilemma whether to take IELTS or PTE. But it really does not matter which one you take. Assessment for both is fair. Based on the differences mentioned below you can make a choice.
|Computer based test||Pen and paper test (in
|Skills are integrated||Each skill is separate|
|All four skills at a stretch||Listening, reading and writing together. Speaking can be on a different day|
|Results within 5 days||Results on the 13th day of the written test|
IELTS exam Test Pattern
There are two modules of the test-‐ Academic and General.
- IELTS Academic is for those who want to pursue higher education in an English speaking country and also for medical professionals who want to either study or practice in such countries.
- IELTS General is for immigration to English speaking countries.
Like PTE, the aim of IELTS exam is to assess English language proficiency of non-‐native English speakers. It tests four skills namely, listening, reading, writing and speaking. As established earlier, listening, reading and writing tests are conducted together. But the speaking test happens separately, the date of which will be notified to you via email and a message will also be sent on your phone five days prior to your test.
One can do the booking for the IELTS exam through either British council or IDP who are test partners. It is administered by Cambridge, one of the leading educational institutes. The tests are offered 4 times a month. We strongly advise that you book your exam well in advance to get the date of your choice.
For more information on IELTS please await our next blog. Until then adieu.