IELTS Exam Pattern Details You Might Want to Know

IELTS Exam Pattern:

The International English Language Testing System more popularly known as the IELTS exam is attempted by all those who are interested in studying or working abroad, where English is the language of communication. The IELTS exam is conducted by the British Council, IDP Education Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examination. The IELTS exam helps to assess the English language skills of a candidate with respect to reading, writing, speaking and listening. The IELTS exam pattern helps the candidates prepare meticulously for the IELTS exam.

Here are the details of the IELTS exam pattern:

There are 2 types of IELTS which include:

  • Academic version: This is for all those candidates who aim to gain admission to foreign universities and medical professionals who want to immigrate abroad to English speaking countries. 
  • General Training version: This is for all those who aim to get work experience or any form of non-academic training.

IELTS Exam pattern:

  • The IELTS exam is conducted both online as well as offline.
  • The exam consists of 4 sections which include listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours 45 minutes/ 165 minutes.
  • A band score conversion table is required to convert the scores into various bands to assess the grades of the IELTS exam.  
Section Duration IELTS Academic No. of Questions per section
Listening 30 minutes It encompasses four recorded monologues and conversations 4
Reading 60 minutes Three long reading passages with tasks. Texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive, and analytical includes non-verbal material like diagrams, graphs, and illustrations texts are authentic (taken from books, journals, and newspapers) 40
Writing 60 minutes A writing task of at least 150 words where the candidate must summarize, describe or explain table, graph, chart or diagram, and another short essay task of at least 250 words 2
Speaking 11 to 14 minutes The face-to-face interview includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion 3
  • The IELTS exam pattern varies for reading and writing and the other two remain the same in both the academic and the general training versions.
IELTS Pattern details
Total Marks (raw score IELTS 3 sections reading, writing, listening) 80
Number of Questions 2 (Academic writing)/ 2(General writing)+3 tasks(Speaking)+General reading(40 questions) / Academic reading( 40 questions)+ Listening (4 tasks)
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
No. of Sections 4
Marks per Sections 40
Time per Section IELTS Listening- 30 minutes
IELTS Reading (general)- 60 minutes
IELTS Reading (academic) 60 minutes
IELTS writing (general )- 60 minutes
IELTS writing (academic)- 60 minutes
IELTS Speaking- 11 or 14 minutes
Questions per Section IELTS writing : 2 (academic writing)
IELTS writing : 2(general writing)
IELTS Speaking: 3 tasks(speaking)
IELTS reading : general reading(40 questions)
IELTS reading : academic reading( 40 questions)
IELTS Listening : listening (4 tasks)
Marks per Question 1 mark per question for IELTS reading
Time per Question Varies with the section
Marking Scheme Varies with the section

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