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IELTS Introduction

IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Two types of IELTS test

“The IELTS” Benefits

Mock Test -We conduct mock tests to evaluate proficiency level of each student, based on the performance we reccommend the time he or she requires for preparation .We do conduct mock test during the course as to assess progress.

Smart teaching -We adhere to innovative teaching methods which emphasise on key areas and skills avoiding duplication of content, each class is productive equipping students to acheive their desired score.

Highly competitive trainers - Each trainer at SICS India's is a highly skilled professional who is trained to meet the individual needs of candidates with varied language issues.

Personalised attention - Batch size is not big so that every candidate in class gets equal attention and personalised feedback sessions to fasten the learning process.

Updated curriculum -We follow most comprehensive curriculum covering latest questions asked in real IELTS test .

Take away material -At the time of enrollment every student gets reference book and worksheets to enhance proficiency levels.

Resource centre -A wide range of reference books are available in each centre. Students can refer books as per their needs and convenience.

Flexible timing -We have several batches catering to variety of students from varied domains(candidates can either can come in morning or evening

Pre-sessional English -We do have programs engineered for candidates with an existing level of 5.0,to ensure they meet the requirement level of progress onto academic study.

Special recorded sessions –In order to enhance speaking skills we conduct recorded speak

The level of the test

IELTS is designed to measure English language skills at all levels. There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Results are based on individual performance and are reported as band score on a scale from 1-9.

IELTS is available at more than 1,100 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA, and there are 48 test dates a year.

BAND The band ranges from 1 to 9
9 Expert user
8 Very Good user
7 Good user
6 Modest user
5 Competent user
4 Limited user
3 Extremely limited user
2 Intermitted user
1 Non user

Accessible and convenient
IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than 125 countries. Tests are usually on Saturday or Thursdays. A list of all IELTS test centres across the globe is available at –
Test result
Candidate will receive a Test Report form which reports a score for each of the four skills -listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as an overall band score. Results are issued 13 days after the test. At some test centers candidates may collect their results on 13th day, at others results are mailed on the 13th day. Test centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email.
Enquiring on Result
If a candidate is unhappy with his test result, he can apply for re-mark at the centre where you took the test. One must make the application no later than six weeks after the test date .You can choose which test components are re-marked. There is a fee for this service which will be refunded if your score on any component is increased. It takes 6-8 weeks to complete.
Re- taking the IELTS
There are no restrictions on re-taking IELTS. If you do not get the result you wanted, you can register for another test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so. Please note that your score is unlikely to increase unless you make a significant effort to improve your English before re -taking the test.


IELTS test consist of four modules

  • Listening (4 sections,40 items- 30 minutes)
  • Reading (3 sections, 40 items – 40 minutes)
  • Writing (2 tasks)- 60 minutes)
  • Speaking (3 Parts -11-14 minutes)

Writing Tasks

  1. Expert user - Fully operational command over language, no mistakes at all and possess high level of accuracy.
  2. Expert Counseler Can handle complex situation with complete understanding.
  3. Very good user - Desirable operational command over language, occasional unsystematic inaccuracies .
  4. Good user - Posseess operational command over language, occasional inaccuracies and inappropriacies.
  5. Competent user - Effective command of the language, some inaccuracies and misunderstandings, can handle language in familiar situations.
  6. Modest user - Restricted command over language, many mistakes, can handle only basic situations.

HOW TO PREPARE (Techniques and Suggestions)

Listening Tips

  • Do not panic if you miss an answer rather guess. Do not leave any space on your answer sheet, you do not loose marks for wrong answers.
  • Read the questions before you start of each section and highlight key words.
  • Check your spelling and grammar Does the word you have chosen fit grammatically, and should it be singular or plural.
  • Identify types of answers expected-what, why, when. Listen for specific information.
  • Distinguish between examples and main ideas and listen for specific information.

Reading Tips

  • Read the questions before reading the passage.
  • Use the key words in the question to help you find the right part of the text.
  • Remember that the statements will not be expressed in exactly the same way in the text, look for synonyms of the key words.
  • Only write the missing words, and make sure you do not repeat words from either side of the gap.
  • Skim for general idea or gist and be careful of the questions that use statements like all, always.
  • Contractions are not used when word limits are given, do not use more than the number of words allotted.

Writing Tips

    TASK 1

  • Present information in a well organised, easy to follow way.
  • Pay attention to trend and significant changes.
  • Identify relationship or trends in data.
  • Compare and contrast information.
  • Maintain tense consistency.

  • TASK 2

  • Make sure what you write is relevant to the question, be precise.
  • Present opinion in a logical way.
  • Grammar and sentence structure should be appropriate and relevant for the task.
  • Use wide range of lexical resource avoid copying, cramming.
  • Use range of linking words to connect and sequence your ideas.


  • Speak clearly and answer in full sentence avoids giving yes or no answers.
  • Do not try to give a rehearsed speech.
  • Use varied words and phrases.
  • Maintain eye contact, it is not a sign of immodesty.
  • Get some ways to repair the conversation if things go wrong.

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