International English Language Testing System (Ielts)

IELTS i.e. International English Language Testing System is a standardized English profi ciency test. It assesses English Language skills in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP- Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL EXAMINATIONS.

IELTS has two types of modules – Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to immigrate.

Structure Of The Test

MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Listening40 questions40 minutes
Academic Module3 passages ( 40 questions)60 minutes
General Module3 sections (40 questions)60 minutes
Academic Module2 tasks (Diagram Prompt/Argument Prompt)60 minutes
General Module2 tasks (Letter Prompt/Essay Prompt)60 minutes
Speaking3 parts11 – 15 minutes


It has 4 sections and 40 questions in all. It lasts for 40 minutes including the time one gets for transferring the answers to the main answer sheet.


Reading has 3 passages, 40 questions in all. Candidates are given only 1 hour to complete reading, which means that time management is very important. One must give 20 minutes per passage.


Academic Module

It has 2 writing tasks. Task 1 is primarily Report writing (explaining diagrams and charts). Essay on task 1 must not be less than 150 words. Students are advised to spend 20 minutes on this task. Task 2 is Argumentative essay.

Essay on task 2 must not be less than 250 words. Students are advised to spend 40 minutes on the same. In all, time allotted for writing is 1 hour. General Training Module It also has 2 writing tasks. Task1 presents a Letter Prompt (formal or informal). Students must write at least 150 words for the same. Task2 is same as that of Academic Module.


Speaking has 3 parts and lasts for 11-14 minutes. It is done on one-to-one basis with the student.

Part1: Examiner asks general questions to the student, which relates to his/her work, studies, hobbies etc. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes. Part2: The candidate is given a topic to speak, which is printed on a task card.

Students have to speak for 1 minute at least and are given one minute to think and write down some points. This part lasts between 3 and 4 minutes. Part3: It’s a two way discussion with the examiner (questions mostly related to part 2 topic will be asked).The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.


Students may enroll under the FREE IELTS SCHEME. Under this scheme, if a student has enrolled in a university represented by Oberoi Overseas and applies for visa with that university offer, then he/she is entitled for a refund after net deduction of taxes and cost of official course ware. The refund is applicable whether visa has been granted or not.

IELTS is graded on a scale of 0 – 9, known as Band Scale. Generally, a score of at least 6 bands for UG & 6.5 bands for PG is required in each section. The result is available in 15 working days.

Score Validity:2 yearsScore Reporting time:approximately 15 days
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