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You take 3 modules – Listening, Reading and Writing on paper and Speaking Test face-to-face with a certified examiner.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than 3.5 million tests taken in the past year.The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

Paper-based IELTS

In paper-based IELTS, you’ll take the test in a traditional manner - at a desk with question papers and answer sheets for Reading, Listening and Writing tests in an official IELTS test centre. You’ll have to write your answers in either pen or HB-pencils. The Speaking test will be carried out one-on-one with a certified IELTS examiner.

Your results will be available after 13 calendar days from the test date.

Test availability

The test dates for paper-based IELTS in India are available four times a month or 48 times a year, and are generally held on Saturdays and Thursdays to provide flexibility and convenience to the test seekers.

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IELTS Test Format

There are two types of IELTS - Academic and General Training, and you can opt for the one most suitable to your taking the test. While Listening and Speaking modules are the same for both these tests, the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which type of test you are attempting.

For the Speaking test, you can book a slot online on your preferred date and time. If you fail to choose a slot within the stated time period, a time slot will be automatically allocated to you. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

IELTS Listening test (30 minutes) You will have to listen to four recordings and then answer the questions asked. The recordings are of native English speakers and the duration of the test is 30 minutes.
IELTS Reading test (60 minutes) The IELTS Reading test requires you to answer 40 questions and is designed to test you on an array of reading skills. You would have to read for gist, main ideas, details, logical arguments, skimming, and figuring out the writers’ attitudes, opinions and intentions.
IELTS Writing test (60 minutes) The IELTS writing test requires you to complete two tasks and covers topics of general interest based on the module you are taking.
IELTS Speaking Test (11-14 minutes) The IELTS Speaking test assesses your spoken English skills. The test is recorded and conducted in three parts.

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