IELTS Syllabus 2021 (Sections Wise), Exam Pattern, Tips – Check Here!
IELTS Syllabus 2021 - The IELTS exam has various variants. The two most popular variants are IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The syllabus of IELTS 2021 is prescribed by the British Council, IDP and Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Candidates must prepare for IELTS keeping the syllabus and test pattern into consideration. IELTS syllabus consists of four compulsory sections – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections. The listening and reading sections of IELTS syllabus will remain the same for both IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic. However, the listening and speaking sections will vary in terms of test content. The IELTS 2021 is designed to test the candidate’s basic knowledge of the English language at study, at work, and at informal/social gatherings. The results of IELTS are expressed on a unique 9-band scale. Read the complete article to learn more about IELTS syllabus 2021 and other exam related information.
IELTS Syllabus 2021 - An Overview
IELTS Test Component
Listening (Same for Academic and General Training)
Four sections, 40 items
Reading (Different for Academic and General Training)
Three sections, 40 items
Writing (Different for Academic and General Training)
Speaking (Same for Academic and General Training)
Three-part one-on-one conversation
IELTS Listening Syllabus
The Listening section of IELTS has four sub-sections. The first one is a conversation between two individuals set in an everyday social context. Second is a monologue or a speech. The third section is a conversation among a maximum of four people set in an academic setting and the final one is a monologue on an academic subject, for instance, an academic lecture. Each section is heard only once. Candidates can notes while listening to the conversations and lectures, which can be referred to while answering the questions.
IELTS Syllabus 2021 - Test Details
Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time).
Number of questions
The following type of tasks are included in the section: multiple choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labelling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, sentence completion.
Test takers will have to write their answers on the question paper as they listen. At the end of the test are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet. Poor spelling and grammar are penalised.
Each question carries 1 mark.
IELTS Reading Section Syllabus
According to the IELTS syllabus 2021, the Reading section assesses the test taker’s skill in reading as she/he has to answer questions (multiple choice, sentence completion, summary writing, matching information, short-answers etc.) after reading text passages. Each passage consists of 13-14 questions; overall Reading module has 40 questions to be answered. A variety of question types like reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding the logical argument, recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose are used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. The reading passages and questions are different in Academic and General Training IELTS.
Reading - IELTS Academic
The Academic version of the syllabus of IELTS 2021 includes three long texts where the subject matter range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These are selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration abroad.
Reading - IELTS General Training
According to the IELTS 2021 Syllabus, the General Training version requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials one is likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.
IELTS Writing Section Syllabus
The IELTS writing section, again, is different for the two versions (Academic and General Training). In each version, the section consists of two tasks:
Writing- IELTS Academic:
The writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest and suitable for candidates planning undergraduate and postgraduate studies abroad or seeking professional registration.
Candidates will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in own words. Test takers may be asked to describe and explain a given data, describe the stages of a process, a flowchart of how something works or describe an object or event.
Candidates would be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal and academic style. Arguments should be supported by relevant examples.
Writing - IELTS General Training:
The writing component of IELTS General Training includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.
Candidates will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining a given situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
Test takers will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. Opinions should be supported by relevant examples.
IELTS Speaking Section Syllabus
The IELTS 2021 syllabus prescribes that the IELTS Speaking test will be recorded for evaluation purpose and will consist of three parts that simulate a face-to-face oral interview with an examiner. The Speaking component assesses the candidates’ use of spoken English; takes between 11 to 14 minutes to complete. The entire speaking test is recorded by the examiner. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that it does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand.
The examiner will ask general questions about oneself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts for about four and five minutes.
Candidates will be given a card which asks them to talk about a particular topic. They will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to complete the second part of the speaking test.
Test takers will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give candidates the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue. This part of the test lasts for about four to five minutes.
Note- Test takers should remember to use neutral English while answering in the Speaking section and should try not to use fake accents.
Since there are no eligibility criteria for IELTS 2021, aspirants who wish to pursue opportunities abroad can register for the test by applying through the IELTS 2021 application form. The International English Language Testing System is a test of four skill-sets. It should be noted that the selection procedure through IELTS varies from institution to institution. Hence, it is advisable that the candidate should be aware of the selection procedure and minimum IELTS result requirement for the respective organisations where they wish to apply. The IELTS test is conducted in more than 1,100 IELTS test locations in over 140 countries.
It is vital for all the prospective test takers to know the IELTS 2021 test pattern, so to be able to prepare accordingly. Candidates can read the below information related to the same:-
IELTS Exam Pattern 2021
Reading Listening Writing Speaking
2 hours 45 minutes
11 – 14 minutes
British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
Band scale (0-9)
As per the IELTS 2021 test pattern, the Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted on one day while the speaking module may be taken on the same day or within seven days prior or after the test. Therefore, while choosing for a particular IELTS test date during the application process of IELTS 2021, candidates should ensure he/she is available at the test centre on the given date pertaining to the Speaking test. Respective institutes would have their deadline to receive the IELTS 2021 result; so candidates should calculate the time period.
IELTS Exam Format
For long, IELTS exam was conducted only in the paper-based mode; but now IELTS test has adopted the Computer-delivered mode as one of the test formats. Candidates need to check which IELTS exam centres in India offer computer-delivered IELTS exam before registering for the same. The best part of this format is the time taken to release the IELTS result 2021. The conducting body will release the IELTS 2021 result within 5-7 days from the exam date. Test takers can promptly get the scores instead of waiting for 13 days! However, applicants can still opt for the Paper-based IELTS exam.
Questions related to IELTS
where to learn English fluently (0tohero) in Bangalore?
Online sites classes running in offline mode where you can learn everything from the basics to the advanced level of English proficiency and writing.
Some of the best online sites for English Speaking are- Udemy, learn English.com, English specialisation course by course, British Council English Classes, etc. There are multiple offline modes of coaching institutes in areas such as electronic City, Begur, etc. Where you can learn English speaking.
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HELLO SIR SIR CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME CAN I GO CANADA AFTER 12TH SCIENCE OR AFTER B.E I CHOOS MY COURSE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND I BELONG GENERAL CETGARI AND TOTAL COST OF IT PLEASE GUIDE ME.. THANK YOU
To go to Canada for further studies, you first need to clear IELTS exam , it is an international English language testing system , every one who wants to go Canada either for business or studies need to clear this exam. this exam is basically to check your proficiency in English language. And next, you need to take admission in any college there to get the study visa (you can report to any nearby Visa/passport consultant for more information). Also, it will cost you around 18-19 lakhs (including admission in the college there).
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I cant speak fluent English can I attend IELTS if any chance is there to clear the exam
Hope your doing good
- The benchmark for testing the proficiency of English of a candidate is really set at a high level. So when a candidate thinks about taking the test, he should first assess his depth of knowledge in the English language.
- If you want to learn fast, then work harder. Learn in a scientific and systematic way. Be patient you can’t learn overnight.
- When you are learning ‘Spoken English,’ right from the word go start speaking and thinking in English.
Thinking in English? Sounds strange? But its’ a must for learner. Basically, learners from Non-English speaking countries think in their mother tongue and then translate into English. Its’ a completely wrong way, you must think in English.
Try your best to overcome your ‘Mother Tongue Bias.’ Its’ one of the biggest problems in case of the ‘Non-Native English Speakers.’ Read something loudly, record it using any device, then listen the recorded version to spot the difference and try to rectify it by repeating the process.
When you are learning ‘Spoken English,’ right from the word go start speaking and thinking in English.
Try to take up more mock tests and sample tests for more clarity and confidence.
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what is the minimum marks required for applying for the ielts test
This year onward there are no minimum IELTS Eligibility criteria 2020 set by the conducting bodies like IDP and British Council for the IELTS exam.
IELTS is an exam which is accepted by countries where English is the main language for communication purposes. It might be one of the basis for employment into an organization, or eligibility for admission into a particular institute, or a compulsion for the purpose of migration into a specific country.
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