IELTS Syllabus 2019
Updated on May 9, 2019 - 9:35 a.m. IST by Ranjini Basu
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IELTS Syllabus 2019 - The IELTS exam is administered by three organisations, namely British Council, IDP and Cambridge ESOL Examinations. They prescribe the respective syllabus of IELTS 2019 for both the formats, i.e. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. According to the IELTS 2019 syllabus, IELTS exam consists of four compulsory sections – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections. The IELTS syllabus 2019 also states that the Listening and Speaking sections would be the same for all the test takers, but the Reading and Writing modules would be different for Academic and General Training test modules. The test of IELTS is designed to reflect the real-life usage of English language at study, at work, and at informal/social gatherings. IELTS results are scored on a unique 9-band scale. In this article, Careers360, has projected all the information related to IELTS syllabus 2019.

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IELTS Syllabus 2019

The following table shows the syllabus of IELTS 2019-

IELTS Syllabus

IELTS Test Component

Brief Description

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)

Two tasks

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 Reading Section Syllabus

According to the IELTS syllabus 2019, 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 2019 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 2019 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.
Task 1
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.

Task 2
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.

Task 1

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.

Task 2
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 2019 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.

Part 1
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.

Part 2
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.

Part 3

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 2019, aspirants who wish to pursue opportunities abroad can register for the test by applying through the IELTS 2019 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.

IELTS Test Pattern 2019

It is vital for all the prospective test takers to know the IELTS 2019 test pattern, so to be able to prepare accordingly. Candidates can read the below information related to the same:-

Exam Name

Total Duration

SECTIONAL DURATION

Reading Listening Writing Speaking

Conducting bodies

Score Pattern

IELTS

2 hours 45 minutes

60 minutes

40 minutes

60 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 2019 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 2019, 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 2019 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 2019. The conducting body will release the IELTS 2019 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.

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can you please inform me how to apply for IELTS and TOEFL exams

Charvi Nayyar 7th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant

you can register for IELTS exam in the following way:

1. you can register online and pay the fees by credit card (Log on to www.ieltsidpindia.com and Select the option "Register for IELTS" and fill the necessary information).

2.  register in person at idp branch and pay the fees there. identical to the first option.

3. register by courier and pay test fee by demand draft.

you can register for TOEFL exam by online means and or by email or by phone. you can also register in person at a toefl resource center. you will be basically required to visit and create an online profile and then pay the exam fees.

hope this helps

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Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK in January 2021. Do i have to give both IELTS and TOEFL exams or either? I dont know when and how to start preparation. please Help. Thanks

Mayank Chowdhary 2nd Feb, 2020

Giving either of them is ok actually. And for preparations then if you plan to shift in 2021 try to give the exam in around November 2020 if possible and to start it's preparations, as per me it's a 3 months regular studies required to crack the same. So you can start in around July/August to be well prepared to give the exam.

Either the IELTS or the TOEFL is required as part of your application to an English-speaking university and will demonstrate if you will be able to understand the course material.

The IELTS and TOEFL exams are two of the most accepted English proficiency exams around the world. However, both of these tests are different in their structure, approach, and teaching criteria. This means that you need to understand how the two differ before selecting which test to study for and ultimately take.

Thank you.

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Dear Sir/Mam, I want to do MS in UK. But cost of study is Expensive. Does scoring good in IELTS and TOEFL helps to reduce the amount of cost ? what else option do i get in order to get admission in UK in minimum cost ? Please Help Me !!

Harshit sethi 1st Feb, 2020

All the foreign Universities offer a scholarship which is on the basis of meriat and need basis . You should try to look for it and inform the competent authority about it . They would help you in every way . They also offers 100 % scholarship to merit and need basis students.


This would help you to study abroad.

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can u help with the name of universities for MBA with affordable price accepting the IELTS Score of 6.5 in UK exclusively

Sampriti Student Expert 30th Jan, 2020

Following are a few good Universities in the UK you can check out with their required IELTS score and the overall academic fees for the programs

  • Imperial College of London ( IELTS score required = 6, fees for MBA = 49.1 lakhs)
  • University College London (IELTS score = 5.5, fees for MBA = 45 lakhs)
  • University of Edinburgh (IELTS score = 6.5, fees for MBA = 57 lakhs)
  • Kings College London (IELTS score = 6, fees for MSc in accountability and financial Management = 47 lakhs, fees for MSc in Human Resource Management and Organization Analysis = 42 lakhs)
  • University of Glasgow (IELTS score = 6.5, fees for MBA = 50.8 lakhs)
  • University of Bristol (IELTS score = 6, fees for MSc Management = 46.2 lakhs, fees for MSc Management in International Business = 47 lakhs)
  • University of Warwick (IELTS score for Business  Analytics= 5.5, fees for MSc Business Analytics = 52 lakhs). For MBA it accepts GMAT or GRE scores
  • University of Southampton (IELTS score = 6.5, fees for MBA = 46 lakhs)
  • University of Exeter(IELTS score = 6.5, fees for MBA = 54 lakhs)
  • Royal Halloway, University of London (IELTS score = 6, fees for MBA = 40 lakhs)
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if i want to go to usa ( for BA course) What are the basic requiremnts that i need to have ?? Did i need to write SAT Exam ???(For BA...SAT for what ??). Is IELTS score enough? Is it necessary for me to get 90+ in class 12th?? Did a student with 80+ can apply for admission? Can you answer these ans.

thomas joy 28th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

For taking admission in most of the collegws in US and Canada students needed to write SAT exam. It is for Undergraduate courses.IELTS is asked by the universities for testing the English profficency, but SAT is required for taking the admission.

Even TOEFL or good scores in 10+2 for English subject is enough for showing the English Profficency.

Hope this will help you.

Thank you

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