IELTS Test Pattern 2019
Ranjini Basu, 09 May 2019, #IELTS
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IELTS Test Pattern 2019 - The two major bodies responsible for formulating and designing the IELTS 2019 test pattern are Educational Testing Service (ETS) and British Council. British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment conduct the IELTS 2019 test to measure a candidate’s proficiency level in the English language. The Test Pattern of IELTS 2019 is designed to reflect the daily life use of English in a different walk of life; at the study, at work, at play, and at a social gathering. Having said that, there are two versions of the IELTS test, namely IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and the results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale for both the formats. In accordance with the IELTS test pattern 2019, both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are composed of four sections namely, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While each candidate is required to take the same Listening and Speaking modules in both the versions of the IELTS exam pattern 2019, it is the Reading and Writing modules that alter for the two versions - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The total duration for the IELTS test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, Reading and Writing tests are scheduled together while speaking test may either be taken on the same day or within seven days before or after the IELTS test of Listening, Reading and Writing modules.

According to the test pattern of IELTS 2019, the speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s English communication skills. The candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person (not necessarily a native speaker) to get their English conversation skills tested. The responses are recorded by the examiner and later evaluated by the certified IELTS examiners.

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IELTS Test Pattern 2019

IELTS Test Component

Duration

Brief Description

Listening

30 minutes

4 sections, 40 items

Reading

60 minutes

3 sections, 40 items

Writing

60 minutes

2 tasks

Speaking

11-14 minutes

3 part one-on-one conversation


How is IELTS Test 2019 scheduled?

On the test day of IELTS 2019 exam, candidates appear for the Listening, Reading and Writing tests one after the other in the same sequence, without any breaks in between the module sets. These components are always taken in the above-mentioned order as given in the IELTS 2019 Test pattern, barring the Speaking module.

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According to the IELTS Test pattern 2019, the Speaking module can be scheduled either after break on the same day as the other three tests or within seven days before or after the registered date of the test. However, it is decided by the officials and much depends on the specific IELTS test centre from where the candidate is appearing from. As per the test pattern of IELTS 2019, the speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess a candidate’s holistic proficiency English communication skills. This means candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested. However, the responses of the test taker are recorded for detailed evaluation. The test results of IELTS depend on the overall performance of the candidate in IELTS 2019.

International English Language Testing System, acronym as IELTS is an English language proficiency test. Hence, the IELTS 2019 Test pattern is structured in a way that it reflects all the related skill sets including Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking of the candidate aspiring to either study or work abroad. According to the current statistics, IELTS test scores are accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

Is there any Eligibility Criteria for appearing in IELTS 2019?

There are no specific IELTS 2019 eligibility criteria set by any of the exam conducting bodies. However, the selection procedure varies among universities/organisations. Hence, the candidate should be aware of the application procedure of the institute/s where he/she applies to. An aspirant has the freedom to choose IELTS test date 2019 in accordance with his/her convenience and availability of seats. The IELTS test is available throughout the year and in 2019, IELTS would be conducted 48 times. The IELTS result 2019 will be released after 13 days for Paper-based Test and 5-7 days after the Computer-delivered Test.

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I am studying in std 11..Can I prepared for IELTS??

Mansi Singh 12th Nov, 2019
Hi Limbachiya,
The minimum age to prepare for IELTS is 16 years. If you are 16 years old and hold a valid passport then you can apply for IELTS. Though there maybe exceptions for admission in particular institutions. But generally the minimum age limit is 16 years.
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hi Im doing graduation in Delhi University. and learning German language. i want to do masters in Germany. please guide about ielts exam?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
Hello Bhanu,
Hope you are doing well.
IELTSis an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. Most popular countries where IELTS is accepted for university admissions are the UK,Australia,New Zealand,USA, andCanada. The exam mainly measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic English language skills listening, reading, speaking, and writing. IELTS exam is jointly owned and conducted by IDP Education Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
IELTS 2019 exam is required for migration as well as academic purpose abroad in English speaking countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. It is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants applying both outside and inside the UK. A lot of students get confused about why are the IELTS scores required. The simple answer to this is that foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show agood understanding and strong command of the English language and that is why your overall IELTS scores are so important. Another common doubt students have is whether IELTS is acompulsory exam or not. No, IELTS isnt compulsory in all university admissions. Many universities might not even require IELTS scores for admission purposes. But remember that if you dont give IELTS, your chances of getting the student visa might suffer as the visa officers may not be convinced about your English proficiency without IELTS scores. So it is safer to appear for IELTS and aim to score at least 6 bands overall.

You can take the IELTS exam with the British Council or IDP up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council and IDP global schedule for test datesare 48 days per year.

IELTS Eligibility:
IELTS can be taken by anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality or religion, however, the IELTS test is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.
Hope this will help you.
Good luck
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Highest mark in IELTS to get good scholarship

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

hi,

different university has different band criteria for giving scholarship. to get 8+ band in ielts is really possible for those students who are already proficient in english. getting 8+ score in ielts is fair score to get scholarship.

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Can I write IELTS to work as a gynecologist in Canada after completing my PG in Canada

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

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IELTS examination is the language proficiency test exam for study in abroad. if you want to work in canada you need to have working visa permit. ielts exam has nothing to do with your working process. most of the candidates return india once they have completed their studies in abroad.if you want to work in any hospital of canada it is necessary to fulfill the criteria and entrance test of Canadian medical council.

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Is it mandatory to take IELTS exam after clearing the cut off for nmat? i read it somewhere...while filling the form.

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 11th Nov, 2019

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The MBA entrance exam conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council is NMAT. The NMAT score is accepted by NMIMS University and other top B schools in India. IELTS is the mandatory Entrance test after clearing the Cut off for NMAT, to get admission in NMIMS Mumbai and its other campuses as well as 20 other MBA colleges in India.


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