IELTS 2018: British Council, IDP-IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment conduct the IELTS 2018 test to evaluate a candidate’s proficiency level in the English language. Individuals aspiring to pursue education or eager to work in countries like the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc have to qualify the exam. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test scores are accepted by over 10,000 organisations in 140 countries worldwide, including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and other professional bodies. Being one of the most renowned English proficiency tests, IELTS test 2018 is taken by more than three million candidates across 140 countries in the world. IELTS 2018 measures a candidate’s English language command in four different skill sets, namely Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. In this article, candidates can gather information about IELTS Test 2018 related to eligibility criteria, test dates, registration process, application process, syllabus, exam pattern, result and selection procedure.
Key Highlights of IELTS 2018
Exam Name: International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Commonly known as: IELTS
Exam Level: International Level Test
Conducting Body of IELTS 2018: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
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There are no specific IELTS 2018 eligibility criteria set by the conducting bodies of IELTS. Any individual who wants to pursue higher studies abroad or seeking an opportunity to work in any one of the foreign countries that require English language proficiency can apply for IELTS 2018. IELTS Academic scores are accepted by universities or institutions. Therefore, a candidate is required to check the eligibility criteria for the institution or organisation he/she wishes to be associated with as individual organisations have different requirements.
IELTS 2018 has two formats- IELTS Academic and IELTS General. Both the formats comprise of four mandatory sections, namely listening, reading, writing and speaking. However, Listening and Speaking are the same for both the formats, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differ depending on which test one opts for. IELTS 2018 test is designed to reflect the use of English language in our daily lives; at work, at play and study. The results of IELTS 2018 are scored on a unique 9-band scale.
The purpose of the two versions/formats of IELTS 2018 are distinct, so one should be cautious while registering for IELTS test 2018. A specific version of IELTS 2018 can be selected by the candidates depending on the institution or organization they wish to enter/apply to.
Difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training:-
Suitable IELTS Test version
Study at university at an undergraduate or postgraduate level, join a professional organization that requires English language proficiency test scores.
IELTS General Training
Study at below degree level, work or undertake work-related training, and for emigration purpose.
The total duration of IELTS 2018 test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, Reading and Writing sections are conducted back-to-back while speaking test may be scheduled on the same day or within seven days before or after the test. While every student has to take similar Listening and Speaking modules, it is the Reading and Writing modules that differ for the two formats - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
The IELTS 2018 speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess candidates’ English fluency, coherence, pronunciation, and grammatical accuracy. The responses are recorded by the examiner for analysis and scoring purpose. The candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested.
Know about the four sections of IELTS 2018 test:-
IELTS Test Component
4 sections, 40 items
3 sections, 40 items
One-on-one conversation divided into three parts
IELTS 2018 application is open round the year. Depending on the test centre, it is held for a maximum of four times per month. The IELTS 2018 test can be re-taken for an unlimited number of times after registering and paying separately for each test.
Candidates need to abide by the procedure listed below in order to complete IELTS application form 2018:
Open the official website (each IELTS conducting body has different application portals), read the information carefully before applying for the same.
Decide which format of the test is best for you.
Select the city where you want to appear from.
Check the available IELTS test dates.
Once required details are filled in, choose payments options: debit card, credit card or demand draft.
Assemble all documents and send
Finally, select up to five universities of your choice to send the IELTS test scores.
Application Fee- The registration fee for IELTS test administered is INR 12,650 (British Council). Payment of the application fee of IELTS can be done online using Net Banking, eWallets or Card (Visa, Visa Electron, Master Card).
The test dates of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 2018 have been announced by the conducting body, British Council. The IELTS 2018 tests are generally mostly conducted on Thursdays or Saturdays. The total number of 48 IELTS dates (including Academic and General Training formats) have been scheduled for the year 2018. The IELTS Academic version is available on all the test dates. IELTS 2018 General Training version is available for around 24 days in a year. Aspirants can choose IELTS dates while registering for the test. In this article, candidates will get to know how to select the IELTS test dates 2018. The results will be available to view online for 28 days from the test date, however that should not be used as an official confirmation of IELTS 2018 exam performance. IELTS 2018 test centre provides a link to the results. The IELTS 2018 results will be declared 13 days after the respective exam dates.
How to know the IELTS 2018 Test Date:
Visit the official IELTS website
Click 'How do I register', then click 'Book a test'
Click enquiry to locate your test location
Select IELTS Test 2018, then select the country
You can select your city/ town
The next page will display all IELTS test date 2018
If satisfied with the date, click 'Apply' next to it.
IELTS accepting institutes and organisations
IELTS scores are accepted by over 10,000 organisations and institutions across the globe. The IELTS 2018 test scores are required by the educational institutions, international employers, and government bodies to check the English language proficiency level of the aspirant. However, different bodies might require different IELTS bands (0–9). So, while universities ask for IELTS Academic scores, government organisations require IELTS General Training scores.
How to check country-wise organisation and institution for IELTS 2018 Exam?
Visit IELTS test official website.
Click ' About the test'
Click 'Who accepts IELTS scores?'
If you have any particular institute/ organisation in mind, enter the name.
Else Click 'Advanced options'.
Then, select from options that suite you best.
Enter location, city/ state and click 'Search IELTS organisations'
The next page displays the list of organisations/ institutes that accept the IELTS test scores.
Click here to check country-wise organisation and institution which accept IELTS.
One of the interesting factors of IELTS 2018 preparation is that one can incorporate the IELTS practice into everyday routine. Aspirants can prepare while reading a favourite book, chatting with friends or even watching television! This English language proficiency exam tests candidates’ overall language skills. One also needs to religiously solve as many as practice IELTS test papers possible; analyse the mistakes each time, rectify them, and move on.
The test results of IELTS 2018 is made available after 13 days of taking the test. There is no concept of qualifying or failing in the IELTS test, scores are calculated on a 9-band scale. Each educational institution and organisation decide their cutoff band of IELTS result 2018 to meet their academic and professional requirements. The table below elucidates each IELTS band score for a better understanding of the IELTS 2018 Result pattern.
IELTS 2018 Band Scores
IELTS Band Score
Fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding
Very good user
Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands the detailed reasoning
Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations
Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Did not attempt IELTS
No assessable information provided.
Each candidate receives one copy of their Test Report Form. Up to five copies of TRF is posted to the relevant institution(s) that a candidate lists during the filling up of the IELTS 2018 application form for sending the IELTS 2018 result. Candidates can also request for additional TRFs beyond these five from the Test Centre which issues the TRF. In case, a candidate wants to get a re-evaluation of the IELTS result 2018, he/she must apply for an enquiry at the test centre within six weeks of the test date. The enquiry fee is fully refunded if, only the band score changes.
IELTS 2018 scores are valid for two years. However, the acceptance of the IELTS 2018 score depends much on the IELTS selection procedure of the respective institute/university the candidate is applying to.
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