About IELTS 2018

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS 2018 is an internationally accepted English language proficiency accreditation which is required by candidates who want to study or work abroad and whose first language is not English. The IELTS 2018 scores are used to satisfy English language proficiency requirements for various undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as visa application requirements. There are universally three governing bodies for the IELTS namely, British Council, IDP IELTS: Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. There are two types of IELTS examinations which are the IELTS Academic test which is more suitable for candidates seeking admission to a foreign college or university and the IELTS General test which is suitable for candidates seeking foreign employment. IELTS scores are accepted internationally in nearly all countries and the scores are valid for up to 2 years after the date of the exam.

Exam level: University Level Exam
Languages English
Conducting Body: British Council
Duration 2 Hours 45 Minutes

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IELTS 2018 Important Dates

15 Dec, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
15 Dec, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
13 Dec, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
03 Nov, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
01 Nov, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
08 Dec, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
13 Sep, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
08 Sep, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
15 Sep, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
20 Oct, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
01 Dec, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
13 Oct, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
17 Nov, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
29 Sep, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
01 Dec, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
10 Nov, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
29 Sep, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
01 Nov, 2018 IELTS General - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
11 Oct, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
13 Oct, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
08 Sep, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline
10 Nov, 2018 IELTS Academic - Exam | Mode: Offline

According to the three governing bodies, there are no eligibility criteria of IELTS 2018 exam which needs to be met in order for a candidate to give the IELTS exam except that the candidate must carry a valid passport at the time of the exam. The IELTS 2018 exam has no eligibility criteria as it is a test of proficiency in the English language and is, therefore, open to candidates of all ages and backgrounds.

Mode of Application : Online and Offline

Mode of Payment : Credit Card | Debit Card | Demand Draft

The IELTS exam is available on 48 fixed dates throughout the year, 4 times a month. In order to apply for the IELTS 2018 exam, candidates must follow the given procedure:

Step 1 - Visit the registration link on the official British Council portal for IELTS

Step 2 - The candidate must select the format of the IELTS examination he or she wishes to give i.e. IELTS Academic or IELTS General Test. 

Step 3 - Register for the IELTS by filling in the requisite details.

Step 4 - The candidate can then select available test dates at the required test location as per his or her convenience.

Step 5 - The final step in the application process is payment of the exam fees which can be done via credit card, debit card, or demand draft. 

In order to score well in the IELTS 2018 test, candidates should keep the following preparation tips in mind:

IELTS Reading Preparation tips:

  • Candidates should read slowly and understand the nuances of each sentence in the passage before attempting to answer questions.
  • Candidates should work on vocabulary and read long texts beforehand to gain familiarity with the types of questions that will confront them on the test day.

IELTS Writing Preparation tips:

  • Candidates should practice writing and expression opinions with clarity in order to score well on the writing section.
  • Practice should be carried out in a timed environment to give the candidate a semblance of what he or she will have to face on the test day.

IELTS Listening Preparation tips:

  • Candidates should practice listening to various accents and enunciation styles to avoid surprises on the test day.
  • Candidates must harness the power of multitasking and take comprehensive notes during listening exercises in order to appropriately answer the questions.

IELTS Speaking Preparation tips:

  • Candidates should practice oral communication in English in order to gain fluency.
  • Candidates must ensure clear enunciation and refrain from hesitation in a conversation.

The IELTS 2018 Exam pattern is the same for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Tests. The two tests only differ in the type of questions presented in the reading and writing sections of the test. 

The IELTS 2018 exam comprises 4 sections or parameters in which a candidate's proficiency in English is evaluated:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The reading, writing and listening sections are conducted in one slot and the speaking module is conducted in a separate slot which is in a 7-day window after or before the reading-writing-listening slot. 

IELTS 2018 Exam Pattern

SectionDurationNo. of Questions
Reading60 minutes40
Writing60 minutes2
Listening30 minutes40
Speaking11-14 minutes3 part conversation


The speaking module comprises 3 part one-on-one conversations with an IELTS representative and the component is scored on the basis of the candidate's oral performance in a life-like environment.

Practising and solving IELTS 2018 mock tests is integral for a comprehensive preparation for the IELTS 2018 exam. Candidates can easily access free IELTS mock tests for both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Tests from the Careers360 sample paper store. 

All the sample tests contain the following four modules for preparation:

  • IELTS Reading
  • IELTS Writing
  • IELTS Listening
  • IELTS Speaking

IELTS 2018 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Anand
Baroda
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Punjab Amritsar
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Moga
Patiala
Kerala Angamaly
Calicut
Kochi
Kottayam
Thiruvananthapuram
Thrissur
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Madurai
Delhi New Delhi
Haryana Gurgaon
Uttar Pradesh Noida
Lucknow
Goa Goa
Assam Guwahati
Rajasthan Jaipur
Telangana Hyderabad
West Bengal Kolkata
Siliguri
Maharashtra Mumbai
Navi Mumbai
Pune
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam

Documents Required at Exam

  • Current valid government issued passport

The IELTS 2018 results are generally available 13 days after the test date. The IELTS results can be accessed online via the candidate's IELTS registration account using the candidate's passport number and registration number. 

IELTS 2018 scores are calculated on a 1-9 point scale which is a mean of the individual sectional scores. The if the average of the sectional scores ends in 0.25 then the overall score is rounded off to the next half band. In the situation that the average of the sectional scores ends in 0.75 then the overall IELTS score is rounded off to the next full band. 

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