IELTS Test 2017

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IELTS Test 2017: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test conducted to evaluate a candidate’s proficiency in English language. People who want to pursue education or work opportunities in English-speaking countries like the USA, UK etc have to take the exam. IELTS test 2017 scores are accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Being one of the most popular English proficiency tests, IELTS 2017 has been taken by more than 2 million candidates across 140 countries in the world. IELTS 2017 measures a candidate’s English language command in 4 different parameters- Listening, reading, writing and speaking. In this article, candidates can know all about IELTS Test 2017 such as eligibility criteria, test dates, registration process, how to apply, syllabus, exam pattern, result and selection process.

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In this article, candidates can read all about IELTS test 2017 eligibility criteria, syllabus, test pattern application form, test dates, result and much more.


All about IELTS 2017:

Exam Name: International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Commonly known as: IELTS

Exam Level: International level test

IELTS 2017 Conducting Body: 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).


IELTS Test Eligibility 2017


There are no IELTS eligibility criteria 2017 as such, as any individual who wants to study abroad or is seeking an opportunity to work in English speaking countries can apply for IELTS 2017. IELTS Academic scores are accepted by universities or institutions in majority of English speaking countries. Therefore, a candidate is required to check other required eligibility criteria for the institution or organisation he wishes to be associated with.


IELTS Test syllabus 2017


IELTS Test 2017 has two formats- IELTS Academic and IELTS General. Both the formats comprise four mandatory sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS 2017 test is designed to reflect use of English language in our daily lives- at work, at play and at study.


The IELTS 2017 results are scored on a unique 9-band scale.


The purpose of the two versions of IELTS Test 2017 is listed below.


Difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General training:

Suitable IELTS Test version


IELTS Academic

Study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level, join a professional organization in an English-speaking country

IELTS General Training

Study at below degree level, work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country emigrate to an English-speaking country

A specific version of IELTS 2017 can be selected by the candidates depending on the institution or organization they wish to enter in an English-speaking country.


IELTS Test Pattern 2017

While every student has to take the same listening and speaking components, it is the reading and writing components that differ for the two formats - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The total duration of the test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, reading and writing tests are done in one sitting while speaking test may be on the same day or within 7 days before or after the test.


The IELTS 2017 speaking test is conducted as a one-on-one test to assess candidates’ English communication skills. This means that candidates are put through a real-life conversation with a real person to get their English conversation skills tested.

IELTS Test Component


Brief Description


30 minutes

4 sections, 40 items


60 minutes

3 sections, 40 items


60 minutes

2 tasks


11-14 minutes

3 part one-on-one conversation

IELTS Application form 2017

IELTS 2017 Application is available throughout the year. Depending on the test centre, it is held for a maximum of four times a month. The IELTS 2017 test can be re-taken for an unlimited number of times after registering separately for each test.

Candidates have to follow the simple steps given below in order to complete IELTS application form 2017:

  • Visit the official website, read the information given for candidates.

  • Decide which format of the test is best for you.

  • Then check the IELTS test available.

  • Register online.

  • Once details are filled in, choose payments options: debit card, credit card or demand draft.

  • Assemble all documents and send

  • Lastly, select up to five universities of your choice to send the IELTS test scores.

IELTS Test Dates 2017

IELTS 2017 is conducted once a week, meaning up to four times a month across 125 countries. The English proficiency test- both formats are generally conducted on Saturdays or Thursday. There are over 50 IELTS test dates for 2017. However, specific IELTS test dates at various locations are available on the official website. Candidates can select the IELTS test date 2017 as per the availability of the test centre. Interested candidates can register for IELTS test.


How to know your IELTS 2017 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 2017, then select country

  • You can select your city/ town

  • The next page will display all IELTS test date 2017

  • If you are satisfied with the date, click 'Apply' next to it.

IELTS accepting institutes and organisations


IELTS scores are accepted by over 9000 organisations and institutions across the globe. It might be asked by educations institutions, employers, governments and so on. However, different bodies might require different IELTS score. So, while universities ask for IELTS Academic scores, government bodies might ask for IELTS general training score.


How to check country-wise organisation and institution for IELTS Test?


  • Go to 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.

  • Or 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 list of organisations/ institutes that accept the IELTS test scores.

Click here to check country-wise organisation and institution which accept IELTS.


IELTS Test Result 2017


IELTS test result 2017 is made available after 13 days of taking the test. There is no pass or fail in IELTS test, scores are calculated on a 9-band scale. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS Test result 2017 to meet its individual requirements.  The table below explains each IELTS band score that you are likely to score in IELTS 2017.


IELTS 2017 Band Scores

IELTS Band Score



Band 9

Expert user

Fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding

Band 8

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.

Band 7

Good user

Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning

Band 6

Competent user

Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations

Band 5

Modest user

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

Band 4

Limited user

Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3

Extremely limited user

Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2

Intermittent user

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

Band 1


Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0

Did not attempt IELTS

No assessable information provided.

Each candidate receives one copy of their Test Report Form. Up to five (5) copies of TRF is posted to the relevant institution(s) that a candidate lists in their IELTS application form for sending the IELTS 2017 result. Candidates can request for additional TRFs beyond these five from the Test Centre which issued the TRF. In case, a candidate wants to get a re-evaluation of the IELTS test result 2017, he must apply for an enquiry at test centre within six weeks of the test date. The enquiry fee is fully refunded if band score changes.


IELTS Selection Procedure 


IELTS 2017 Scores are valid for two years. However, the acceptance of the IELTS 2017 score depends on the IELTS selection procedure of the institute the candidate is applying to.


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