23 Short & Easy Answers to Your IELTS Questions

By | May 15, 2015

Do you have questions about the IELTS exam? Here are short and easy answers to your most common questions about IELTS.

If your question is not here, ask in the Comments to get an answer to your question.

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1 – What does ‘IELTS’ mean?

‘IELTS’ is short for International English Language Testing System.

2 – Why do people take the IELTS exam?

To show how well they know English

3 – What is on the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam has 4 parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

4 – How long is the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam takes 3 hours. Here are the time periods for each part:

  • Reading – 1 hour
  • Writing – 1 hour
  • Listening – 45 minutes
  • Speaking – 15 minutes

5 – Do I sit for all 4 parts on the same day?

No, your IELTS exam is on 2 different days. The Speaking exam is on one day. The other 3 parts are on a different day. You get both dates from the center where you registered.

6 – Do I have to be very smart to do well on the IELTS?

The IELTS does not test how smart you are. IELTS is a test of your English only. 

7 – How is the IELTS scored?

The IELTS exam has 4 parts. You get a score for each part. Scores are from 1 to 9. These 4 scores make up your final band score. Your final band score is also between 1 and 9, with 9 being the highest.

8 – What if I fail the IELTS?

You cannot fail the IELTS exam. You only need a high enough score to help you reach your goals. Some places want a 6 or 7 band score. Others want an 8 or 9.

9 – How many kinds of IELTS exams are there?

There are 2 different IELTS exams. They are:

  • the Academic module
  • the General module.

10 – Who should take the Academic module?

  • Students who want to study at certain universities
  • Professional people who want to work at certain organizations

11 – Who should take the General module?

  • People who want to move to an English-speaking country
  • Students who want to study at certain international high schools
  • People who want to work at certain jobs or companies

12 – How can I know if I need to take the IELTS?

Ask the school or company that you want to join. You can check here for universities and companies that ask for IELTS. 

13 – Does it matter which IELTS exam module I take?

Yes. You must take the right IELTS exam module for your goals, either Academic or General.

14 – How do I know if I need the Academic module or the General module? 

The IELTS module you need depends on your goals. Ask your school or company which IELTS module they want, Academic or General, or check here.

15 – Which IELTS module should I take if I want to study in the US, UK or Canada?

Many universities around the world ask for the Academic module. Check with the school that you want to attend.

16 – Where can I take the IELTS?

You take the IELTS at a special center. More than 100 countries have centers for IELTS exams.

17 – Can I take the IELTS online, at home?

No, you must take the IELTS at a test center. Your test center will give you the exam time and date. You must first register.

18 – How can I find a test center near my house?

To find a center near your house, check here.

19 – How can I register for the IELTS?

Download and complete a registration form and take it to the nearest center. Bring the fee and your identification with you.

Get registration information here.

20 – How much does the IELTS exam cost?

You must choose a location to know the cost of the IELTS in your country. Choose a location here.

21 – How can I know my IELTS exam score?

You can check your score here

22 – After how many days will I get my score?

Most people get their results after two weeks.

23 – I have more questions. Where can I get answers?

You can post your question in the comments and I will try to answer. You can also check the official IELTS website for answers to other questions.

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