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IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for the IELTS exam by yourself. The whole idea of this blog is to remind you that you’re not alone, to share knowledge and experience and to be a place where we help one another improve our English.

You will find here valuable info about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and secrets of success. This website offers lots of free IELTS practice tests. You will learn about the common mistakes my friends and I’ve made and we will warn you about hidden traps in the IELTS test. Feel free to leave comments, ask questions – this is what IELTS-blog is here for!

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What kind of test is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an exam intended for non-native English speakers. Its purpose is to find out what your level of English is (your result is a band score between 0 and 9). Usually you need to take the IELTS test if you are applying for a job or to study in a college or university in an English-speaking country, or if you are immigrating to such country. There are 2 modules of the IELTS test – Academic and General Training. The Academic Module is one that future students take and the General Training Module is for ​people who intend to ​live and work in another country. You can take IELTS on paper or on a computer.

The IELTS test formalities

When it becomes clear to you that you need to take the IELTS test, you’ll have to go through some formalities – which are:

  1. Call your local IELTS test centre or go online and find out the dates when you can take an IELTS exam and how much it costs. Note: the dates could be different for the Academic and General IELTS exams.
  2. Register and pay online or download and print the application form, fill your details, enclose a copy of your identification and, of course, the payment and send it to your local IELTS centre.
  3. Make sure they received it and allocated a seat for you on the date you have chosen.

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How is IELTS structured?

The IELTS test consists of four parts:

  • Listening test
  • Reading Test
  • Writing Test
  • Speaking Test

The Listening test takes about 40 minutes – 30 minutes to listen to a recording and to answer questions on what you hear, and 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet (if you are taking the paper-based test). In a computer-delivered IELTS you will get 2 minutes to check your answers, which you would have already typed in the gaps.

The Reading test takes 1 hour and your task is to read passages of text and answer questions according to what you have read. There are several types of tasks you may need to do, and we cover them on this website.

The Writing test also takes 1 hour and is divided into 2 parts: you are given 20 minutes to write a letter/report and 40 minutes to write an essay.

The Speaking test takes up to 15 minutes and consists of 3 parts: an Interview where the examiner asks some questions about yourself, a Cue Card talk where you are the only one talking, and a two-way Discussion with the examiner.

Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done one after another, and only before the Speaking test you get a break. Sometimes the Speaking test is even held on a different day.


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384 thoughts on “Welcome to IELTS-blog!”

  1. Malaz Ahmed Mohammed Elkenain

    I really want to learn English specially conversation as a native speakers or fluent speakers as possible , I really hope that & I wish this examinations help me to be better.

  2. This is a very nice one and gives in-depth information. I am really happy with the quality and presentation of the article. I’d really like to appreciate the efforts you get with writing this post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Today’s school should teach their students how to survive financially in the world today. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    The world that we live in today is very much finance oriented. Compared to three decades ago, the advancements and progresses in the world have escalated and financial stability is what people are trying to achieve. Inculcating at a young age in school the value to maintain a stable living when growing up has its pros and cons and this will be discussed in this essay.
    First of all, in the era that we are living today, with the fast developing technology and how easily accessible it is to youngsters, it can be said that the emerging youngsters differ greatly from previous generations. That being said, I strongly believe that teaching students how to reach financial stability in nowadays world is a pretty good initiative. In doing so, the school would help develop an advanced mindset and focus at an early age and eventually instil the required values. As a result, the world will have better guided working adults with broader ideas how to tackle the financial aspect of their lives.
    While some people might agree to this new implementation, others might think otherwise. Although to a lesser extent, some parents might choose differently because they feel that their children’s focus should be more academic and leave the financial living for when they are more grown up.
    In conclusion, I think it is a plus in the development of a child which parents need to consider so for them to get an idea how the working world is and the responsibilities it carries.

  4. Nanami.Y from Japan

    Hello, can I ask a question?
    I could not understand “mapping” well. I always think every sentences are essential.
    How can I find a main topic easily?

  5. If you are asking about making a map in relation to the Reading passages, every sentence has some kind of information – you are correct in saying that. However, very often the first sentence of a paragraph gives you a great idea of what the entire paragraph will be about. In that way the first sentence will help you make a map you can use when deciding which paragraph is likely to have a particular kind of information.

  6. Nanami.Y from Japan

    Thank you for replying me.
    I understood what the mapping is.
    Now I have 6.0 score but I need to get more than6.5 to study abroad so I have to study more!!!!

  7. And you will get there! Analysing your mistakes will help you, after doing a reading test always go over your wrong answers and make sure you understand why your answer was wrong and the one in the book was correct. It will help you avoid the same kind of mistake in the next test, and you will gradually improve your reading technique.

  8. Plz tell me something related to academic reading bcz I m so weak in this module.how I can Improve this module and also refer.me.any book for practice of.reading

  9. Hi everybody I had speaking exam today.
    Qs about home town
    Is your town a good place to live?
    Is it good for families with children?
    Do you know everybody in your town?
    Explain a place where you want to work there.
    You should say where is it
    What do you want to work there
    And what is your feeling about that
    What are benefits of working in another country for young people for a short period?
    Why some people don’t like to work abroad?
    What is good about working in an international company?
    What skills do these companies need?
    Tehran, Iran

  10. Edidiong Anthony David

    Good morning , please I subscribed for IELT materials and also for essay writing corrections,but I misplaced my phone December last year ,and because of this i can’t regain my old email,had to open a new email.so I wanted to know if those materials will be sent to my new email and also continue with the writing class.

  11. Amazing article. Your blog helped me to improve myself in many ways thanks for sharing this kind of wonderful informative blog live. I have bookmarked more articles from this website. Such a nice blog you are providing.

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