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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test based on English Language Proficiency. It is the world’s most popular English language test with over 2 million test taken per year. The test is done to assess the language ability of non- native speakers of English who intends to study or work where the language of communication is English.

It is accepted by over 9000 organizations worldwide including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. The test format is comprised of four papers listening, reading, writing and speaking. Based on the specific reason for doing the IELTS you need to choose from two different modules: Academic and General Training.

Please click the link to find out which module is best for you



With over 1100 test location worldwide and up to 48 test dates per year you are bound to find one near you. Please click the link below to find the nearest centre to you.

Find the nearest location where you can take the test.

Step 2

You can download the and fill out the application form and take it to the test centre with the specified fee or if you wish you can do it online.

Download the application form here.

Step 3

Once your application has been process the centre will send you a written confirmation with the date and time of your test.

For more information, you can click here to download a booklet.



Preparing for The Test.

While preparing for the test you must make sure you study the format to ensure you know what to expect. It is recommended to read through the IELTS rules and regulations which are included in the application form in the Notice to Candidates and Declaration section.  Look at the content carefully of each part of the test: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Now, you need to do all the practice you can get, try to use English everyday by listening to English radio stations, television and films. Read newspapers magazines and try to listen to different variety of English accent including British, Australian, American, Canadian etc. also get your family and friends to assist with the preparation process.

Please click the following link to get the recommended booklist for IELTS.


This section lasts for 30 minutes and consists of four sections comprising of ten questions each. This section is the same for both modules. Please click the following link to get more in-depth details on the listening section of the test.


Please click the following links with videos depicting practice tests and answers that will be of great help towards preparing for the listening test.

Listening practice test with answers.



This section is different for the Academic and General Training module of the test but it is basically the same layout the only difference is how the questions are structured. It consists of three sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, you are given 40 questions to do in a 60-minute period. You can write on the question sheet but you must transfer the answers to the answer sheet and no extra time is given to do so you must work with the timing as best as possible.

The following links include videos and past paper sample questions with answer that I know will give you a lot of practice.

Reading strategies



This section for the two modules are quite different but they both last for 60 minutes with 2 tasks to complete. Task 1 of the academic paper you will be given some visual information in which you should describe in your own words which can either be graphs, tables, charts or diagrams. While for the General Training you should respond to a situation by writing a letter. Both you will need to write a least 150 words in 20 minutes.

Task 2 is quite similar where you will need to write an essay based on the topic given, you should write a least 250 words in the remaining 40 minutes.


This section is normally done on a separate date from all the three sections which is either done seven days before or seven days after. This is a face to face interview between the candidate and the examiner which makes it more fair because you have no computer problems or interruptions. This is recorded and normally lasts from 11-14 minutes and has 3 parts that assesses your fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy and pronunciation. The following links will give you some tips when speaking.

Arrival of Test

After all the preparation, it is now time for the test. All the hard work is about to pay off. Get plenty of rest the night before so you feel more relaxed, plan you your journey ahead of time, know where to find the centre so that you can arrive on time. Bring with you your passport/national identity card and ensure it is the same identification that you provided on the application form or you will not be allowed to sit the test. Also, bring stationaries: pens, pencils and erasers whatever you will need for the test.

Have fun and remember you got this.

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