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  Introduction to the IELTS test
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IELTS is a test of English language ability for students and personnel worldwide. It is the preferred language test by institutions, universities and corporations in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge Examinations Syndicate, the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

IELTS assesses the ability to use English in communication in all of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The modules are taken in the following order. The Speaking Module may be administered before or after the other three modules.

4 sections, 40 questions
30 minutes
3 sections, 40 questions
60 minutes
2 tasks
60 minutes
3 parts
11-14 minutes

There is no pass or fail mark. The assessment will be reported according to a scale from bands 1 to 9. Candidates receive a band score for each of the four modules of the test and an overall band score. Each Band corresponds to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of a candidate’s English language ability at that level. Band 1 indicates that the candidate has virtually no English at all while Band 9 is near native/native speaker proficiency.

The test questions and tasks have been designed to reflect the general interests of people from an educated background. You will therefore not be required to have any specialist knowledge.

There are two different IELTS tests: Academic and General. The information on this site is about the Academic test as this is the test you will have to take.

For further information about the test and the official IELTS Handbook, visit the official IELTS website. http://www.ielts.org/


You can take the test with IDP or British Council in Hong Kong. You need to check with these providers for exam application, exam dates and fees.

IDP www.ieltshongkong.hk 2827 6362

British Council http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/exam/ielts 2913 5100


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