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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q.1 What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
Q.2 Should I take the Academic or the General Training module?
The Academic module is ideal if you want to study at undergraduate/postgraduate level or for professional registration. The General Training module is normally taken by those who want to migrate to an English-speaking country. If you are still unsure, we advise you to check with the institution you’re applying to.
Q.3 Does IELTS include American English?
IELTS is an international English test that covers all major varieties of English (American, Australian, British). However, when you write an answer make sure that you follow either American, Australian or British English.
Q.4 What topics are covered in IELTS?
A wide range of topics are covered and they are relevant and accessible to those wanting to study at university level. No specialist knowledge is required.
Q.5 How soon the candidate can give the IELTS test again?
A. Candidates can resit for the IELTS exam anytime. However, we suggest that you sit for the exam when you are 100 per cent sure that you will pass.
Q.6 How can I postpone or cancel my IELTS test?
A. Candidates can cancel or postpone the IELTS exam. However, candidates canpostpone or cancel the exam personally or through email. Cancellation or postponementcannot be done through the telephone.
Note: Contact your test administrator for more details.
Q.7 How to register for IELTS?
 Visit the official IELTS website – British Council and IDP are the two test
administrators
 Register for the test.
 Select the test type and date.
 Give all your details in the application form.
 Upload all your documents as asked
 Pay the fee and check all the details and then proceed.
Note: Cross check all details carefully before submitting
Q.8 How can I prepare for the IELTS Test?
A. The aspirants can prepare for the exam through self-study or by attending coaching
for the test. Those who wish to prepare themselves can prepare from the following set of
books.
For General IELTS
 New Insight into IELTS
 Vocabulary for IELTS
 Cambridge Test Papers – General Training
For Academic IELTS
 Cambridge New Insight into IELTS
 The Official Cambridge Guide To IELTS Student’s Book
 Check Your English Vocabulary For IELTS by Rawdon Wyatt
 Cambridge Test Papers – Academic Training
Grammar
 English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide
Q.9 What is the test format?
You will be assessed on four skills, that is
 Listening (30 minutes) ( For karan- attach the links to respective skills)
 Reading (1 hour)
 Writing (1 hour)
 Speaking (10-15 minutes)
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for the next round
Q.10 Is computer-based test easier than paper-based test?
Both the tests are of the same difficulty level. There is no difference. Choose whatever
mode you are comfortable with and register for the exam accordingly.
Q.11 How long is the test score valid?
The test score is valid for two years
Q. How long will it take me to prepare for the exam?
It depends on your present proficiency levels and how quickly you understand the tips
and techniques to answer.
Test takers with Advanced Proficiency Level – 4 weeks
Test takers with Intermediate Proficiency Level – 8 weeks
Test takers with Beginners Proficiency Level – 24 weeks and more
Q.12 What is the key to success for this exam?
Practice is the key to success. The more you practice, the better will be your result.