About the IELTS:

IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Listening and Speaking are the same in both general training and academic versions of the exam. However, candidates taking the academic module face more complex assignments in IELTS Reading and Writing section. IELTS Listening is comprised of four parts of increasing difficulty. Each part is a short dialogue (or monologue) that is followed by a set of questions. It is important that you prepare well for the section and know enough IELTS Listening tips and tricks as each text is played only once. You will have 40 minutes to complete the task. In the Reading section of the academic version of the test candidates are presented with three texts and 40 questions (13-14 for each text). Candidates are given 60 minutes to read all the texts and fill in the answer sheet. IELTS Writing is comprised of 2 tasks: in the academic module candidates IELTS Writing task1 requires to describe a graph, diagram or chart, and then answer to an argument. Those taking the general training version have an IELTS Writing task to write a letter and a short essay. Writing in IELTS essays requires a lot of practice. Like in Reading, students have 60 minutes to finish the section.

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The total test duration (Listening, Reading and Writing) is 2 hours 45 minutes. IELTS Speaking will take additional 10-15 minutes, and consists of three parts. First, the examiner will ask a candidate about his/her hobbies, interests and reasons for taking the exam – this will be the IELTS Speaking topic. In Task 2 candidates get a topic card and have to prepare IELTS Speaking answers within one minute. The third part of the Speaking test for IELTS involves a discussion with the examiner about the topic presented in the previous part. After all four sections are completed; you are done with your exam. The result will be available after a couple of weeks.

How is the IELTS scored?

The IELTS 9-band scale:

You’ll receive a score between 1 to 9 for each section of your test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Your overall band score is the average achieved from each element of the test. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each test.

How are your results used?

There is no pass or fail with IELTS. Your results will be used by your chosen organization to assess your English language skills against international standards such as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). IELTS can act as a gateway to a new life abroad – scores are accepted by over 10,000 English-speaking organizations worldwide, including institutions, business and immigration authorities.

You’ll find a full breakdown of your results on your Test Report Form.

Registration for the IELTS exam:

In order for you to apply for the IELTS exam, it is required to visit a test center in your country. For instance, in terms of Kuwait, there are two main authorized test centers that you may conduct your first IELTS exam in. They are: IDP IELTS Kuwait and British Council Kuwait.

IDP IELTS Kuwait Link:

British Council Kuwait Link:

How to prepare for the IELTS exams?

When you’ve familiarized yourself with the IELTS test format, we advise test takers to prepare using a range of preparation activities. We recommend undertaking some or all of these activities:

  • Download the new IELTS Prep App which includes practice tests, tips and quizzes.
  • Take Road to IELTS, the comprehensive e-course designed by the British Council.
  • Get to know the IELTS practice test papers and answers.
  • Take practice tests under timed conditions.
  • Practice with IELTS online preparation resources, available free when you book your test with the British Council.
  • Buy IELTS self-study books and materials.
  • Take an IELTS preparation course with the British Council.