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IELTS Test – What is it?

If you need to take the IELTS test for study or visa purposes, you may be wondering what to expect. E2Language will answer some of the questions you may have about this test and help you prepare.

The International English Language Testing System, otherwise known as IELTS, is a standardised English proficiency test that can be used for entry into English-speaking universities or as part of visa requirements. It is accepted in many English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

The IELTS test consists of four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

The reading, writing and listening parts of the test are done on the same day. The speaking test is done separately on a different day.

Each skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking) is judged out of 9. The maximum total score that can be achieved in the IELTS test is 9.

IELTS Test – Academic or General?

There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic and general.

The academic IELTS is required for entry into academic programs in English-speaking universities.

The general IELTS is required for immigration purposes.

The listening and speaking tests are the same for both the academic and general IELTS. However, the reading and writing are different.

Click here if you’re not sure whether to take IELTS Academic or IELTS General.

Watch E2Language IELTS experts Jamal and Jay describe their IELTS Academic experience and lessons learned. Find more useful webinars & lectures on our E2 IELTS YouTube Channel.

E2Language IELTS Course

We have a complete IELTS preparation system that will lead you to success.


Step 1: Personal Study Plan
Here you meet one on one with an expert teacher who will identify exactly what you need to work on, when and how. Your Study Plan will get you started and keep you going right to the end.

Step 2: Skill Building Lessons

You may need to build your vocabulary, improve your grammar or refine your pronunciation. We have everything you need including 100s of video-based lessons and our app – E2Pronounce, which refines your pronunciation.

Step 3: Methods, Tips and Strategy Classes

Join our live online classes held by expert teachers who have taken the test themselves. Our teachers will show you HOW to answer each and every question.

Step 4: Practice!

Yes, you will have to practice… but once you build your skills and learn the methods your practice becomes a lot more enjoyable. It won’t be confusing anymore! We have heaps of practice questions for you to apply the methods.

Step 5: Expert Feedback Tutorials

Here, you meet one on one with an expert teacher who will tell you exactly what you are doing right – and more importantly – what you are doing wrong. The teacher may direct you to do more practice, refine your understanding of the methods or the teacher may say “You’re ready to go!”. We have teachers all around the world and run classes, pretty much, 24/7.

Step 6: LIVE Mock Tests

You need to experience what it’s like to take the test under test conditions. Join our live mock tests held by expert teachers who will pressure you but guide you.

Step 7: Test Day

If you follow our program you will be more than ready for test day. You will be confident because confidence comes from good preparation and ability.

For more information about:

  1. IELTS test registration
  2. IELTS test dates and scheduling
  3. IELTS general procedure
  4. IELTS scoring

Visit the official IELTS website:

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