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All you need to know about IELTS?

What is IELTS? The IELTS exam is designed to assess the level of English of people who want to study or work in a country where English is the main language of communication. IELTS – International English Language Testing System gives you a certificate which is necessary for many types of visas to Australia. Currently, other tests are also recognized for visas.

Now there is the option to test each module yourself without taking the full exam. website masterclass

General Information about IELTS

The IELTS test consists of four modules: 1. Reading 2. Writing 3. Listening 4. Speaking

Average cost is $ 330AU

The IELTS test offers two versions: 1. Academic – could be considered more challenging, in the reading and writing aspects – it is designed for people who wish to study in an English speaking country. Often but not always, universities require Academic English

2. General– business English – this exam is recommended for those who want to work or migrate to an English speaking country. Immigration requires General English.

*The two versions of the test include the same listening and speaking modules but different reading and writing modules. The reading and writing modules in the general training are related to basic survival skills in both social and educational context. In contrast, the reading and writing modules in the academic version assess whether a person is ready to study or train in English at university level (academic texts and vocabulary).

Bookings can be made online,  the fee is payable at the time of booking and it is non-refundable.  Currently, some migration agents can make bookings. We have access to priority seats so if you are running out of time and there is no seats available, contact us immediately.

Each visa category requires different scores , read more about particular visas on our website and also expiration for IELTS result varies. For example , for RSMS visa for the primary applicant IELTS results are valid foR 3 years, but for spouse – for one year.

Quick references:

457 visa – ielts 5.0 overall with not less than 4.5 in modules. Valid for 3 years.

RSMS visa- ielts 6.0 valid for 3 years for primary applicant.

Student visa, depends on the course, usually not less than 5.0 for VET courses and anything up to 7.0 for Universities (for example, nursing)










Sample  listening A ( print About listening first if you want to try test) | Sample  listening B ( print About listening first if you want to try test) | About Listening test download pdf |

Duration: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes to transfer answers to the answer sheet. There are 40 questions.

There are 4 modules, as listed below. Each is listened only once. On the end of all 4 modules there is extra 10 minutes to write answers on the answer sheet.

Variate of questions is asked: multiple choices, short answer questions, matching or sentence completing. These include the ability to understand main ideas, detailed information, differences in opinion, spelling ability, recognizing accents as native speakers from US, UK, Canada, Australia can be used.

Section 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency.
Section 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Section 3 A conversation set in an educational or training context between two main speakers (for example, two university students in discussion, perhaps guided by a tutor).
Section 4 A monologue set in an educational or training context.

Poor spelling and grammar affects the score. Having the right word, but mis-spelled is not accepted. The same with capital letters.

And scores below:

Out of each section, so 10 questions:

1-4 correctly – band up to 5

5-7 Band between 5-7

8-10 Band above 7

Handy tips:

  • Write one or two possible answers when listening. In last 10 minutes you can choose more appropriate one. This is also time to check spelling and grammar ( for example past tense etc).
  • Think about the concept of the whole story.
  • Keep track of where you are with questions, otherwise you could fail all.
  • If not sure, skip it and keep up with rest of the story.


| About Ielts reading Academic – download pdf |  About Ielts reading General – download pdf

Duration: 60 minutes.

Format : 40 questions.

Each test contains 3 sections, with total length of 2150 to 2750 words.

The Skills tested are reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, understanding inferences and implied meaning, and recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

The Academic test has 3 longer authentic texts taken from newspapers, journals or books and may contain diagrams, pictures, graphs. Points are given for each answer. Poor spelling or grammar is also penalized.

Find samples hear: General and Academic. It is really good to read carefully. Academic / General

And scores for Academic test below: Out of 13 or 14 questions.

1-4 correctly – band up to 5

5-7 Band between 5-7

8-10 Band above 7

General test has five or six shorter texts. There are 3 sections: everyday life, work related issues, general interests.

And scores for Academic test below: Out of 13 or 14 questions.

1-3 correctly – band up to 4

4-8 Band between 4-6

9-13/14  Band above 6

Handy tips:

  • Understanding the questions is equally as important as understanding the text. Check twice if you understand the questions well.
  • Often there is no given answer, you must find it out based on tests.



| About Speaking Ielts-  download pdf

Duration 11-14 minutes, one on one.

There are 3 parts, each taking 4-5 minutes.

Part 1. general questions about yourselves and a range of familiar topics, such as your home, family, work, studies and interests

Part 2. you are given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You have one minute to prepare, before speaking for up to two minutes. Additional questions can be asked.

Part 3. Test takers are asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. It gives the opportunity for a more free style type of conversation.

What is assessed? – ability to: explain, argue, summarizing, analyzing, speculation, suggestion, comparing, narrating.

The following criteria are assessed: Fluency and coherency, range of vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and pronunciation.

All tests are recorded.

Handy tips:

  • As with every oral exam, make sure you are relaxed.
  • Do not treat examiner as  the enemy.
  • There is no right or wrong answers, examiner is looking to find out if you are fluent, if you can effectively communicate.
  • Grammar is important but being able to pass the message is more important.
  • Don’t be afraid to make jokes, apologize if don’t get it, change your mind or ask question- this is fluent communication.


| About Writing Ielts – General download pdf | About Writing Ielts – Academic download pdf 

Duration: 60 minutes, 2 or 3 tasks to write 150 and 250 words.

Task one usually takes 20 minutes as requires 150 words and task 2- 40 minutes.

Both academic and general test is assessed the same way.

Similar to the speaking element, the following criteria is assessed:  Task achievement, coherency and cohesion, range of vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and pronunciation.


Task 1- usually required to describe some information such as a graph, table etc. It checks ability to organize, present and compare data, describe stages or system , explain situation and steps.

Task 2- A point of view is given and answers gives the test taker the to ability to present problems, solve problems, present possible options or point of views, compare and analyze, evaluate and argue.


Task 1- usually required to write a letter. It can be formal, non formal or personal. What is checked is the ability to provide information, express needs, likes or opinions.

Task 2 – A point of view is given and answers gives the test taker the ability to present problems, solve problems, present possible options or point of views, compare and analyze, evaluate and argue.

Find samples of answers here: General and Academic. It is really good to read carefully.

Handy tips:

  • Think about structure first, opening, arguments, conclusions etc
  • Do not waste too much time on one fancy word you are not sure about. Find another word and keep going.
  • Make sure you know what you want to write, it must be clear what you think.
  • Grammar is important but being able to express a message is more important.