The IELTS test is conducted by either the British Council, IDP IELTS Australia or the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. It is an English language test that assesses the language skills of people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment. IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English test. Over 3 million tests were taken last year.
The IELTS test has four components – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All four components are taken on the same day, one after the other. The Speaking component may be taken on a different day, up to a week before or after the other three components.
IELTS classes in Sri Lanka are designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 10,000 organizations, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. In Sri Lanka, IELTS is accepted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council, the Sri Lanka Dental Council, the Sri Lanka Nurses and Midwives Council and many other professional bodies.
IELTS is a paper-based test. The test has four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and has four sections.
The Reading test is 60 minutes long and has three sections.
The Writing test is 60 minutes long and has two sections.
The Speaking test is 15 minutes long and is conducted by a trained IELTS examiner.