What is IELTS?

IELTS: International English Language Testing System regulated and owned by three companies:
• The British Council (
• Cambridge English Language Assessment (
• IDP – Educational Organisation (

IELTS is a global test for a global language. Many people undertake IELTS for further study, work and travel. The IELTS test is standardised across the world.
Nurses must undertake the ACADEMIC module.

IELTS Examines 4 areas of language competence:



IELTS test summary (ACADEMIC module)

• The Listening section lasts 40 minutes
• Includes 4 recorded monologues and conversations
• Includes candidates having to answer multiple choice questions and note completing
• The recordings will only be played once each time

• The reading section is different for academic and general modules.
• The candidate will complete 40 questions in 1 hour
• Includes 3 long reading passages, ranging from descriptive to factual. Candidates will then be asked questions about the texts.
• Includes non verbal material and authentic texts from books.

• Takes 60 minutes with 2 parts
• 1st part requires the candidate to write 150 words summarising and describing a table/ graph or other illustration
• 2nd part requires the candidate to write 250 words as a short essay to replicate what might be required in academic studies.

• Takes between 11-14 minutes in 3 parts and is assessed by a face to face interview
• Is marked in terms of fluency and coherence, lexical resource (vocabulary), grammatical range and accuracy and pronunciation.

How IELTS is marked?

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The average produces your overall band score.
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 part of the test.
The following rounding conversion applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.
Your IELTS results will be available 13 days after your test and recorded on a Test Report Form which will be available after 1 week of the Test Result.

Here you can find some examples how the overall band is calculated:
*Average score = total of the four individual component scores divided by four.


British Council IELTS : Introduction to IELTS

British Council: IELTS Listening

IELTS Official : Writing Test 1 Introduction and Sample

Study IELTS with Emma Watson

Study IELTS with Liz

Useful websites:


Study IELTS with Liz

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

IELTS Articles

British Council
British Council G+

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

Free Practice Tests for learners of English

IELTS buddy

IELTS essentials (idp education)

British Council

BBC: Learning English

British Council: Learn english (IELTS)

Sierra College

English Interactive

ESL Student Online Practice

ESL Games

IELTS Writing Actual Tests (Task 2) In 2015 & Model Essays

Apps developed by British Council :

Smartphone Apps (Apple Store & Google Play)
Apple Store – Free – Word Power by British Council

Google Play – Free – Word Power by British Council


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