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IELTS, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd. It has been running since 1989.
There are two versions of the IELTS:

1- The Academic Training
2- The General Training

The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.

The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organisations. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from band 1 to band 9 and each institution sets a different threshold. Test reports older than two years are not valid, unless the user proves that he has worked to maintain his level.

What is the Test Composed of?

All candidates must complete four Modules - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - to obtain a band score, which is shown on the IELTS Test Report Form. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while the Reading and Writing Modules differ depending on whether the candidate is taking the Academic or General Training Versions of the Test.

The module comprises takes 40 minutes: 30 - for testing, plus 10 for transferring the answers to an answer sheet.

In the academic module the reading test comprises three sections, with 3 text passages with 40 questions. The General test also has 3 sections. However the texts are shorter, so there can be up to 5 texts to read.

In the Academic module, there are two tasks: in Task 1 candidates describe a diagram, graph, process or chart, and in Task 2 they respond to an argument. In the General Training module, there are also two tasks: in Task 1 candidates write a letter or explain a situation, and in Task 2 they write an essay.

The speaking test consists of three sections. The first section is composed of a general interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam,etc. In the second section candidates are given a topic to speak for 1-2 minutes. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2.

The total test duration is around 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Listening: 40 minutes
Reading: 60 minutes.
Writing: 60 minutes.
Speaking: 1115 minutes.
Listening, Reading and Writing modules are completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.

How to Prepare for the Test

Preparation time depends on your English language skills level, but you should start preparing for the test at least 6 weeks before the test date.
Your main aim should be to practice all modules thoroughly, as getting a good score in IELTS depends not just on your English language skills, but also on learning the technique the test is based on.

1- There are books available with many sample IELTS tests with CDs for the listening modules. Buy any one of them, Barron's, Cambridge, etc., the important thing is to practice, practice, practice.

2- There are a lot of website resources available on the internet, dedicated to IELTS preparation and a lot of material on them is free.

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