International English Language Testing System (IELTS): IELTS is an English test to check the English language communication skills ofstudents who do not have English as their first language. IELTS scores are required by the Colleges/Universities of UK, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, USA and other countries. The test checks listening, speaking, writing and reading skills of students.
There are two versions of IELTS test: the Academic Module and the General Training Module. The Academic Module is usually for people wanting to follow an Academic Course in English and the General Training Module is usually for people wanting to follow a non-academic course or for immigration.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment and offered through more than 1000 test centers and locations in over 140 countries.
IELTS has four parts – Listening (40 Questions – 30 minutes), Reading (40 Questions – 60 minutes), Writing (Two tasks – 60 minutes) and Speaking (10 – 12 Questions – 11–14 minutes). 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.
Date can be booked through respective websites of host organizations.
Fee is different from country to country and is changeable. It is NRs. 15,400 now in Nepal
The score ranges from 0 to 9 bands.
Result generally can be received after 2 weeks from the day of the test.
The score is valid for 2 years.