IELTS, or “International English Testing System”, is an International standardized test of English language proficiency, IELTS Academic module – Institutions of Higher and Further Education. The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
IELTS consists of 4 modules (Listening, speaking, reading and writing) of general length 2 hours 45 minutes. Results are issued 13 days after the test.
There is a point system with 0 to 9 points. There is no passing score. The minimum score accepted for a course ranges from 5.0 to 7.5, depending upon courses and institutes you are applying to. The most common requirement is a band a band score of 6 to 6.5.
You can pass the test in British Council one time a month. You need to register 1.5 months ahead. Prepare filled Application Form, a Recent Photo, Passport and some other document (i.e. Driving License), Payment Bill and copies of each document.
Its cost is Rupee 7200 (From January 2007).
Test Reports have a validity of two years.
You can retake the test if you do not achieve the desired score but not before three months of the first test date.