IELTS Exam 2022

Updated by: Nidhi bahl on April 11, 2022, 3:57 p.m.

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What is IELTS Exam?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardised English language test, which is conducted for admission to universities across the world that offer English-taught programmes. The IELTS exam was initially designed in 1989 by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English to judge a person's English language proficiency for study and work purposes. Presently, the IELTS test is conducted across 1,600 locations worldwide at designated IELTS test centers.

An IELTS score is evaluated on a nine-band scale to identify the level of English proficiency of a candidate. The IELTS exam is conducted in an unbiased manner and with utmost fairness at all locations and follows the same IELTS exam pattern no matter where the test is conducted. Every IELTS test is conducted in two formats i.e. IELTS Computer Based Test (CBT) and IELTS Paper-Based Test (PBT). One can choose to take the test in either of the two formats based on their convenience.

IELTS 2022 Updates

The College Board has introduced a new IELTS exam format for applicants to take the test as a response to the Covid-19 situation. With the help of the new offering, test-takers can now take the test from the comfort of their homes. The new IELTS online test at home is named as IELTS Indicator.

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Latest Updates on IELTS 2022

British Council Sells IELTS India Business to IDP for £130 Million

The British Council has sold its IELTS India business to IDP Education for £130m, on a debt-free and cash-free basis. IDP has highlighted that while logos and registration process may undergo some changes, the overall IELTS exam structure and test will remain the same.

The move came amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from the beginning of which the British Council had been facing numerous financial challenges. Interim CEO of British Council, Kate Ewart-Biggs, said this sale would help "British Council improve its financial position".

IELTS Partners Launch New Online Test

IELTS Indicator, which can also be called the IELTS online test or IELTS test at-home, was launched after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and has been open for bookings since April 22, 2020. The IELTS online test has been designed particularly for students unable to attempt the test at an IELTS exam centers due to COVID-19 restrictions. Similar to the IELTS test centre version, the IELTS Indicator will also assesses the four skills of the English Language, i.e. Listening, Writing, Reading, and Speaking but can be taken from the comfort of home.

Currently, the IELTS Indicator test is conducted once a week and will also available for students taking the test in India. The test covers all four sections i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections of the IELTS test center exam format. The IELTS online test is available for a limited time period, especially for areas where the IELTS exam centers are currently suspended due to public health restrictions.

Many universities and educational institutions are currently using scores secured in the IELTS Indicator test for application purposes. However, candidates must note that the IELTS online test is not a substitute for the in-person IELTS tests. Candidates may be required to take the in-person IELTS test if needed by the university or institute as and when the test centres are available at a specific location.

Highlights of IELTS Exam

Following are some of the major highlights of the IELTS exam:

Conducting Body

British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English

Mode of Test

Computer-Based or Paper Based

Types of IELTS Test

IELTS Academic

IELTS General Training

IELTS Indicator (Newly added post-COVID-19 outbreak)

Duration of IELTS Exam

2 hours 45 minutes

IELTS Sections

IELTS Listening Section

IELTS Reading Section

IELTS Writing Section

IELTS Speaking Section

IELTS Scoring

On a band scale of 1 to 9

IELTS Registration Fee

Rs 14,000

IELTS Test Center

IELTS Designated Centres in More than 140 Participating Countries

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Types of IELTS Exam

Across the globe, study abroad aspirants choose to attempt an IELTS exam, which is conducted in two popular types as has been discussed below:

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is designed for students who want to apply for higher education or professional courses at different institutions across the world where the primary language of communication and medium of instruction is English. The IELTS exam is used to judge a candidate's command of the English language so that they can cope with their English-taught programmes at the respective universities abroad.

The IELTS scorecard earned from an IELTS Academic exam is widely accepted by universities and colleges across the world, especially in English-speaking countries. This IELTS exam pattern includes four sections assessing the four main parameters of the English language, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The Listening and Speaking section this IELTS exam is the same as the IELTS General Training, however, the subject matter for the Reading and Writing sections of both the tests are different. The total test time allocated for the IELTS Academic is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training test has been designed for students who need to visit a country where English is the primary language of communication. The purpose of the visit to the English-speaking country could range from higher educationpurposes to training programmes or work experience purposes.

Those who wish to migrate to countries like the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand also need to take the IELTS General Training test. This IELTS exam is used to judge the basic English language skills of a person for social and professional interaction.

Just like IELTS Academics, the IELTS General Training Test also comprises four sections Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Listening and speaking section format will be the same as IELTS Academic, however, a slight variation in the Reading and Writing sections of both the IELTS will be present.

Why IELTS Exam is Taken?

The IELTS exam is one of the most popular English Language proficiency tests that is widely accepted by universities and organisations across 140 countries for purposes varying from higher studies to work purposes, including immigration. Listed below are some of the reasons why taking the IELTS exam in 2022 will be the right choice for you:

  • An IELTS score can be used for multiple purposes like getting accepted into a university for higher education, moving and settling abroad, getting a job or even completing a short term English-taught course in a foreign nation.

  • An IELTS score is accepted by over 10,000 universities and organisations across 140 countries.

  • The IELTS exam evaluates your proficiency in the English language which can be necessary for both academic and career prospects abroad.

  • Among the different types of IELTS exams, you must take the IELTS Academics Test if you wish to study undergraduate or study postgraduate programmes abroad. The IELTS Academic test is also useful for those wishing to apply for the Student Route Visa in the UK or work in a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.

  • The other type of IELTS Exam, i.e. the IELTS General Training Test, is a good option if you wish to study a course or programme lower than a degree in a foreign country or take up work/training in an English-speaking country. This IELTS test is also applicable for those looking to migrate to an English-speaking country.

Stages Involved in IELTS Exams

From IELTS registration to downloading the IELTS results, the exam is divided into various stages simplifying the entire process of earning a good IELTS score band for the purpose of applying to English-taught courses offered by top IELTS accepting universities abroad.

The various stages of an IELTS exam have been outlined below:

Stage 1: Learn everything about the IELTS Exam

The first step involved this English proficiency exam is to learn everything there is to know about the exam such as the IELTS exam pattern, registration process, preparation strategies, the list of universities accepting IELTS scorecards, as well as all the parameters that make IELTS valid for admissions abroad, etc.

Step 2: Registering for an IELTS Exam

Once you have decided to attempt the exam, you must complete the IELTS registration process and select the right test date and time through the IELTS booking process. You need to pay a minimum registration fee each time you wish to attempt either of the tests, i.e. IELTS Academic or IELTS General.

Step 3: Select the Date, Time and Test Center

Once the IELTS registration process is complete, select the most appropriate date, time and exam center. The slot must be booked early to get the most suitable date, time and test centre for your IELTS exam.

Step 4: Appear for the Scheduled IELTS Exam

Once the IELTS exam admit card has been released, download it from the official website and appear for the test as per the details mentioned on the admit card. It is important to strictly follow the instructions mentioned on the IELTS exam admit card to avoid any confusion on the day of the test.

Step 5: Wait for the Official IELTS Results

If you have taken the IELTS PBT test, you can expect to receive your IELTS results within 13 days after taking the test. The IELTS CBT scorecard is usually released within 3 to 5 days after taking the test. IELTS results can be checked online at one of the following websites:

  • British Council network of IELTS test centers
  • IDP IELTS Australia network of IELTS test centers
  • IELTS USA network of IELTS test centers

If you are interested in acceing your IELTS results, you must have a valid ID number and candidate number to login to your account, wherein you will be able to access the IELTS scorecard.

Note: Currently, test-takers will be able to view their IELTS results online over a period of 28 days.

IELTS Exam Eligibility Criteria 2022

The official administrators for IELTS exams have not established any specific eligibility criteria. However, different universities or organisations abroad will have specified different individual selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements. Popularly, the IELTS exam can be split into two categories based on why the test-taker needs the score. Students intending to study abroad take the IELTS Academic test. And those intending to migrate or move abroad for work can choose to take the IELTS General test version of the English proficiency exam.

Regardless of the type of IELTS exam you choose to attempt, it is important to meet the IELTS eligibility criteria. The eligibility requirements for IELTS exam are not particularly stringent. Still, below are some criteria worth that you might need to abide by:

  • Age Requirement: Anyone older than 16 years can take the IELTS exam, however, there is no upper age limit to this examination. In accordance with the official IELTS exam website, anyone can take the IELTS test from any part of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, age, race, or religion. However, the IELTS exam is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.

  • Minimum Qualification: Similar to other English proficiency tests, the IELTS exam does not particular present any specific qualification requirements, however, there are certain criteria that should be met before completing the IELTS registration process, as defined below:

  1. IELTS exam aspirants must have completed a minimum qualification up to 12th grade.

  2. There is no minimum percentage criteria to appear for the IELTS exams.

  • Minimum IELTS score for Top Universities: Specific to the admission processes and requirements of each university abroad, students may be required to present a score of 6.-7 on the IELTS score band. (The top universities abroad generally require 7 and above)

  • Passport: According to official guidelines, candidates can register for an IELTS exam with a valid photo ID. Therefore, all IELTS test-takers need to bring either a valid passport or an official identification card to complete the IELTS registration process.

  • Other IELTS Eligibility Criteria: You will be eligible to take the IELTS exam in the following scenarios:

  1. If you are planning to work in Australia/UK/USA.

  2. If you are an emigration candidate planning on moving to Australia, Canada, or New Zealand.

  3. If you are planning to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Note: Universities across the globe may specify different age as well as language requirements for applicants. Students are advised to cross-check the eligibility requirements established by each university.

IELTS Test Dates 2022

According to the official website for IELTS, sections of listening, reading, and writing should be completed simultaneously. Out of all the test sections, the IELTS speaking test is scheduled either seven days before or after the actual IELTS exam date. Therefore, when selecting the date and time, students are advised to consider this parameter when completing their IELTS booking process. Generally, throughout a month, aspirants can attempt the IELTS exam on Thursdays or Saturdays to accommodate the convenience of the students.

In total, 48 Academic Tests and 24 General Training Tests taken at test centres are administered annually. However, the computerized IELTS tests are available seven days a week and four times each day. Aspirants looking forward to attempt the test in 2022 can expect to see numerous IELTS exam dates available. It is important that you book your test dates as soon as possible since the IELTS test centres operate on a first-come-first-serve basis.

IELTS test Dates 2022: How to Find them?

IDP IELTS India conducts both the IELTS General and IELTS Academic tests across major cities in India. Test-takers can therefore choose a an IELTS test date suitable for them by checking the respective dates and by following the steps outlined below.

IELTS Exam Booking: Selecting Dates and Locations

If you wish to book your desired test centre and IELTS dates, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Visit the official website for the IELTS exam and click on ‘Register Now’.

  • Choose the city, month, and module for your IELTS exam by clicking on 'Find Test Date' option.

  • Your browser will then redirect you to the IELTS Application: Check Test Availability page.

  • Candidates must then select their preferred IELTS exam date and click 'Apply'.

IELTS Test Centers 2022

The IELTS exam is offered in 75 locations across India by IDP Education, which has offices in 37 cities. Those interested in attempting any of the IELTS exam must will be asked to pay an IELTS application fee of INR 14,700.

Here is a list of Indian states and cities where you can find the relevant IELTS test centre operated under IDP Education.

  • Gujarat
  • Kerala
  • Punjab
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • New Delhi
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Rajasthan
  • Jaipur
  • Uttarakhand
  • Dehradun
  • Odisha
  • Mangalore
  • Karnataka
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • West Bengal
  • Goa
  • Jharkhand
  • Bihar
  • Assam
  • Uttar Pradesh

How to change the IELTS test centers?

According to current policies and guidelines, it is possible to request for postponement or cancellation of an IELTS exam up to five weeks prior to the scheduled test date through email or in-person. However, a telephonic conversation will not be accepted for IELTS test cancellations or postponements.

How to check if an IELTS test center is available or not before an IELTS exam?

For last-minute updates, all test-takers are advised to visit the official IELTS website (IDP), or connect with experienced faculty or study abroad experts. Moreover, test-takers are further advised to check their email two days prior to the test. If there are any last-minute changes to the venue, an email will be sent on the registered email address, confirming any updates, changes to the IELTS exam center locations or any other changes.

IELTS Test Center Rules and Regulations

Before appearing for the exam, test-takers should be aware of the different rules and regulations of the IELTS exam center where they will be attempting the test. Some of the general IELTS exam center rules and regulations have been outlined below:

  • Applicants are required to present valid national IDs or passports as proof of identification. The document must include a passport or unique identification number, a signature, a birthdate, and a photograph of the candidate appearing for the IELTS exam.

  • IELTS test-takers are not permitted to remove any materials used during the test.

  • All IELTS exam centers forbid eating or drinking inside the testing room.

  • At the designated IELTS test centers, students are directed to turn off any electronic devices and keep them outside the room when taking any of the IELTS exams.

IELTS Registration 2022

The IELTS registration process is a straightforward process and needs to be completed by visiting the official website for IELTS examinations. Those submitting the application forms for IELTS online need to keep a few things in mind, such as the distance between their residence and the designated IELTS exam center, the test dates, etc.

The IELTS exam registration period for 2022 will consist of approximately 48 dates. Each month, there are four available IELTS exam dates for aspirants. During the peak months of July and August, when most students take the exam, those interested in appearing for the exam must complete their IELTS registration as early as possible.

Selecting your slot during the IELTS exam booking process in advance will help you invest the perfect time and effort in preparation. To book an IELTS slot, candidates must pay a fee of INR 14,700 every time they wish to take the exam. You can register for the IELTS exam in two ways, as defined below:

  • Offline IELTS Registration: IELTS exam Registration can be done offline at any IDP IELTS branch or through any referral partner. A aspirant needs to submit certain documents during the offline IELTS registration process, such as a copy of the student's passport, a declaration document, etc, in order to complete the process. 

  • Online IELTS Registration: IELTS online registration process is probably the most common option among aspirants and can be completed by visiting the official website of IDP IELTS India. Here, they can choose their desired type of IELTS exam, the time and date you prefer, and proceed to complete the payment for IELTS registration. The registration fees for IELTS exam can be paid digitally through debit or credit cards.

How to Register for IELTS Exam 2022?

To complete the registration process for IELTS online, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit the official IELTS India's website.

Step 2: Complete the IELTS registration by clicking on the “Register for the test” option on the website.

Step 3: Decide between the IELTS online test or offline paper test and select your desired test format.

Step 4: Pick your preferred type of IELTS exam, i.e. the IELTS General Training Test or the IELTS Academic Test.

Step 5: Locate your nearest IELTS exam centre from the provided list.

Step 6: Complete the IELTS booking process by selecting the appropriate dates and times as per your convenience.

Step 7: Complete the IELTS registration form with all the required information.

Step 8: Add your passport photo.

Step 9: Click on "submit", which will then direct you to the IELTS exam payment portal. Enter your credit or debit card information to pay the required IELTS exam application fee.

Step 10: Congratulations! Your IELTS registration has been completed successfully.

As soon as your IELTS test date has been reserved, you will receive an acknowledgment of the test on your registered email address/phone number. For the IELTS Speaking test, you can schedule an appointment online on your preferred date and time (Only valid for paper-based IELTS). In the event that you don't select a slot within the deadline, an approprate time slot will be allocated to you automatically.

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IELTS Exam Fee 2022

If you have decided to attempt the popular English proficiency test, you will have to pay an IELTS exam fee, particular to the IELTS exam of your choice. Being the official administrator for IELTS tests in India, IDP India is the sole organisation responsible for defining the IELTS exam fees for Indian students planning to study or settle down abroad.

Check out the table below to understand the different costs associated with IELTS exam fees for the current academic year.

Type of Test

IELTS Exam Fees

IELTS for UKVI (Computer-delivered)

INR 15,750

IELTS EXam (Computer-Delivered)

INR 15,500

Pen-Paper Based IELTS Exam

INR 15,500

IELTS Exam for UK Visas and Immigration

INR 15,750

IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)

INR 14,600

Note: The application fees for IELTS exams are defined by IDP India and are subject to change at their discretion. Therefore, before applying for the relevant IELTS test, aspirants are advised to either check the official website for any changes in the fees, or reach out to experienced study abroad counsellors for the latest updates on IELTS exams.

IELTS Exam Booking 2022

Candidates must complete the IELTS exam registration on the offical website for the test, i.e. IELTS IDP India. Included in the registration process for test is choosing the right test dates for the test by completing the IELTS exam booking process. It is recommended to check your schedule before confirming the final exam dates as you will need to schedule out the IELTS preparation period in order to obtain a good score in the test.

Aside from this, many schools and institutions offer rolling deadlines, allowing students to submit their IELTS results 2022 if they were unable to present the scores as and when possible. Furthermore, several colleges/universities abroad have established a single deadline by which candidates must submit their respective IELTS score. As a result, after choosing the exact date and time, it is necessary to book an IELTS exam slot that is convenient for you.

Note: The British Council will stop conducting IELTS examinations in India on July 25, 2022. IDP will administer all IELTS exams in India.

From July 25th onwards, you may reserve an IELTS exam on paper or on a computer with IDP.

IELTS Exam Pattern 2022

The Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking sections make up the four sections of the 2022 IELTS exam pattern. Each candidate is assessed on each of the four sections, separately. Currently, there are two formats available among the IELTS exam offerings, viz, IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. However, before applying, students should verify the language test requirements of their desired college or university abroad where they intend to enrol. 

Commonly, universities around the world are seen accepting IELTS Academic test score for applicants seeking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Several parameters of the English Language skills are assessed through the four sections, as outlined in the IELTS exam pattern that quantifying the candidates' skills, knowledge and understanding of the language.

IELTS Test Pattern 2022

The various sections of the IELTS exam including Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing take about 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete all the queations asked on the test.

  • IELTS Reading Section: This section of the IELTS exam offers three passages of general interest, relevant to candidates aspiring to pursue postgraduate or undergraduate studies in English-speaking countries. Test-takers will be asked to answer around 40 questions in the IELTS reading section, for which a total of 60 minutes have been allocted.

  • IELTS Listening Section: There are four sections to the IELTS Listening Section and candidates are required to answer a total of 40 questions across different types. The total time allocated to this section of the IELTS exam is 30 minutes. Often, the IELTS listening test questions consist of sentence completion questions, multiple-choice questions, notes, tables, flowcharts, and summary questions.

  • IELTS Speaking Section: Each candidate will be asked to participate in a face-to-face interview for the IELTS speaking section, which can last for about 11 to 14 minutes in total. In IELTS speaking test, candidates are evaluated in a manner to determine whether they could be effective communicators in the country where they are applying.

  • IELTS Writing Section: There are two essay questions in the IELTS writing task, each requiring a short answer of 250 words. The IELTS writing section should be completed within 60 minutes, wherein, both IELTS Writing Task 1 and IELTS Writing Task 2 should be completed. Acording to the exam pattern, the IELTS writing task 2 will require candidates to write a short essay in response to a statement or premise. On the other hand, the IELTS writing task 1 will see students read data presented by tables, bars, charts, processes and diagrams, which must then be explained in their own words.

IELTS Syllabus 2022

The IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests are both parts of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Exam). Depending on the university/course you are applying to or even your own requirements, you have the opportuity to choose either of these options. The IELTS test, in both its academic and non-academic form, provides an accurate and valid diagnosis of the candidates' English language proficiency including the writing, reading, listening, and speaking abilities. Discussed below is the brief IELTS syllabus for the IELTS Academic option, as IELTS academic is commonly accepted across universities and colleges around the world:

IELTS Syllabus for Writing Test

Here, test-takers are asked to complete the IELTS writing test in about 150 words. In the IELTS Writing Task 1, candidates are asked to present information in their own words using data that they interpreted from a diagram, table, or graph. A word count of at least 250 words is required for the IELTS Writing Task 2, wherein all candidates will be asked to formulate a point of view, present an argument, justify an opinion, evaluate ideas, and so forth.

Total Questions: 2

Duration: 60 minutes 

IELTS Syllabus: Reading Section

For the IELTS reading test, candidates are advised to read at least three texts of general interest that deal with relevant topics. In the IELTS syllabus for the reading test, both the undergraduate and postgraduate reading modules include three passages and a set of forty questions. There are several question types in the IELTS reading test, such as multiple-choice, sentence completion, and short answer questions, that seek to identify data, match lists or phrases, and identify writers' opinions/attitudes.

Total Questions: 40 (Approximately)

Duration: 30 minutes

IELTS Syllabus: Listening Section

As you continue on to the IELTS listening section, you will notice that the first two conversations take place in relation to social needs, whereas the last two relate more closely to education. Every conversation lasts around 3 minutes. According to the IELTS listening section syllabus, the conversations could be either sermon or monologue or dialogues. Each conversation can only be heard once. Candidates will be required to answer various types of questions in the IELTS listening test, such as multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, note completions, sentence completions, and labelling diagrams. 

Total Questions: 40+ (Approximately)

Duration: 30 minutes

IELTS Syllabus: Speaking Section

In the IELTS speaking test, the general speaking skills of a candidate are emphasised and is designed to be similar to a structured interview. The candidate's knowledge and speaking skills are evaluated to see whether candidates will be able to successfully communicate with native English speakers in an English-speaking country.

Total Questions: 3 parts (one personal interview, one speech, and one discussion)

Duration: 11 to 14 minutes

If you wish to know the exact topics and subjects that need to be covered in the IELTS Syllabus, head on over to our Section-wise Syllabus for IELTS Academic Exam.

IELTS Preparation Tips 2022

It is important to familiarize yourself with the exact format of the IELTS exam before beginning the preparation process. It is important to understand the IELTS test before going over the content and determining the type of questions you can expect for each section. The best IELTS Preparation Tips are best learned by understanding the IELTS exam pattern and format.

There are official study guides and IELTS online preparation materials available from the British Council and IDP respectively. You can also contact the British Council for IELTS preparation classes. Alternatively, you can also choose to enrol in an IELTS coaching centre near you to improve your chances or obtaining high IELTS results.

5 Top Tips For IELTS Preparation 2022

Given below are some of the top tips you can use in your IELTS preparation and improve your chances of getting a good result in the IELTS score band:

Tip #1: Develop Your Writing Skills

Become more efficient at writing, especially by practicing it on a regular basis. Learning writing skills will prepare you for the IELTS writing task 2, which takes a relatively longer span of time to complete. While practicing, it is advisable to make notes of any new words you may have come across, while also using these new words to assemble new sentences.

Tip #2: Enhance Reading Skills

Reading and learning new words will also help you to express yourself in the right way. One of the best ways to secure a good score in the IELTS reading band score, listen to English news and read English newspapers every day, consistently. Keep a track of the time you take to complete the IELTS reading test as you would be required to offer rather long answers in a relatively short period.

Tip #3: Learn How to Listen

According to the IELTS listening test regulations, test-takers can only listen to any given recording once, therefore, practice focusing on not being distracted while also improving your listening skills to avoid having to pause the recording, thus, improving your chances of earning a good score on the IELTS listening band score. It is best to listen to the script again and note the useful expressions if you want to listen to the tape again.

Tip #4: Acquire fluency in the Pronunciation

One of the more important factors that can help you ace the tests is to focus on your pronunciation and practice talking in English for longer duration of time. To secure a good on the IELTS score band, it is important to become familiar with different topics by reading and listening to audio clips or reading materials so your overall language proficiency improves as well. A good suggestion to follow is to make a recording of yourself talking and learn your deficiencies and abundances.

Tip #5: Vocabulary-Building

Learning new words and putting them into context is a key skill necessary to developing your reading skills. You should read extensively to develop your vocabulary for the IELTS exam. Learn how to use new words in an appropriate sentence as you gain an improved vocabulary. Keep an eye out for new words in editorials and magazines.

IELTS Best Books 2022

English as a language is an obvious and necessary skill you need if you wish to get a good IELTS result. If you are not familiar with the fundamentals of the Englishl language, taking language classes at IELTS coaching centres would be the best way to improve your skills before taking this test. In contrast, students who prefer self-study will need to purchase a grammar book or a proper IELTS preparation book, along with useful software and CDs. By referring to the best books and resources of IELTS exams, you can get latest exam-cracking information on your fingertips.

5 Best Books for IELTS Exam in 2022

As a general guide, the following IELTS preparation books are highly recommended, especially if you are preparing for IELTS Academic tests this year:

  1. Cambridge Practice Tests for IELTS 1: IELTS Academic Practice Tests for Cambridge 1 includes four practice tests in addition to the General Training Reading and Writing papers. A description of different question types is included in the IELTS practice tests along with a discussion of the modules of the exam.

  2. IELTS Tutor Kit: The IELTS Tutor Kit comes with a 40 minute-CD material and a booklet. Using this kit correctly will provide students with over 100 hours of tutoring and the much needed IELTS coaching. It is designed to help non-English speakers succeed and score well on the IELTS score band. By providing tips and suggestions in a visual format, it provides students with a unique way to prepare for the IELTS examination.

  3. Cambridge Grammar for IELTS Student's Book with Answers and Audio CD: Currently, this exemplary book is the only guide designed to help aspirants of the IELTS exam in all areas as it bridges pivotal gaps in the learning materials available to the test-takers. This book covers all the crucial grammar topics that test-takers need to obtain a good IELTS result. This IELTS preparation book provides listening and self-discovery activities to reinforce them in context.

  4. Step Up to IELTS Personal Study Book with Answers: In this book, test-takers can find 60 hours worth of of teaching time devoted to covering the important IELTS exam skills for the Academic Training modules. Test-takers will receive the best tips on how to achieve the best results on the IELTS score band possible. In each unit of the book, test-takers will find IELTS practice tests that represent exam.

  5. The Cambridge IELTS Course Workbook: The contents of this IELTS preparation workbook covers the IELTS examination in great detail. Test-takers will be prepared for the updated IELTS Speaking test while also improving their vocabulary through the vast vocabulary-bvuilding activities. This IELTS preparation book is ideal to take up self-paced study using the recorded material as it also contains an answer key.

IELTS Practice Papers 2022

00Candidates should always strive to attend all probable IELTS Practice papers free of cost up to the day of the actual IELTS exam. When candidates take the IELTS examination or attempt IELTS mock tests papers, they will receive IELST results graded on a nine-band scale to indicate how proficient their English is, from non-users (band score 1) to experts (band score 9).

IELTS Practice Test: Why Should You Attempt it?

Using and studying with the help of reliable material is only half the battle won when it comes to IELTS preparation. Therefore, it is always recommended that test-talers attempt take as many IELTS Practice Tests as they can. By solving more IELTS practice papers, candidates would be able to enhance their grasp over the topic of the exam.

In order to be fully prepared for the latest IELTS exam format, candidates should familiarize themselves with the official website and practice the newest types of tasks for IELTS online, before comparing their answers with model solutions.

IELTS Practice Test: What to Do?

As the saying goes, "Practice makes perfect.", completing as many good IELTS practice tests as possible will ensure that a candidate is able to achievein achieving good score band in the IELTS exam. Practice tests for IELTS are simple to take. IELTS Practice Tests can be found online as a replica of the test at a test centre, which the candidates can either either use to complete the IELTS exam online over the course of an allotted time or download it to do the further practice. For you to get the feel of the actual test, you should time yourself and attempt IELTS mock tests within the test guidelines.

Test-takers can find both IELTS practice mock tests free of cost as well as and purchasable IELTS exam materials. However, Most of IELTS practice test material will be available for free, across different platforms.

It is recommended that candidates only consult the official website when searching for IELTS Practice Test papers. However, IELTS coaching centres can also offer good practice materials. The IELTS test is administered in India by the IDP, British Council, and Cambridge Assessment English. It is therefore recommended that candidates consult the official IDP, British Council, or Cambridge Assessment English websites for IELTS Practice Test material.

IELTS Question Papers 2022

One of the more important parameters to IELTS preparation is understanding how far along you have reached while studyihng the different topics under the IELTS exam preparation. Knowing where you stand can help you immenselve in moving forward with the rest of your IELTS preparation planning. As a result, it is recommended that you continue to attempt IELTS Question Papers on a regular basis. It will also assist you in preparing yourself for the IELTS exams and handle the different typs of questions asked on the day of the test effectively, without worrying.

Before each exam, test day personnel will deliver you the booklets and answer papers, which they will then collect before going on to the next IELTS test segment.

A good rule of thumb is to follow the exact rules and regulations followed during IELST exam days, in order to get an understanding of the environment and testing conditions, thus, preparing you extensively for the D-day. Among the rules and regulations that one must follow, you can complete the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections of the IELTS exam on paper with a pen or HB pencil.

If you are searching for IELTS practice test of question paper, it is always better to connect with study abroad specialists of faculty who have been helping students prepare for the test for several years. Their understanding of the IELTS exam, the types of questions usually seen, along with the best tips and tricks to increase your IELTS results will only be beneficial for you.

IELTS Results 2022

It typically takes between 3-5 days for the computer to deliver the IELTS results after the scheduled test date. The IELTS online test results portal can be accessed from the link provided by the test centre, so you can check your results online. On the same page, test-takers will find a table with explanations for the IELTS Results/Scores. According to current IELTS exam rules, test-takers can view the results for IELTS online for a span of 28 days.

How Do You Calculate IELTS Score Band?

The IELTS score calculator score would require you to take the mean (average) of the scores from all the IELTS exam sections, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The total score divided by four equals the IELTS score band.

We will round to the nearest half or whole IELTS score band if the average comes to a decimal point. For instance, if 0.25 is the average calculated IELTS band score, then the next half band would be used. In this way, your average score would be 4.25, which means your final IELTS score band would be 4.5. To take another example, if the average is less than 0.75, then the next unit of measurement will be applied. For instance, if you get a 5.75 band, you will be graded at 6.

IELTS Result Online Checking: How to do it?

IELTS score bands can be viewed online after completing the following steps:

Step 1: Go to the official website for IELTS India, i.e. IDP IELTS India.

Step 2: Click on the IELTS 'Results' link.

Step 3: Pick your IELTS exam date.

Step 4: Fill out all the relevant details (candidate number, ID number, date of birth) and submit the application.

IELTS Provisional Score Sheet

Upon completion of your test, you will have access to your provisional IELTS results online after 13 calendar days. It is important to note that provisional IELTS results are not considered as final IELTS scores, and screenshots or printed copies of the result page will not be accepted as an official IELTS result. If you received your IELTS TRF (Test Result Form) by mail, you will need to wait until it arrives to get your IELTS scores band. Currently, regulations allow candidates to view their preliminary IELTS results online for a span of 28 days.

What is the validity of IELTS Score?

A IELTS TRF (Test Result Form) is valid for a period of two years following the test date. In this period of two years, candidates can circulate or send their IELTS score bands to any number of universities where they wish to study. Universities and colleges abroad do not consider IELTS valid for admissions after two years since its issuance.

IELTS Exam Cut-Offs 2022

Designed for students of all levels, IELTS exam provides a means to measure a student's ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in English. The IELTS exam utilizes a score band system or scale of 1-9 for each of the four skills of the English language.

Candidates should be aware that the IELTS exam cut-off score differs for each college and programme that they wish to study abroad, and some universities and programmes may not even require IELTS results. The IELTS score band you earn is an essential factor when applying to a university abroad, looking for a job or even migrating to a country where English is considered the primary language of communicatiion.

IELTS Score Band

Let us get a glimpse of what each IELTS score band means:

  • An IELTS Score Band of "0" : No information to trace

  • An IELTS Score Band of "1": Non-user

  • An IELTS Score Band of "2": Inconsistent (or Intermittent)

  • An IELTS Score Band of "3": Extremely limited

  • An IELTS Score Band of "4": Uncertain (or Limited)

  • An IELTS Score Band of "5": Average (or Modest)

  • An IELTS Score Band of "6": Proficient (or Competent)

  • An IELTS Score Band of "7": Quite Good

  • An IELTS Score Band of "8": Excellent 

  • An IELTS Score Band of "9": Professional (or Expert)

IELTS Exam Cut-offs in Top Countries

In assessing a candidate's English proficiency, an IELTS score band is considered paramount. Here we have curated a list of the top English-speaking countries and the typical IELTS exam cut-offs specified by top universities situated in these countries:

The USA: Education in the US is among the best in the world, with universities like Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University, and more. Most universities in the United States require IELTS score band ranging between 6.5-7.5 bands (an IELTS exam cut-off at most universities is expected to be 7.0 score bands).

Canada: The Canadian authorities and universities are quite conservative when it comes to the IELTS exam cut-off. However, the immigration requirements are not that stringent and institutions and organisatons often accept an IELTS score band ranging between 6.5-7.0 bands (the IELTS exam cut-off at most universities is usually around 6.5 score band).

The UK: With its renowned universities such as the University of Oxford, Cambridge and more, the UK ranks second highest in the world in terms of high quality of education. The IELTS score band requirements usually witnessed in universities in the UK ranges between 6.5 to 7.5 score bands.

Australia: Among prospective international students, the reason behind choosing to Study in Australia is primarily motivated by the high quality of its education system and providers, personal safety, and excellent research and teaching opportunities. Typically, an IELTS score band ranging between 6.5-7.0 bands is accepted by universities across the country (IELTS exam cut-off at most universities in Australia is witnessed to be around 6.5 bands).

IELTS Exam Acceptance 2022

100% of Australian universities and UK universities accept IELTS scores bands as proof of English proficiency from non-native English speakers. In addition to this, the IELTS exam is accepted by 11,000 organisations in 140 countries across the world. Numerous institutions in English-speaking countries are included in this list of institutions accepting IELTS results, including many in the US.

List of Countries and Colleges Accepting IELTS Results  

An overview of top universities that accept IELTS results worldwide can be found here:

The USA:  Some of the best universities in the US consistently rank highly in world university rankings, making it one of the most prestigious countries in the world. A unique aspect of American institutions is that they have high academic standards, adhere to rigorous educational practices to maintain quality, and are well-supported, both financially and infrastructure-wise to offer a high-quality education to their students.

Some of the top universities in the USA that accept an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0 bands include the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, etc. However, non-native English-speaking international students can get into a US University with a minimum IELTS score band of 6.0.

The UK: Universities in the UK are recognized internationally for providing creative and challenging environments that encourage students to achieve their highest potential. In terms of international rankings, they're generally ranked high across different academic areas, with especially across different research topics and disciplines.

Some of the top universities in the UK that accept an IELTS score band of 6.0 bands or above include the Imperial College London, King’s College London, University College London, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, etc. The minimum IELTS result required for admissions of non-English speaking international students in UK universities is usually around an IELTS score band of 6.0.

Canada: Canadian universities and colleges are considered to be among the best in the world, often ranking among the top 3 study-abroad destinations in the world among prospective international students. Canada is home to a large number of highly renowned post-secondary schools that provide both technical and professional training to students across several different disciplines.

Among the top universities in Canada that accept an IELTS score band of 6.5 bands or above include the Acadia University, HEC Montreal, McGill University, McMaster University, Royal Roads University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Victoria University and many more. A minimum IELTS score band of 6.0 is required to apply to Canadian universities as a non-English speaking interntional student.

Australia: In terms of international education standards, Australia has set the bar high. A network of prestigious educational providers, world-class facilities, outstanding lecturers, and student support services make up the Australian educational sector. An international student-oriented education system was designed and has been continuously refined over time.

The list of top universities in Australia that accept an IELTS score band of 6.5 bands or above include the Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Technology (Sydney), University of Western Australia and many more. Similar to other locations, a minimum of 6.0 IELTS band score is required to apply as a non-English speaking international student in Australian universities.

Germany: For hundreds of years, German universities have been regarded as some of the leading universities in the world. Germany has been a leading study-abroad destination among international students because its courses either have little to comparatively inexpensive tuition fees as well as an comparatively inexpensive cost of living among the top study abroad destinations.

Among the top universities in Germany that accept an IELTS score band of 5.5 bands or above include Bielefeld University, Dusseldorf University, Hamburg University of Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University of Bonn, University of Marburg, University of Rostock and more.

Since German universities offer English-taught programmes to international students, international students who's primary language is any other language except English, may be required to present a minimum IELTS score band of 5.5.

Is It Possible to Migrate Based on IELTS Academic Results?

The IELTS Academic and General Training versions are two completely different tests with two totally different purposes. Despite the fact that some organizations may accept academic results instead of general training, the decision of accepting which of the two IELTS exams lies in their hands. To check whether you can migrate based your IELTS exam score, specifically your IELTS academic score, you must connect with the relevant authorities.

IELTS Exam Scholarships 2022

The British Council provides IELTS exam Scholarships to deserving students from low-income households who wish to study abroad. The value of an IELTS scholarship can range between GBP 10,000 and GBP 20,000. To be eligible for this IELTS exam scholarship, test-takers must have obtained a minimum IELTS score band of 6.5 bands, in the least.

The British Council IELTS Scholarship is only available for Indian test-takers. This IELTS scholarship for Indian students have been designed to assist prospective international candidates in pursuing their dream undergraduate or postgraduate studies at any one of the top universities in the world.

British Council IELTS Award 2022

For students aspiring to study in English-speaking countries, the British Council IELTS scholarship 2022 is available. A total of INR 3,00,000 will be given to eight students to help cover their tuition fees abroad.

Eligibility for the British Council IELTS Award

Candidates must meet British Council IELTS Award eligibility requirements, same as they must fulfill IELTS eligibility criteria. Candidates must meet the following conditions in order to be considered for an IELTS scholarship:

  • IELTS should be considered as part of the entrance requirements at the chosen institution or college.

  • Candidates must have recently taken the IELTS test at a designated IELTS exam centre.

  • Candidates must be Indian citizens.

  • The British Council requires an overall IELTS score band of 6.0 to be considered eligible for the IELTS scholarship.

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IELTS Coaching Centres

Considering the high demand and acceptance of the IELTS exams all over the world, it is safe to assume that thousands of students try to secure a good IELTS score band. However, a test-taker’s IELTS results is heavily dependent on their preparation for the test. While many are successful in clearing the IELTS exam studying on their own, one of the best tried and tested method for IELTS preparation is enrolling oneself in an IELTS coaching center.

It should be noted that there are several coaching centers for IELTS across India, offering IELTS online coaching classes as well as offline coaching classes. However, regardless of the mode of teaching, a great IELTS coaching centre would offer you the following services and support:

  • Connect you with experienced IELTS faculty.

  • Help you create your own Personalised Study Plan keeping your commitments and timeline in mind.

  • Offer individualised evaluation session sessions to gauge how far along the IELTS preparation process you are.

  • Give you additional classes and result-oriented strategies to better enhance your IELTS preparation.

  • Offer you customised question bands and quizzes to enhance your aptitude for the test among other features.

IELTS Conducting Body

The IELTS exan is jointly owned and administered by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. However, recently, the British Council sold its hold over the test over to IDP India, who will now become the sole IELTS exam administrator in India.

With operations in more than 100 countries, the British Council is a public cooperation governed by the Royal Charter. It is an executive non-departmental public body aimed at building connections and trust between people in the UK and other countries. It supports them to learn English, get a high-quality education and obtain globally-recognized qualifications.

IDP offers international education services and has an IELTS network that spans more than 450 test locations across over 50 countries. Established in 1969, IDP is 50% owned by universities in Australia.

Lastly, Cambridge Assessment English is one of the main exam boards forming Cambridge Assessment which is a non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge. Apart from the IELTS, it develops and produces Cambridge English qualifications.

FAQs on IELTS 2022 Overview

Is there any fee to appear for IELTS?

Yes, all interested applicants are required to pay a registration fee to appear in IELTS, which should be paid at the time of registration. The one time IELTS registration fee in India is Rs 14,700.

Is IELTS on computer more expensive than IELTS on paper?

The test for both IELTS on computer and IELTS on paper are the same, i.e. Rs. 14,700 as of October 2021.

What is the difference between IELTS academics and IELTS general training test?

The IELTS Academic Test is designed for students applying for higher education or professional courses whereas the IELTS General Training is beneficial for those applying for immigration, work experience or training in a country where the medium of communication is English.

Should I take IELTS on computer or IELTS on paper?

You can choose to take the IELTS test in either of the two formats, i.e. on computer and on paper, based on your convenience. Ensure to check the availability of the test centre as the IELTS on paper test is conducted at limited centres.

Is IELTS an online exam?

IELTS is conducted in both online and offline mode. Currently, as a result of pandemic, the applicants will be able to appear for the test from the comfort and safety of their homes.

What are the types of IELTS?

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are the two major types of IELTS currently conducted across the globe.

Is IELTS a paper-based test?

Yes, IELTS is conducted as a paper-based test, alongside being conducted as a Computer-Based test. Currently, the IELTS test is also conducted online as a result of the pandemic. Applicants can attempt the test from the comfort of their homes, for a limited time period.

Is computer-delivered IELTS available on demand?

No, computer-delivered IELTS is not available on demand and registration for computer-delivered IELTS is the same as for paper-based IELTS.

Who delivers IELTS in India?

In India, IELTS is delivered by IDP. On July 25, 2021, IDP would be the sole distributor of the IELTS.

What is IELTS required for?

IELTS is a test that measures the English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers.

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