IELTS Exam 2017 – Dates, Test Pattern and Registration

International English Language Testing System (IELTS Exam) is an international level test conducted to evaluate candidate’s English Proficiency. IELTS Test is jointly conducted by British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). People want to pursue education or working opportunities in English Speaking countries have to take the IELTS 2017 exam. IELTS Exam scores are accepted by more than 9,000 organizations worldwide including schools, Universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS exam 2017 evaluates the aspirant’s English proficiency in 4 parameters: Listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS 2017 Test is conducted in two versions: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Here we have provided all the information about IELTS 2017 exam like test dates, test centers, eligibility criteria, registration, result etc. To get complete information regarding the IELTS exam, go through this article.

Difference Between  IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training

S.No. IELTS Test Version Purpose
1 IELTS Academic Study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level, join a professional organization in an English-speaking country
2 IELTS General Training Study at below degree level, work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country emigrate to an English-speaking country

Brief About IELTS Exam

S.No. Exam Details Specifications
1 Exam Name International English Language Testing System
2 Commonly Known As IELTS
3 Exam Type International Level
4 Conducting Institute British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

IELTS Exam Eligibility Criteria

There are no specific eligibility criteria for IELTS set by the conducting authorities. Any candidates can take the IELTS. IELTS Academic score is accepted by Universities or Institutions in English Speaking countries. They offer the admissions to undergraduate or post graduate courses on the basis of IELTS Result. IELTS Academic scores are also accepted by organizations in English Speaking countries. Candidates are advised to check the IELTS Eligibility Criteria for Universities or Organisations they wish to study or work with.

IELTS Application Form

IELTS Application Form is available online. Candidates want to take the test have to fill the application form online on the official website of IELTS. Candidates have to fill the exam date as well as exam center where they wish to appear for the exam while filing the application form. Aspirants must select the date of exam keeping in mind the admission date of the University or Institute for which he/she is applying.

To fill the IELTS Application Form, candidates have to follow these below steps:

  • Firstly, visit the official website of IELTS.
  • Read all the information provided there and choose the format of IELTS Test.
  • After that check the available dates for the exam.
  • Then register online for the test.
  • After filling all the information in the application form, pay the application fee through debit card, credit card or demand draft.
  • Send all the documents to the exam center.
  • Select five Universities to which you want to send your IELTS Score.

IELTS Exam Dates

IELTS Test Dates 2017 may vary according to IELTS Test version. IELTS Test is conducted in two formats: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test dates for both the versions may vary. Candidates can register for both the formats by filling the IELTS Application Form. IELTS is conducted four times in a month over 125 countries. This test is mainly conducted on Saturdays and Thursdays. Candidates can see all the specific dates on the official website.

How To Check IELTS Test Dates 2017??

  • Firstly click on the link given below or visit the official website of IELTS.
  • Then click on the Register For IELTS.
  • Fill all the details to get register for IELTS.
  • After that, select the date from the box on which you want to appear for the test.
  • Now select the test center and test format you want to apply for.
  • Then click on the Find Button.
  • After that, the next page will show you all the available test dates on your screen. Select the date according to your convenience and click on Apply.

IELTS Exam Pattern

IELTS Exam Pattern is graded on the IELTS 9-Band Scale b y the conducting bodies. This exam is conducted in two versions that are IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Both of these versions have 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Listening and speaking components are same in both the versions while reading and writing components are different for both the versions that are IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The total time duration of the test is 2 Hours and 45 Minutes. Listening, writing and reading tests are done in one sitting only while speaking test can be taken on the same day or within 7 days before or after the test.

IELTS Test Pattern

S.No. Componants Duration Description
1 Listening 30 Minutes 4 sections
2 Reading 60 Minutes 3 sections
3 Writing 60 Minutes 2 Task
4 Speaking 11-14 Minutes 3 Part One-on-one Conversation

IELTS Exam Syllabus

IELTS Syllabus is designed by the conducting authorities of the IELTS. The syllabus for both the versions of IELTS: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training has four sections namely Listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS result is scored on the 9-band scale. We have provided the syllabus for both versions of IELTS. To get complete syllabus of IELTS Test, click on the link.

IELTS Result

IELTS Result is made available after the 13 calendar days from the IELTS exam date. Candidates can check the result online which are declared by British Council and IDP. To check the result candidate have o enter the required details like Candidate number, ID number, and date of birth. The IELTS Result is available for 40 days only. After 40 days, candidates system will not show the result. IELTS Scores are graded on 9-band range. There is no pass or fail in the IELTS result.

IELTS Band Score

Band Score Level Meaning
Band 9 Expert user Fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8 Very good user Fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7 Good user Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate, and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands the detailed reasoning.
Band 6 Competent user Generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate, and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5 Modest user Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
Band 4 Limited user Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has a frequent problem in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3 Extremely limited user Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 2 Intermittent user No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1 Non-user Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0 Did not attempt to test No assessable information provided.

IELTS Selection Procedure

There is no specific selection procedure for any organization as selection procedure varies from organization to organization.Every organization sets its own entry requirements while in some cases both IELTS versions are accepted. Candidates should score at least above 6 band score to qualify for most of the organizations. If a candidate is willing to get admission in world’s top institutes then he/she must score above 7 band score.


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