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IELTS Coaching - Frequently asked questions

International English Language Testing System is the world’s most popular English Language proficiency Test for higher education and global migration. Four set of skills are tested in IELTS. They are Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Some of the frequently asked questions are as follows:
1. Who can take IELTS?
Those who are planning to undertake higher education or university studies, work or immigration purposes abroad will take IELTS.

2. What should I take Academic or General Module?
Academic Module is taken by people planning to go abroad for higher studies. General Module is for work or immigration purpose.

3. What’s the difference between Academic and General IELTS
Academic Module and General Module differs in Reading and Writing Task 1.

4. Where is it accepted ?
It is accepted mainly in the academic institutions in UK, Canada , Australia , Singapore , New Zealand and government agencies and immigration departments all over the world.

5. Is the exam conducted in one day?
Listening, Reading & Writing is conducted in one day. Speaking Test is within a week that is 7 days either before or after the test date.

6. Can I use a pen for the Listening and Reading Test?
No, you must use a pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.

7. What if I lose my Test Report Form?
Test Report form are valid for 2 years. Copies will be sent to your embassy or institution. Up to 5 copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge.

8. When can I re-take my exam?
You can take your exam as soon as you feel you are ready to write again as there is no restrictions. The result from the last test will always be counted.

9. Can I change in between from Academic to General Module?
Yes, by paying a sum of Rs 2500 ( subject to change) in addition to the Test amount in the form of Demand Draft you can do so.

10. How to register for my exam?
You can register for your tests with British Council or IDP by making the required payment and sending the documents.

11. Is there any age limit for taking IELTS Exam?
There is no age limit, but however it is not recommended under the age of 16.

12. Am I eligible to get a refund in case of not attending the exam?
Not in all the case but if you are suffering with serious illness and if you could provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will get a refund minus some local administrative charges.

13. Can I apply for Abroad studies without IELTS?
Yes, Some of the UK and Australian Universities would consider giving you an offer if you have scored above 75% in your 10th and 12th English papers. But if you are planning for UK you will have to attend a Skype interview too.

In the case of Canada surely you need IELTS to apply for SPP colleges.

14. Can I apply for Abroad studies with a score of 5.5?
There is a chance to apply with 5.5 by taking up pre-sessional course in UK before the main degree course starts. Pre-sessional course will be started 3 months before the main course.

15. What is pre-sessional course?
Depending upon your IELTS score (a minimum of 4.0 in all the modules and an overall of 4.5) you can attend a short term English course in UK which might take around 4 weeks or 6 weeks or 8 weeks or 12 weeks. A separate fee is payable for attending pre-sessional course.

16. What can I take to study Abroad (IELTS or TOEFL or GMAT)?
IELTS is accepted worldwide whereas GMAT is preferred by some elite MBA schools and depends on the University and course.

17. What’s difference in taking IELTS & TOEFL ?
The TOEFL is an internet based test and IELTS is a paper based test. One of the main differences is the Speaking. In the TOEFL , the test taker speaks into a microphone , but during the IELTS , the test taker speaks face-to-face with an examiner. It also depends upon the criteria in the colleges and universities.

18. How do I check the availability of IELTS dates with BC and IDP Australia ?

19. How do I compare IELTS, PTE and TOEFL score?
Use the link -

20. My friend has gone to UK without IELTS. Why should I take IELTS?
May be he would have got 75% in his 10th and 12th English papers and would have got visa a few years ago. Nowadays Universities prefer applications with good IELTS scores and usually you will not be called for an interview by UKBA if you had a good IELTS score.

21. Can I get visa easily if I take good IELTS score?
Yes, not only your IELTS scores but you also have to perform well in your visa interview. IELTS is only a tool for them to know your language competency.

22. I am preparing IELTS myself. How can I take IELTS mock test?
Refer to the link -

23. What to do to take a score of 7.0?
One has to practice regularly and with good training and practice one can definitely achieve the desired score.

24. What are the procedures to take up a test with British Council?
You have to apply online and pay the exam fees within 10 days and intimate a copy of the challan to British Council in Chennai. A week before the exam you will be intimated about your place of exam in the location you have selected. For further details contact CampusUK team.

25. What are the items I should carry on the day of attending IELTS test ?
On the day of the exam you should take your original passport. Also take 2 color photocopies of the front and back of the passport and your hall ticket along with your writing materials.

26. What should I not take to the exam hall?
You should not take mobile phones, wrist watches, sunglasses, car keys & any electronic devices that has Bluetooth or Infrared features.

All these must be kept outside the test venue at the security counter and should be collected at the end of the test before leaving the test centre.

27. What are the items I require for making IELTS application for registering IELTS test ?
Only your passport is enough to register for IELTS Exam.

Also have a look at:
IELTS Students Testimonials
IELTS Preparation
Frequently asked questions
Common mistakes by students while taking IELTS test
Preparation Required on the IELTS test taking day
Tips and Techniques for improving IELTS - Reading
Tips and Techniques for improving IELTS - Writing
Tips and Techniques for improving IELTS - Speaking
Tips and Techniques for improving IELTS - Listening
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