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General Information on IELTS

  • ▪  IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System
  • ▪  IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication
  • ▪  IELTS is recognized by universities, employers, professional bodies and immigration authorities in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA
  • ▪  IELTS is jointly administered by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.
  • ▪  It is a comprehensive test that covers the four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • ▪  The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes
  • ▪  The Speaking test may take place a day or two before or later at some centers while listening,reading and writing tests are held on the same day.



READING60 minutes
WRITING60 minutes
LISTENING30 minutes
SPEAKING11-14 minutes

Information on IELTS Versions

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:

IELTS Academic

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English speaking countries is based on the results of the Academic test.

General Training

This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

Information on individual modules


  • General reading
  • It requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.
  • These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment
  • Academic reading
  • It includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • These texts are suitable for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.


  • General writing
  • Task 1 – Write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation presented in the topic. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
  • Task 2 – Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
  • Academic writing
  • Task 1 – Explain the information presented in a graph, table, chart or diagram in your own words
  • Task 2 – Write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.


You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.

  • Section 1 – A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Section 2 – A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Section 3 – A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Section 4 – A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture.


  • Part 1 – General Questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. (4 – 5 minutes)
  • Part 2 – Talking about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test. (4 – 5 minutes)
  • Part 3 – Answer further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. (4 – 5 minutes)

What is the specialization of Hurray’s training?

  • Hurray’s training program includes explanations, practice sessions, assisted reviews and mock tests in all the modules
  • Best faculty and resources who apart from imparting best training helps each student with efficient time management,  problem solving and strategy sessions to give our students the best training
  • Hands-on classroom sessions that help improvise your writing and speaking skills
  • Customized study material to suit the needs of students
  • Proven success rate and state-of-the-art infrastructure

• Total Duration for IELTS-60 hours.
• Duration of Each Class (Weekdays): 2 1/2-3 hours per class.
• Weekend Batches: 4-5 hours.

• Introduction to all the modules of IELTS -Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

• Listening Practice for 12-15 passages
• Reading Test practice for 12-15 passages.
• Writing Test for both Test 1 and Test 2 practices- 15 topics for Students Classwork. • One to One Speaking is practiced with each student

• After 15 classes 5 Mock Tests would be given.
• Duration -Weekdays( 6 weeks) Weekdays: 2 and1/2 hours per class.

Monday-Thursday (9am -11.30am) (6.30pm – 9pm)

Weekends-7 -8 weekends (9.30 am -2pm on Saturdays and Sundays)

Crash Courses also available

Frequently Asked Questions About IELTS:

‘What is IELTS?’.

‘IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting one million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.’

‘Which organisations accept IELTS?’.

‘IELTS is accepted by more than 7000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. ‘

‘Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?’.

‘IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.’

‘Why are there two versions of the test?’.

‘IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.’

‘Which version of IELTS should I do?’.

‘Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.’

‘What is the IELTS test format and how long will it take?’.

‘IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (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 IELTS tests.’

‘What help is available for disabled candidates to give IELTS?’.

‘Test centres make every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates. It is the aim for all candidates to be assessed fairly and objectively. If you have a special need, talk to your local test centre when registering. Centres may need three months to organise arrangements.’

‘When can I take IELTS?’.

‘IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand.’

‘How much does it cost to give IELTS Examination?’.

‘IELTS has a set fee for its test. The Academic and General IELTS Training tests are the same cost. When you apply online, you will be told the fee.’

‘Is the IELTS test completed in one day?’.

‘The IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.’

‘ Can I bring into the IELTS examination room?’.

‘Only pens, pencils and erasers can be brought to the IELTS examination room. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS .Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or keep it on you, you will be disqualified.’.

‘Which part do I take first in the IELTS test?’.

‘In the IELTS test you do the Listening test first followed by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.’

‘What kinds of accents can be heard in the IELTS Listening tests?’.

‘As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.’

‘Does the IELTS Listening tape provide instructions and pauses?’.

‘Yes. At the beginning, of the IELTS listening test you hear instructions and a sample question. Then you read section 1 questions, listen to section 1 and answer the questions.’

‘Is there a similar period of 10 minutes in the IELTS Reading test to transfer answer?’.

‘No. The IELTS Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time.’

‘Can I use a pen for the IELTS Listening and Reading tests?’.

‘No. You must do it in pencil. The answer sheet of IELTS is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.’

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