International English Language Testing System

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular high stakes English language test. It is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

The purpose of IELTS can be taken for Study abroad, Immigration or to Work abroad

  • Training types for IELTS :

General training


Accredited for daily use of language and is mostly applicable in cases of immigration

Usually taken by students planning for education abroad or professionals who are exploring work opportunities overseas.

  • Test format

There are four modules for IELTS:

The total test time is 2 hours 45 minutes.

IELTS Listening test
(30 minutes)

You will have to listen to four recordings and then answer the questions asked. The recordings are of native English speakers and the duration of the test is 30 minutes.

IELTS Reading test
(60 minutes)

The IELTS Reading test requires you to answer 40 questions and is designed to test you on an array of reading skills. You would have to read for gist, main ideas, details, logical arguments, skimming, and figuring out the writers’ attitudes, opinions and intentions.

IELTS Writing test
(60 minutes)

The IELTS Writing test requires you to complete two tasks and covers topics of general interest based on the module you are taking.

IELTS Speaking Test
(11-14 minutes)

The IELTS Speaking test assesses your spoken English skills. The test is recorded and conducted in three parts.

The Listening and Speaking tests remain same for both, Academic and General. However, questioning differs in case of the Reading and Writing tests.

Academic Reading would include extracts from books, journals, newspapers and magazines appropriate for people seeking education or professional accreditation abroad whereas General Training Reading comprises of extracts from books, magazines and handbooks that one may encounter in day-to-day life in an English speaking culture.

Academic Reading involves two tasks – one explaining data, graphs or charts and the other asking views and arguments on a formal level. General Training Reading involves one letter writing task which may be formal or informal and an essay writing task expressing views in a fairly personal style.

In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test.

  • You are given some time to read your questions before you start any part of the Listening test

  • You have two minutes to review your answers after finishing the Listening test

  • Duration of the Listening test is approx. 30 – 36 minutes

  • Types of test

IELTS is delivered via two mediums:

IELTS on computer

IELTS on paper

Take your IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing test on computer. Choose your own test date – up to 7 days a week and 3 times a day.

Take your IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing test on paper. Choose from up to 4 test dates a month or 48 dates available throughout the year.


Pearson Test of English

The Pearson Test of English is an English language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non – native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world. It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions.

Why PTE?

It’s a set out to change language testing. English language and assessment with the power and speed of technology, to help peoples get fast, accurate, objective results.

  • Machine scoring which is accurate, fast, objective scores

  • The first completely computer-based English test

  • Test ‘international’ English, not just British or American

  • Practice tests for maximum confidence on test day

  • Convenient, friendly test centres

  • Send students’ scores as often as they like – for free.

  • Structure

Here is the detailed paper pattern:



PTE Academic

Speaking & Writing

54 – 67 minutes

  • Personal Introduction

  • Read Aloud

  • Repeat sentence

  • Describe image

  • Re-tell lecture

  • Answer short question

  • Summarise written text (10 mins)

  • Essay (20mins)


29 – 30 minutes

  • Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Reading: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • A 10-minute break is optional


30 – 43 minutes

  • Summarise spoken text

  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

  • Fill the blanks

  • Highlight the correct summary

  • Multiple choices, choose a single answer

  • Select missing word

  • Highlight incorrect words

  • Write from dictation


Test of English as a Foreign Language

is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by more than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 190 countries and territories. TOEFL is one of several major English-language tests in the world, others including IELTS, Cambridge Assessment English and Trinity College London exams. TOEFL official score reports which are sent independently to institutions and are valid for two years following the test.

  • TOEFL iBT Test – Internet Based Test



Approximate time


3-4 passages, each containing 10 questions

54–72 minutes


5-7 passages, each containing 5–6 questions

41–57 minutes


Mandatory break

10 minutes


4 tasks

17 minutes


2 tasks

50 minutes

One of the sections of the test will include extra, uncounted material. Educational Testing Service includes extra material to pilot test questions for future test forms. When test-takers are given a longer section, they should give equal effort to all of the questions because they do not know which question will count and which will be considered extra.

  • TOEFL Paper Delivered Test

The TOEFL paper-based Test (PBT) was still available in limited areas until 2017, when it was replaced by the Paper-delivered test. Scores are valid for two years after the test date, and test takers can have their scores sent to institutions or face time.

  1. Listening (30 – 40 minutes)

The Listening section consists of 3 parts. The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations. The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations. The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks. Harder questions are worth two scores.

  1. Structure and Written Expression (25 minutes)

The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors. Harder questions are worth two scores.

  1. Reading Comprehension (55 minutes)

The Reading Comprehension sections has 50 questions about reading passages. Harder questions are worth two scores.

  1. Writing (30 minutes)

The TOEFL PBT administrations include a writing test called the Test of Written English (TWE).

This is one essay question with 250–300 words on average.


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