IELTS – International English Language Testing System – designed to measure English language proficiency of the candidate and to ensure that the candidate has sufficient communication skills and is ready to begin study or work in an environment where English is used. IELTS certification is recognised by schools, universities, immigration authorises and professional organisations in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

About the Test

There are two different test version – Academic and General Training. Based on the requirement one can choose the version. Both the versions assess all four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. While, listening and speaking tests are same for both the versions Reading and Writing tests are based on academic and general training requirement. Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done on the same day one-after the other without a break. Speaking test may be taken within 7 days either before or after the test date.

Test Evaluation

Language proficiency is evaluated on a scale of 1-9 (non-user to expert). One receives an overall score and individual score for all four skills. Required proficiency level may vary based on the requirement of the individual professional or government registration bodies.

The IELTS exam has four subsections:

IELTS Listening test –  The test lasts for about 30 minutes. It consists of four sections, played on cassette tape, in order of increasing difficulty. Each section might be a dialogue or a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions for each section must be answered while listening, although time is given for students to check their answers.

IELTS Reading test – This test lasts for 60 minutes. Students are given an Academic Reading test, or a General Training Reading test. Both tests consist of three sections, and in both tests the sections are in order of increasing difficulty.

IELTS Writing test – This test lasts for 60 minutes. Students must perform two writing tasks, which require different styles of writing. There is no choice of question topics.

IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one interview with a specially trained examiner. The interview is recorded and has three separate parts:
An introduction and interview, an individual long turn where the candidate speaks for one or two minutes on a particular topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long turn. This interview will last for approximately 10-15 minutes.

IELTS is jointly owned and managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education Australia. IELTS assessment material are written by international teams of writers from different English-speaking countries, so the content reflects real-life situations and situations around you.

You will need an Academic test band score to enrol for an undergraduate or graduate degree where the teaching is in English

There is no minimum score required to pass the Academic tests. You will be graded with band scores ranging from 1 to 9 for each of the four parts of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

After the examination, you will be given a total score in whole or half bands, e.g. 6.5 or 8.0. Essentially, band 1 indicates non-speakers, while band score 9 means an expert level of competence. Band 6 corresponds to a ’competent user’, who generally has an effective command of the English language.


The IELTS band score scale is as follows:

9      –   Expert user

8     –    Very good user

7     –     Good user

6     –     Competent user

5     –     Modest user

4     –     Limited user

3     –     Extremely limited user

2     –     Intermittent user

1     –     Non user

0     –    Did not attempt the test

Universities, colleges, governments and employers around the world require different levels of English depending on their profile and objectives. It is therefore necessary you talk to Ulearn about the course you wish to take. Ulearn will help you assess your current English level and guide you to attain a good level to be eligble for good universities in the UK.

The IELTS Academic test scores are valid for two years from the day you receive your results.

The international test
IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, texts and tasks are sourced from publications from all over the English-speaking world; a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, British etc.) are used in the Listening test; and all standard varieties of English are accepted in test takers’ written and spoken response

Undergraduate English language entrance requirements

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level. Some programmes require a higher level of English Language competency than the minimum requirement indicated, you can view further details on specific programme requirements or contact Ulearn to know more about IELTS requirements for your course.

Undergraduate Level – 5.5 IELTS

Postgraduate English language entrance requirements

Postgraduate Level – 6.5 IELTS


  • IELTS 4.5 with 12 week pre-sessional  (with no component below 4.0)
  • IELTS 5.0 with 6 week pre-sessional   (with no component below 4.5)
  • IELTS 5.5    (with no component below 5.5)
  • High School Certificate or equivalent from home country

Entry Requirements – IIM (International Incorporated Masters)

15 months – One Term
  • IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5)

18 months – Two Term

  • IELTS 4.5 with 12 week pre-sessional (with no component below 4.0)
  • IELTS 5.0 with 6 week pre-sessional (with no component below 4.5)
  • IELTS 5.5 (with no component below 5.5)
  • Undergraduate degree or higher level diploma from home country


UK Visa requirements

All international students who want to study in the UK are required to get a student visa (Tier 4). This type of visa is only available to full-time university students pursuing a degree in the UK, and not short-term or language courses.

Know more about UK Visa requirements


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