Frequently Asked Questions about IELTS

Frequently Asked IELTS Questions

Questions and answers to the most
commonly asked IELTS questions.

IELTS FAQ

Answers to common questions about IELTS preparation and the IELTS exam.

IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is an exam to judge English language ability. It is accepted by institutes of higher education and immigration authorities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Universities in the UK will not be able to issue you a final offer without a valid IELTS score.

Over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies, accept IELTS.

The test has four parts; listening, reading, writing and speaking and lasts three hours. Listening takes place first and lasts 40 minutes, then reading and writing (one hour each) and speaking which last up to 15 minutes.

There are two versions of IELTS, General and Academic. If applying to a university, a student will need to take Academic lessons. If only taking IELTS for a citizenship application or to study at below degree level, the General test is suitable. If you are unsure, academic covers both study and immigration needs. The format for both exams is the same, with the reading and writing elements slightly easier in the General test.

For an undergraduate degree, a minimum IELTS score of 6 is generally required, while at postgraduate level, this rises to 6.5. For specialist courses such as medicine, students will need a score of 7.0. Each university and course is different though, so research what is needed before applying.

When you should take the exam and how long you need to prepare depends on your current ability. It is advisable however that you begin preparation lessons two months before your exam date. To learn your current IELTS score, take a practice test.

In the UK, IELTS exams are held every Saturday throughout the year, and can be booked as late as a week before the intended exam date. It is advisable to book well in advance though as spaces fill up quickly, especially during July and August.

You can take a practice test at our Language Centre’s in London and Manchester. The test will last 90 minutes and covers all four parts of the IELTS exam. You will receive your results within 48 hours.

This depends on your current level and the score you wish to achieve. To improve your IELTS score by 1 point, the average student will need to take ten lessons at SI-UK’s Language Centre, as well as complete homework assignments.

You will receive your results two weeks after you take the exam.

Your IELTS score is valid for two years after your test.

Yes. Your offer will be conditional on achieving a specific IELTS score. If you do not reach the required IELTS score, the university can remove its offer.

Even if your English is of a high level, you will still need a score which can only be achieved by taking the IELTS exam. The writing part of the exam in particular has very specific requirements for students to meet and learning specific strategies and techniques with teachers will help you reach your goals.

All of our teachers are highly qualified native English speakers with 25 years experience teaching English to international students.

Yes. One of the key differences at SI-UK compared to other language schools is our small class sizes; a maximum of four students in Manchester and nine in London.

SI-UK provide a flexible timetable to students wishing to study IELTS. We are open six days per week, and students can select their own schedule.

Each week you will be sent a weekly plan with an outline of the topics covered in the lessons to help you decide when to attend. For example, if you specifically want to practice academic writing you can attending a designated writing class on Tuesday or Friday.

SI-UK offer a wide variety of lessons for students of all levels and ability, including:

Each week you will be sent a weekly plan with an outline of the topics covered in the lessons to help you decide when to attend. For example, if you specifically want to practice academic writing you can attending a designated writing class on Tuesday or Friday.

IELTS for UKVI is the requirement for visa and study for international students to study at a course at a particular level of the programme. The content and formats are the same as normal IELTS Academic is the same as normal IELTS, the only difference is that UKVI is a bit more expensive and must be taken in a specific UKVI test centre, which offer only limited exam timetable. To check which exam you should take, contact your counsellor today.

Contact SI-UK and begin your path towards hitting your target IELTS score!

The IELTS class is a very effective way of preparing yourself for the IELTS test. I learned to use my English in new ways.
Louise Karlsson
Sweden

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