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What is IELTS? – International English Language Testing System

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IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work & migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test.

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The IELTS test assesses students in 4 areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Interestingly, the test doesn’t have a pass or fail system.

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 You will be ranked on a scale from 0 to 9, 9 being an expert user in English. Depending on the reason for you taking the test (career, living in a foreign country, studying), you will be needing a certain score. In the UK for a general Tier 4 Student Visa, you’ll need to achieve a 5.5 overall and in each of the four areas that you are tested.

What is LSRW in IELTS ?

The IELTS Listening test will take about 30 minutes, and you will have an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. … Listen to the instructions for each section of the test carefully. Answer all of the questions. There are 40 questions altogether. Each question carries one mark.

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In the Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified examiner. It will be interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. The Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts. … The Speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.

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Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there are a total of 40 questions to answer. … The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are graded to the same level.

IELTS Academic Writing Practice Tests . The Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long. There are two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style.

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Do you want to know what Wikipedia says about IELTS?

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TypeStandardized test (either computer- or paper-based). Available in 2 modules: “Academic” and “General training”. The IELTS test partners also offer IELTS Life Skills, a speaking and listening test used for UK Visas and Immigration.
Developer / administratorBritish Council, IDP Education, Cambridge Assessment English.
Knowledge / skills testedListening, reading, writing and speaking of the English language.
PurposeTo assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers.
Year started1980; 40 years ago
DurationListening: 40 minutes (including 10-minute transfer time in paper-based test),
Reading: 60 minutes,
Writing: 60 minutes,
Speaking: 11–14 minutes.
Total: 2 hours, 55 minutes.
Score / grade range0 to 9, in 0.5 band increments.
Score / grade validity2 years
OfferedUp to 4 times a month. Up to 48 times a year
Countries / regionsMore than 1,200 test centers in over 140 countries
Annual number of test takers Over 3 million in 2020
Prerequisites / eligibility criteriaNo official prerequisite. Intended for non-native English speakers.
FeeTo find out the test fee in local currency local center / India – Tamil Nadu – Trichy / Thillainagar / +91 73050 69058
Scores / grades used byMore than 10,000 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 140 countries
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WHAT is the Difference between IELTS Academic & General Module?  

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  • U2CAN provides online coaching across the states for IELTS. It is the best IELTS online coaching center.

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How to prepare for IELTS?

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  • Best IELTS online coaching
  • Training by certified British council trainer
  • We are authorized partners of British Council and IDP Australia
  • One on one coaching with individual attention
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What is the IELTS Test Format?

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More than 10,000 institutions and organizations worldwide accept IELTS results. These include universities, colleges, professional registration bodies, employers, and governments. You have a choice of two versions of the IELTS exam, the IELTS Academic exam and IELTS General Training exam.

How to familiarize yourself with the IELTS testing format?

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The following details the format for the four different sections of the test:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Note: The Reading and Writing Sections of the Academic test are different to the General Training test.

 LISTENING (30 minutes)
1. Candidates listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions.

  1. These include questions which test the ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas.
  2. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and you will hear each section only once.

READING (60 minutes)

  1. The Reading component consists of 40 questions.
  2. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills.
  3. These include reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Reading – Academic Version
1. The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

  1. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  2. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are recognizably appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.

Reading – General Training Version
1.  The General Training version requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines.

  1. These are materials that are likely encountered on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.

 WRITING (60 minutes)

Academic Version

  1. The Writing component of the Academic version includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

Task 1: Candidates will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in their own words.

Task 2: Candidates will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be written in a formal style.

General Training Version
The Writing component of the General Training version includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.

Task 1: Candidates will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style

Task 2: Candidates will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.

 SPEAKING (11 to 14 minutes)

The Speaking component assesses the use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded.

 Part 1: Candidates will be asked to answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as their home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

 Part 2: Candidates will be given a minute to prepare their thoughts on an assigned topic, before being invited to speak 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.

 Part 3: Candidates will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will provide an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand.

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An ‘A’ To ‘Z’ of IELTS Tips and Strategies

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A For “Ask”

If you are not sure exactly what is the question during the IELTS speaking section, then be sure to ask the examiner to repeat/rephrase the question – if you do not, you risk answering a different question. Try to use polite formal expressions, such as “Excuse me, please could you rephrase the question, I did not manage to catch it?”

B For “Brevity”

Be careful to not answer with brevity during the IELTS speaking exam. Remember that the IELTS speaking examiner wants to see your level. So, rather than answering the question “Tell me about your city.”, with “It is quite large.”, try to increase the sentence, such as with: “Regarding the place that I live, I can say that…”.

C For “Calculate”

Calculate the number of marks correct that you would approximately need in order to get your goal for the IELTS reading and listening sections ( During the exam, you might be concerned that you are not answering the questions easily, however remember that you only need a certain percentage correct, not all of them.

D For “Dyslexia”

Some IELTS applicants have extra IELTS challenges, such as dyslexia. People with learning educational challenges however may also be entitled to extra help when taking the exam, such as extra time. Please note that you might have to give advanced warning about that to get these benefits

E For “Energy”

The IELTS exam may require a surprising amount of energy. For instance, if you need to concentrate and write a lot in 60 minutes for the IELTS writing section, you may need to be much focused. Therefore, think about helpful snacks to eat before the exam, such as an orange that you can get sufficient energy for doing your best.

F For “Fresh”

Make sure to be fresh for the exam, if at all possible. Try not to arrive with insufficient sleep or in a hurry. Therefore, plan how to arrive with a reasonable amount of time to spare and also that you will be able to be relaxed and ready for the exam.

G For “Grammar”

Whilst for work purposes correct grammar, although maybe important, may not be always necessary for functioning well, in the IELTS exam the examiners are trained to focus on mistakes. How is your level? If you are not sure, then be sure to get a native-level English teacher to evaluate your writing and speaking.

H For “Handwriting”

Having clear handwriting may be very important for the IELTS exam. Remember that if the examiner cannot read what you wrote, it might be much harder for you to pass. Make every letter legible and clearly cross out any unwanted letters/words, if using a pen.

I For “Ideas”

For the IELTS writing and speaking good ideas are important, however do not spend too much time trying to think of them. For sure, you need to answer the question correctly, however remember that the examiner is focused on your English knowledge, rather than what you know about nature, or whatever the question is about.

J For “Jot Down”

For the speaking task 2 you will have 1 minute to jot down some notes – try to make perhaps 15 bullet points to be able to use these for greater fluency. Then you can focus more on your English, rather than also what needs to be said.

K For “Kangaroo”

If you are planning on moving to Australia, maybe you would hope to see a kangaroo. Perhaps you could try to print a photo, to remind yourself and others of your goal. The IELTS can be hard work and sometimes disappointing – keep focused on the reason(s) for you taking it.

L For “Listening”

During the listening exam, try to read ahead for future questions, so that you can anticipate the types of answers that may be required. For instance, if you see that the question is asking about what country someone is from, you may be able to even guess it from the speaker’s accent, before it is confirmed by something they say.

M For “Manage”

Manage your preparation of the IELTS exam. If you are balancing work and family commitments, you will need to think about how much time you can realistically invest in preparation for the exam. If in doubt, consider delaying the exam to allow more time to prepare.

N For “Never”

Try to never write under the amount of words required for the IELTS writing sections – better is to be “safe than sorry”. Equally for the IELTS speaking exam make sure that for task 2, you answer for at least 1 minute – practice with a clock to get a better sense of how long that would be.

O For “Options”

When you are answering the IELTS speaking and writing exams, you may have some options sometimes for the examples that you will use. For example, if you are asked to talk about a hobby you like, then use one that you know a reasonable amount of vocabulary about and are able to speak more easily regarding it.

P For “Practice”

Make sure that you do enough practice. Although you might know some high-level English speakers who passed with ease, unless you are in that category you may need to “put in the hours”. Therefore, prepare properly and practice the four different sections of the exam.

Q For “Questions”

Try to become familiar with the different types of questions that can be asked in the exam. For instance, for the writing IELTS exam, think of the various types that might be asked, such as “agree/disagree” or “cause/effect” etc.. Equally look through the other sections to know what you might be required to answer.

R For “Reading”

For the IELTS reading exam, try to think about strategies that may be useful. For instance, you can think about underlining key words in the text and making a very brief summary next to areas of text, so that you can reference what they are about quickly again. Also, think about your schedule, such as a few minutes to read the questions, then formatting the text for 6 minutes, then answering for 8 minutes and some more minutes for checking and final checking.

S For “Speaking”

In the IELTS speaking, try to answer at a regular speed – many native speakers may not speak particularly fast. Also, be careful of any grammar mistakes and focus on a clear accent. Think before your answer to try and avoid too much hesitation.

T For “Time”

The IELTS exam is very much about time. Make sure not to run out of it for the IELTS writing exam, so that you are able to complete both tasks. Equally, for the reading exam, you need to complete as many questions as possible and clearly, preferably all.

U For “Utilize”

Utilise all possible resources. For instance maybe you could ask successful candidates about their advice for how to pass. However, “work smart”, so that you are focussing on resources that will most assist your weak areas, rather than mostly strengthening already strong areas and neglecting weaker ones.

V For “Value”

Think about the “value” of words that you are using for the IELTS speaking and writing. For instance, “accurate” is going to be a higher level than “good”. Of course, any words you use should be appropriate for the context of what you are writing.

W For “Writing”

For the IELTS writing, try to make synonyms for the task question – that might take a few minutes. If you seem to be just repeating some/many of the words that are on the exam paper, the examiner will not be impressed by that.

X For “Xerox”

Be careful not to appear to be writing a “xerox” copy of a previously answered task– if the examiner thinks that you are using a template, you risk losing marks – of course, there is a balance here as many phrases can be used by different candidates: make each task “your own”.

Y For “Years”

Some IELTS candidates have taken the exam for years. Doubtless you would not likely want this to be you (or if it is you, for that to continue much longer). Have a clear strategy for how you would improve and evaluate your progress regularly.

Z For “Zigzagging”

Careful not to be “zigzagging” in your speaking/writing answers – for the IELTS speaking, answer the questions directly and after that you can perhaps expand more for any further related points – for the IELTS writing section, if you are asked to write about healthy food, try to not to “zigzag” away to hobbies, then come back to food and then move to telephones, etc..

What are the Do’s and Don’ts especially for the IELTS SPEAKING SESSION ?

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Do’s : 

Don’ts :


    Try to talk as much as you can. Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous,

    Relax, be confident and elongate your topics. Develop your own answers. Ask for clarification if necessary,


    Watch BBC News and many other English Series so that you can improve your vocabulary. Give as many as examples, as it creates good impression on the examiner.


    Take many tests and if possible practice at home and record yourself (This will boosts up your confidence level),


 Do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question. Express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate,


    Keep to the topic and don’t talk irrelevant to the topic.


    Don’t keep your pitch too high or too low in speaking.



Success story of our student Sharana Fathima who scored 8 band in IELTS exam. She is currently pursuing her Masters in the Cleveland University, United States – I want to share how i got my 8 band in ielts : 

Difficulty of an IELTS exams entirely depends on how much of a task you think English is……………………

It’s a fairly standard test with 4 sections – Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

What is sections include is obvious from the names but let me elaborate:

  • Reading involves 3 passages and some question based on those.
  • The difficulty increases with each passage but as long as you can get what the passage is, this section is darn easy to score in.
  • Writing is a bit tricky for me…
  • I used to be amazing at writing in school but it’s been four years so this section is what needed more focus.
  • The section includes two questions one is the analysis of chart(s) or picture(s) and second involves an argument.
  • The thing to know about IELTS writing section is that, for an academic module and when you’re applying to a graduate research program or well literature program, the university will require you to score high here and extra attention must be given to it.
  • Listening involves answering question based on an audio tape. Fairly easy section just be attentive of what is being said in the audio.
  • Speaking by far my favorite section…
  • The process is similar to an HR interview, its 10 minutes long(at max) and you just have to converse with a person knowing you don’t ever have to talk to them again.
  • But, thing to focus is not to repeat your points. I did that in mine and I regret it very much. But a slow long as you’re confident and don’t screw up your grammar and vocabulary, you’re good to go.

All in all it’s fairly easy. Just focus on your weak points. Get acquainted with the pattern and make sure to do at least 2–3 mocks before the test day and you’ll be fine. I wish to state that ‘’’my journey towards United States happened because of U2CAN, a division of TRICHY PLUS , special thanks to Owenita mam and U2CAN ‘’.

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                       Mr. Karthik Semban, lives in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States 

My Journey from Trichy to USA – I was an average engineering student, my dream was to study at abroad. I didn’t know what steps to take and whom to approach, one of my friends suggested U2CAN in Trichy. I took counseling from them. I joined for IELTS and it was a great experience. I was in safety hands,

Mr. Sivakumar CEO, TRICHY PLUS –  helped and motivated me in each step. Ms. Savitri also helped me in all aspects starting from

  • Counseling for selecting colleges/universities
  • Preparing LOR/SOP
  • Applying to universities
  • Getting admission into Universities
  • Assisting in bank loan procedures
  • Visa Application & pre-departure guidance

I wish  to extend a special thanks to Ms. Owenita mam who helped me to clear my IELTS, I secured a band 7 in the exam. My special thanks to everyone.

Now Because of U2CAN, I went to the USA, I studied at desired University. Now I have got a job in the USA and I am waiting for my PR.

I am happy now , I got my own AUDI car, my gratitude to my parents and u2can…..

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                                                  Ms. Sagarikka S, lives in the Portsmouth United Kingdom

Hi everyone, I wish to share my story with you. In school I was not studious, my parents were highly educated and entrepreneurs. They are running a leading company in Trichy.  I always wanted to achieve something in my life. After 10th I took a year sabbatical and wrote ‘My Unskooled Year’ –

After my 12th I decided to study abroad.

Here I want to mention about Owenita mam – my IELTS trainer. U2CAN helped me to score band 7.5 in IELTS and that helped to get an admission in the UK University. They guided me in the application & VISA process.

I want to thank my parents and well-wishers. Now I am pursuing my UG in Data Science & Analytics at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. 

2021 UPDATE!!!

New Success Story!

Vaishnavi is a chirpy girl who always carries an aura of exuberance which makes her a lively company to be around with. If she sets sight on something she won’t walk away without achieving it. She joined Trichyplus for IELTS coaching in Trichy. All she needed was a mentor to work with and replenish her skills.

She enrolled for IELTS online classes at the Trichyplus IELTS online coaching center. She received the best IELTS online coaching under the guidance of Owenita Mam. Thanks to the IELTS online classes, she was able to connect more with our trainer and utilized the top IELTS online coaching provided by Trichyplus. Yes, she finished her entire IELTS coaching online, but the standard of our classes made sure that she received all our support.

In one of the special speaking sessions conducted by Owenita Mam, she was asked a question from IELTS Speaking Part-1. The question was,

“When are people more polite…to strangers or to family?”

to which, as cool as a cucumber, she answered,

“People are definitely more polite to strangers because when it’s family you get to be with them daily and you get to see their good and bad…So it’s hard to react politely for all their behaviour. But with stangers…it’s like a clean slate…you can start anew and create a good impression.”

Fluency and Coherence ♥

Lexical Resource ♥

Grammatical Range and Accuracy ♥


She secured the Band Score of 8 in her IELTS test with a perfect score in Listening and a much-appreciated 8.0 in Speaking!

What are you waiting for?

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What are different the Practice test topics?

Look at IELTS practice tests and choose topics which interest you. Use a variety of practice questions and try writing within both the time and word limits. It is important to have a go and not let nervousness stop you from trying.

Tasks and timing

Be aware of the different writing requirements for Task 1 and Task 2.

In IELTS Academic,

Task 1 involves describing aspects of one of the following:

  • Graph
  • Table
  • Map
  • Diagram

Task 2 often involves:

  • Expressing an opinion
  • Balancing an argument
  • Suggesting a solution to a problem.

You will need to develop the most appropriate written language for each task to succeed in the Writing test.

Timing is very important. Remember that Task 1 is worth around one third of the total marks in the test, while Task 2 is worth roughly two thirds. It is important not to spend too much time on Task 1 or you will not leave yourself enough time to perform well in Task 2.

How to register for IELTS ?

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 To book your test you will need to:

  • Keep the passport number at hand at the time of registration. Your passport is the only form of valid ID (identity document) that is accepted to complete the IELTS booking process. Driving licenses, student IDs and other documents are not accepted as valid proof of identification. You are also required to carry your passport on the test day. The document must be valid/not expired at the time of booking your test and on the test day. If the candidate is below the age of 18 years at the time of booking the test or on the test day, duly filled consent forms (the parent consent form and the consent form for minors) must be produced at the time of appearing for the examination.
  • Download and read our Information for Candidates which contains important information about the test format, the question types and the test results. Please note that IELTS is not recommended for test takers under the age of 16.
  • Check availability of the IELTS test dates as there are a limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. IELTS test with the British Council are very popular, so we recommend that you register one month prior to make sure you get a place. You can use our online registration system to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.

Pay for your test – You can choose to pay through the following methods:

  • pay online using Net Banking, E-wallets or Card (Visa, Visa electron, Master Card)
  • payment at ICICI bank branch (make cash payment at any ICICI bank branch by filling in the ICICI payment slip)
  • Payment through Demand Draft (DD). The demand draft must be drawn in favor of British Council payable at Delhi

Please note: Cash or credit/debit card payment for IELTS fees is not accepted at any our offices.

  • Once you have made the payment, please send us the following documents to confirm your test booking:
  • Candidates who book their test through our online registration system and are paying online by Credit/Debit card must send: No documents are required
  • Candidates who book their test through our online registration system and are paying online by cash at ICICI bank or through Demand Draft must send: A copy of the IELTS Test application acknowledgement that they receive by email after registering online.
    Evidence of the payment (either the Demand Draft or the ‘acknowledged copy’ of the ICICI payment slip. If paying at ICICI Bank, candidates are required to upload the deposit slip duly stamped and acknowledged by the ICICI bank in the Candidate Area of the Test Taker Portal.
  • Candidates who book their test through the offline application form and are paying either by cash at ICICI bank or through Demand Draft must send: The completed IELTS application form.
    Evidence of the payment (either the Demand Draft or the ‘acknowledged copy’ of the ICICI payment slip. If paying at ICICI Bank, candidates are required to upload the deposit slip duly stamped and acknowledged by the ICICI bank in the Candidate Area of the Test Taker Portal.
  • Please note: The documents must be received at our Gurgaon Office within two days from the day of registering for the test. This will enable us to confirm your booking.

Once your booking is complete, you will receive the following emails:

If you have booked the test online: Once you have completed the booking process, you will receive an email confirming receipt of payment and containing access details to our free online preparation course – Road to IELTS.

Your IELTS test date is confirmed once you receive this email. You can also study for IELTS online with Ms Owenita, a British Council teacher by joining our course IELTS Coach, or sign up for one of our IELTS preparation courses delivered face-to-face.

In this article, we have explained everything you need to know about the test! Share it with your friends and comment down about the things that you want to know more about! We are here to write more such blogs for you!




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