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What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam which assesses English language proficiency of those going to English Speaking countries for study, work and migration. It is jointly managed by IDP Education, Australia, Cambridge ESOL, USA and British Council, UK.

Who can take IELTS?

  1. One with age 16 year of above
  2. One with a valid passport

Countries which recognize IELTS

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. Various other commonwealth countries
  6. USA

What is the IELTS Test Types ?

General Training:For Immigration purpose

Academic Training: for higher studies and professional work visas.

 Who conducts the exam?

British Council and IDP are jointly responsible for conducting the exam across the country. Exams are conducted four times a month( two times for General and four times for Academic module).

To sit in the IELTS test, you first have to register for the exam either filling up an online application form by yourself or you can book the test through authorised partners – Smile Foreign Education is one of the Authorized Partner of IDP Education Australia and British Council. Booking an exam date through us brings you the following benefits:

  1. Hassle Free process – you don’t have to worry about filling up the form and submitting the documents to the respective authority as it is all done by our trained staff.
  2. Support is given with documents required to be carried. If anything goes wrong or you need guidance, you can directly call our helpline number for support.
  3. Top Take Away material is provided to you FREE of cost. We have carefully prepared handouts which can be of a great help in the exam.
  4. You can attend IELTS MASTERCLASS by Ashok Sir. You just have to inform and book your seat in advance.
This is the first module of the exam that lasts for 30 minutes. It has four sections each containing ten questions. Candidate’s ability to understand native speakers in various contexts is assessed. This is the same for both academic and general candidates.
Question Typology
  • Sentence completion
  • Notes completion
  • Table completion
  • Classifying information
  • Matching tasks
  • MCQs
  • Summary completion
  • Short answer Questions
  • Diagram/map labeling

Important instructions:

  • For most of the questions, candidates generally have to write answers in ONE OR TWO WORDS. However, for some questions you may have to write NO MORE THREE WORDS AND OR A NUMBER.
  • Reading the instructions, mainly word limit is crucial because the instructions may not be the same in the final exam as those you reading in your practice papers.
  • First three sections are divided in subsections, hence students are given time( may be upto 30 seconds) to skim through the question before they listen to the corresponding conversation. But the last section does not have a break. It is played at a stretch. Better if you as and when you get time manage to read questions in advance.
  • A little time you get before each section is very crucial for answering questions because this is for reading the questions and getting familiar yourself with the questions and predicting exactly what is going to there in the conversation. This assumption helps test takers form a rough image in the mind and they can also figure out what kind of vocabulary will be used. If anything goes unheard or unnoticed, it becomes easier to guess because you are aware of the context in which you have to think. For example, If the questions are related to filling up an application form for opening a bank account, the test taker will be able to predict what kind of words are used while talking about opening a bank account.

Section 1 (informal dialogue)

It is the easiest part of the exam. Generally questions asked in this module are of general context – questions regarding day to day encounters or semi-official situations like organizing a party for teachers, staff or friends and family.

Example:oral and written

Common Question Types: Form Fill up, Notes completion, etc.

Speakers: a dialogue between two speakers who mainly talk on exchanging or reporting personal details, preferences and dates.
Though there is a vast range of dialogues that can be included in general context, asking for information, reporting a problem or claiming insurance, renting a house or a vehicle, or taking notes on organizing a social event and planning a holiday trip are more frequent.


The best way to improve this section is to listen to such dialogues which are for transactional purpose. You can easily access these resources from our library.

Skills Areas

  • Listening for specific details
  • Checking information
  • Spell out names of people, place and etc
  • Giving numbers
  • Listening to costs
  • Listening to questions related to frequency of events, time, and so forth.

Section 2 ( informal monologue)

This is the second part of the listening module. Questions used in this section are mainly on general topics. Unlike section one where discussion is transactional, section 2 has an informational talk or speech on a specific topic chosen from a wide range of general topics (holiday guided tours, accommodation for overseas students, orientation on general issues like traffic, travel or project making). In this only one speaker delivers a short speech. Repetition of content is rare in this part.


The best way to improve this section is to listen to monologues. Ashoksir has cultivated a very good collection for the same.

Section 3 (formal discussion)

This is the third part of the listening test. This contains a discussion among 3-4 speakers with different accents and professions(student, tutor, project guide) on academic settings. Speakers do a group discussion mainly for solving problems or finding solutions regarding assignments, project work and course selection. Here students face a more formal discussion where words and phrases used in the conversation are little bit more difficult, specific to the topic and uncommon. Usually the topic is discussed various aspects of something are presented and opinions of speakers are sought. Merits, demerits, recommendations, prerequisites are a few of many focuses of their discussion. Talk flows in stages or categories. So students have to supply details according to the stage or category. It is very important that students have awareness of changes in tone and intonation of speakers while moving from point to the other, contrasting, and comparing. In other words, when a speaker talks about requirements for a project work at university, he usually presents several pieces of instruments and moves from one to the other using linkers like another useful tool is.

Here speakers have their subject opinions. They use modal auxiliaries to express various emotions even the degree of their agreement and disagreement. It makes all the sense if you can differentiate between “may” and “might”or “I think it is just worth looking” and “You should not miss”.

Section 4 (Informational monologue)

Huh! Finally section four. It is a mini lecture delivered by one speaker. It is more than matching words. The prime skill which is being tested under this section is your ability to infer speaker’s attitude whether he is suggesting, critiquing, persuading, or describing. Inferencing skills are utmost important in this section. Usually questions are distributed under sub headings in case of note-completion tasks, or stages in case of flow charts. However, there may be multiple choice questions or any other type of questions. Candidates have to be very alert and speedy to skim the question rubrics. Likewise section three, talk in based on academic subject. It is academically more informative and specific. It is a university style presentation.


The best way to improve this section is that you should be exposed to academic speech or lectures. We have plenty of them at our library.

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