Every candidate who is willing to take IELTS is tested in four modules, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The score given to a candidate ranges from Band 0 to Band 9
The Speaking test is a face to face interview with an IELTS examiner and it lasts around 11 to 14 minutes in which there are 3 parts. The Speaking test is held on a different day where as the Listening, Reading and Writing test is held on other day.
The Listening, Reading, Writing test takes place for 2 hours, 40 minutes (30 minutes for listening+10 minutes to transfer the answers in to the answer sheet)
60 minutes for Reading and 60 minutes for Writing.
In the Listening module, there are 4 sections where each section has 10 questions. In section 1, you will hear to a conversation between two people and you have to answer the questions. The answers are generally phone numbers, names of places, street or names of people.
In section 2, you will hear to a monologue (a single person speaking) and you have to answer questions on what you hear.
The section 3 is a conversation between two to three people, mostly related to an academic project or assignment where you need to answer questions or choose from a list or choose from multiple options or you may also have a map or diagram completion.
The section 4 is again a monologue and it is the toughest section. In this section you will probably have multiple choice questions.
You will be scored on the number of correct answers which is translated in to a band score.
The Reading module has three sections and you need to complete it in 60 minutes. It has three long passages where you have to read the text quickly to get the main idea of it and then answer the questions. There are 40 questions asked in the Reading module like, multiple choice questions, yes/no/not given, true/false/not given, short answer questions, matching headings, sentence completion and summary completion questions. You should not spend more than 20 minutes for each section. You will be scored on the number of correct answers which is translated in to a band score.
The Writing module has 2 tasks and you need to complete it in 60 minutes. The first task may be a bar graph, line graph, pie chart, table or a flowchart where it is asked to compare, highlight and summarize the information by focusing on the main features and making comparisons wherever needed. You you spend no more than 20 minutes for this task.
The minimum word count for Task-1 is 150 words.
In the Writing task 2, you need to write a 250 word essay in response to the question. You need to give 40 minutes for this task.
There are no breaks provided in between the test.
You must carry your original valid passport to the Speaking test and the Listening, Reading and Writing test.