What is the IELTS Exam and How to Register for It?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a widely used assessment tool for determining how well non-native speakers of English can communicate in English. It is intended to evaluate the language proficiency of applicants who seek to immigrate, work, or study in an English-speaking nation. 

The British Council, IDP Education Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English are in charge of running the IELTS test. An overview of the IELTS exam and instructions for registering are provided in this article.

The Academic and General Training versions of the IELTS exam are available. 

Candidates who want to study at the undergraduate or graduate level should use the Academic version, while those who want to work, immigrate, or enroll in training programs in English-speaking nations should use the General Training version. 

The four sections of the IELTS exam—Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking—are graded using a nine-band system.

Understanding the IELTS Exam

Listening Module

The IELTS exam's Listening module evaluates a candidate's capacity to comprehend spoken English in a variety of situations. There are ten questions in each of the module's four sections. While listening to the tape, the candidate records their responses on the answer sheet. 

The recording is only played once, and at the conclusion, applicants are given the opportunity to review their responses.

Tips for the Listening Module

It is advised to practice listening to different English accents in order to perform well in the Listening module. Watching English-language movies, TV shows, or podcasts can also help one's listening abilities.


Reading Module

The IELTS Reading module tests a candidate's comprehension of written English in a variety of situations. The module is divided into three sections, each with a unique type of passage. While reading the passages, the candidate responds to the questions on the answer sheet. 

The 60-minute Reading module is the longest.

Tips for the Reading Module

It is advised to read a variety of passages and pick up the pace in order to score well in the reading module. Reading newspapers, books, and magazines can also help one's vocabulary.

Writing Module

The IELTS Writing module evaluates a candidate's proficiency in English writing. The module consists of two activities, and the minimum word counts for each are 150 and 250 words, respectively. 

While Task 2 requires the candidate to write an essay on a predetermined topic, Task 1 asks the candidate to describe a graph, chart, or diagram.

Tips for the Writing Module

It is advised to practice writing essays and letters on a variety of topics in order to perform well in the Writing module.  When writing, one should also pay attention to grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.


Speaking Module

The IELTS exam's Speaking module evaluates a candidate's proficiency in speaking English. The module is broken up into three sections, and the questions focus on the candidate's personal life, employment, and opinions. The Speaking module takes 11–14 minutes to complete.

Tips for the Speaking Module

Speaking practice with teachers or native speakers is advised if you want to do well on the Speaking module. While speaking, one should also pay attention to fluency, intonation, and pronunciation.


How to Register for the IELTS Exam

To register for the IELTS exam, follow these steps:

Choose a Test Date

- Choosing a test date is the first step in signing up for the IELTS exam.
- The official IELTS website has a calendar of test dates that you can view.

Create an Account

- Make an account on the official IELTS website once you've decided on the exam date.
- Your name, address, and phone number must be provided, along with any personal information.

Select Test Type and Module

- You will be prompted to choose the test type and module (Academic or General Training) after creating an account.
- What is more, you have a choice of test site and module.

Pay the Test Fee

- The test fee must be paid next. You may check the cost on the official IELTS website.
- The cost varies by country. You can use a credit or debit card to pay the fee online.

Confirm Registration

- You will get a confirmation email from the IELTS center after paying the price. The test date, time, and location will be included in the email.
- On the day of the exam, print out the email and bring it with you, along with your passport, to the testing location.



The IELTS exam is a widely accepted assessment of non-native speakers' English language skills. The test has four modules: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing, and it is graded on a nine-band scale. 

You must select a test day, create an account, select the test type and module, pay the test price, and confirm your registration in order to register for the IELTS exam.


Q1. What is the cost of the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam varies in price depending on the nation. The cost is displayed on the IELTS website.

Q2. How many times can I take the IELTS exam?

The IELTS exam is available for as many attempts as you'd like. There is a 90-day waiting period between two consecutive tries, though.

Q3. How long is the IELTS exam valid?

The IELTS exam is valid for two years from the date of the test.

Q4. Can I use a pen for the IELTS exam?

For the IELTS Writing module, a pen may be used. However, a pencil is required for the Listening and Reading modules.

Q5. Can I request a re-evaluation of my IELTS exam score?

Yes, you can pay a fee to have your IELTS exam results reevaluated. Your score may not, however, change for any reason.