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A to Z Guide to IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international test for individuals who want to study, work or live abroad. Today, IELTS test can be accepted by educational institutions, employers, more than 10,000 international institutions and organizations globally.

IELTS test

The International English Language Testing System or IELTS test is a worldwide test to measure the English proficiency levels of non-native English speakers.

Born about 30 years ago as one of the pioneers of the English language test, completing IELTS test takes 2 hours 45 minutes in total and consists of 4 main sections:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The scores you will get from these 4 sections, each of which will be tested separately, will give you an overall band score.

Computer Delivered IELTS

Academic and General Training

The IELTS test has two different modules: Academic and General Training. Considering your purpose of taking the exam (professional, academic, visa, immigration, etc.), you are expected to choose the most suitable module for your needs.

IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

However, before registering for any test, it would be best to contact the institution where you will be using your IELTS score, because each institution’s expectations for IELTS differ.

What is the difference between Academic ve General Training?

While the Listening and Speaking sections remain the same in both modules, the topics in the Reading and Writing sections vary depending on the module you prefer. Listening, Reading and Writing sections in all IELTS exams are completed on the same day without break. The Speaking test can be completed a day before or after and on the test day, depending on the decision of you or your test centre. If you need IELTS test for studying or living in the UK, you can find more information about UK immigration and visa procedures on the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) official site.

Paper Based IELTS vs. Computer-Delivered IELTS

You can take your IELTS test on paper or on the computer. Test fee, question content, number of questions and evaluation criteria is exactly the same for both tests. However, the Computer-Delivered IELTS has more advantages than the paper based one. Paper based IELTS test is held 4 times a month, while computer delivered IELTS is held 7 times a week, 3 times a day.

Also, paper based test results are released usually after 13 days, while the computer-delivered test results are announced within 2-5 days.* If you wish, you can join a computer-delivered IELTS experience session free of charge with IDP IELTS.  You can book your computer-delivered test on the following test center locations: Istanbul Anatolian side, Istanbul European side, Ankara.

If you are all about classics, you can take a paper-based IELTS test on the following locations: Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Antalya, Mersin, Muğla.

*Your results may be subject to a second check by Cambridge Assessment English, in which case it may take more than 13 days for your results to be announced.

IELTS test format

Let’s take a closer look at the sections of the IELTS test, which takes 2 hours 45 minutes in total and is accessible to everyone, almost anywhere in the world.

1 – Listening – 30 minutes

The Listening test, which contains the recordings you will listen to from native speakers and speakers with different accents, takes 30 minutes in total and has total 40 questions with different types. Your IDP IELTS test centers will provide you headphones for Listening section, except in IELTS UKVI tests. You will be  given an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answers sheet in paper based IELTS.

Would you like to improve your listening skills? Check out this video prepared by IDP IELTS experts.

2 – Reading – 60 minutes

The Reading test, which includes 40 questions with different types from 3 different texts, takes 60 minutes in total. In this section, where your reading skills are tested as well as your understanding and analysis skills, you will want to make sure that you are using the time correctly.

Need to improve your reading skills? Then IDP IELTS Reading Assist is for you.

3 – Writing – 60 minutes

The Writing test, which you have 60-minutes to complete, has 2 parts with topics depending on the module you have chosen. In general, in the first part, you are expected to define a specific chart, diagram, or table with your own words, while in the second part, you are expected to answer a question or problem.

If you want to improve your writing skills and increase your exam performance, you can check out IDP IELTS Writing Assist.

4 – Speaking – 11-14 minutes

The Speaking test, which measures your speaking skills, lasts about 11-14 minutes, consists of 3 different sections. The speaking test is the same for all IELTS tests (no matter if you take computer-delivered or paper-based), you take your Speaking test face to face with an IELTS examiner. In the first part, you are expected to briefly introduce yourself while in the second part, you are given a short time to prepare about the topics listed on the card given to you and then answer the questions. In the last section, it is expected to provide more detailed answers to questions that will be asked about your chosen topic in a previous section.

If you need an expert opinion on your speaking skills, you can check the IDP IELTS Speaking Assist.

IELTS test dates and test fees

For paper-based IELTS in Istanbul and Ankara, you can register till 24 hours before the test date; for other cities, you have to complete your registration 6 days before the test date. Paper-based IELTS test is held 4 times a month and you can get your results usually after 13 days. * Computer-delivered IELTS is held at IDP IELTS centers 7 times a week, 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, evening). Your results are announced within 2-5 days. Therefore, you can choose the test date that suits you best. Remember, you can register for the computer-delivered IELTS no later than 72 hours before the test date.

The test fee is the same for both paper-based and computer-delivered test: It cost 1.400 Turkish Liras (current price of 2020). Candidates can take the computer-delivered IELTS in Istanbul (including Anatolia and Europe) and Ankara. If you would like to register for paper based IELTS, you can take the test in one of the 8 cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya, Bursa, Muğla and Mersin.

IELTS test fees vary from country to country. In Turkey, the Academic and General Training tests fees are same.

Current test cost are:

Paper-based & Computer-delivered IELTS 1.400 TL
Paper-based & Computer-delivered IELTS UKVI 1.600 TL
IELTS Life Skills 1.500 TL

There is no registration fee or payment processing fee. There is also no late payment fee.

It is very important for candidates to choose the test location and test format (on computer or paper) correctly.

Click here to find the nearest paper-based IELTS test center and check the paper-based test dates here.

Book your computer delivered IELTS here

*Your results may be subject to a second check by Cambridge Assessment English, in which case it may take more than 13 days for your results to be announced.

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IELTS results

IELTS test results, valid for 2 years, are announced usually after 13 days for paper based test, while the computer delivered IELTS results are announced within 2 to 5 business days.* In IELTS test, where the highest score is 9, the arithmetic average of the scores taken by the candidate in each section helps to calculate the overall band score. If necessary, the average of the score you will get is rounded to a lower or higher score. In addition, full scores as well as half scores are very common in this test (eg 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 etc.).

6.0 and above scores are accepted by many higher education institutions. Check who accepts IELTS.

What if I can’t get the result I want?

First, don’t be disappointed right away. You can take the IELTS test as often as you want. There is no limitation. Also, taking the test a few times can help you gain experience, beat your stress and reach the score you want.

Preparing for an English test doesn’t need to be difficult, or expensive, which is why with IELTS you can access a wider range of official preparation material than any other English test provider. Take a look through the official IDP Education IELTS preparation materials.

If you feel that your test performance is not reflected in the score you received, you can request an IELTS review of your score (also called Enquiry on Result). Contact the Test Centre where you sat your test to ask about this process, send an email or chat with us.

*Your results may be subject to a second check by Cambridge Assessment English, in which case it may take more than 13 days for your results to be announced.

Prepare IELTS with IDP IELTS Turkey

You can prepare for your IELTS test with one of the official IELTS test providers of our country that comes to our mind when we say IELTS test, IDP IELTS Turkey’s free and online preparation materials and practice tests!

You can visit our preparation materials and start preparing for IELTS in the best way and to create a work plan for yourself, and to reinforce what you have learned after completing the preparation course.

Is there an uncertain point or questions you want to ask us? Contact us immediately via chat – we’d love to hear from you!

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