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IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test for work, study, and migration.

Wish to move abroad for further studies, work or immigration? IELTS is the test for you! It is recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test for students who need to demonstrate English language proficiency for study or work in English-speaking countries.

The IELTS test is recognized in many countries. It is used as a measure of English language proficiency by educational institutions,employers and professional organizations.


There are two types of IELTS which are:

IELTS Academic:

If you have a dream to get higher education or professional registration in various foreign English-speaking countries then you need to clear the IELTS Academic test. It contains the features of academic language. Also, it will help to evaluate that, are you ready to begin studying or training or not. The academic IELTS is accepted by so many famous institutions of the world for the higher education.

 IELTS General:

Candidates who want to go to the English-speaking countries for work experience or training programs, they need to clear the IELTS General Training test. Also it is required when any individual wants to migrate to AustraliaNew ZealandCanada, and the UK. This test is taken to examine the candidate’s original survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts

(You can choose any one from them according to your reason for taking IELTS.)

IELTS IDP/British Council

IELTS is a test which is invented by the British Council, IDP and University of Cambridge all together. In some countries, IDP is taking up the responsibility to conduct this test. There are some countries where the British Council took up the charge to conduct this test. Also in some countries both the IDP and British Council are in charge of this exam. India is also one of these countries where IELTS is offered by both the IDP and British Council. Just because of this reason most of the people get confused that where to go.

But here is a very interesting fact about IELTS, which is an answer to all your questions. The fact is that the IELTS exams are the same in all over the world, whether you are giving it in any State, any City or In any Country. Just like the location also it does not matter whether you are giving your exam through IDP or British Council. The pattern of exams, questions as well as marking Criteria of IELTS will be always same in both conditions.

Here we found some students who say that the marking criteria of British Council IELTS is easier than the IDP IELTS, but it’s not true. Because both the examiners of BC and IDP get trained in the same manner. The marking criteria followed by the examiner are same for both the IDP and British Council. So simply, it does not matter whether you are choosing British Council or IDP for IELTS, you will get the same marks according to your preparation. So, prepare well by choosing a best IELTS center in your Nearby location and get success. Don’t waste your time in thinking about British Council or IDP. Just prepare well and get success.

Note: IELTS can be given on a paper or online

IELTS Test Format

The Test consists of four modules, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Listening and speaking modules are common for all IELTS candidates, but it is necessary to choose an option between academic and general training for reading and writing modules.

4 Sections, 40 items
30 Minutes
General Training Reading
3 Sections, 40 items
60 Minutes
Academic Reading
3 Sections, 40 items
60 Minutes
General Training Writing
2 tasks (150 and 250 words)
60 Minutes
Academic Writing
2 Tasks (150 and 250 words)
60 Minutes
11 to 14 Minutes

Test Duration 2 hours 45 Minutes

IELTS is held at over 900 centres and in more than 125 countries. It is conducted four times in a month and is usually held on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can contact the faculties at Indra Global at +91-6280604187 to confirm your nearest test centre and test dates.

The first three modules, i.e. reading, listening and writing, are completed in one day. However, speaking modules can be taken at the discretion of the testing center on the same day or within the 7 days before or after the schedule of other modules. The tests are designed to cover the full range of capabilities from expert user to non-user.


Academic reading and writing modules are designed to assess the ability of studying or working through English at any graduate, postgraduate or professional level of any candidate.

General training, reading and writing modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills needed for academic purposes, rather they emphasize basic living skills in a broad social and academic context. General Training is most suitable for candidates traveling in English-speaking countries, for immigration purposes like Australia, Canada and New Zealand, not to the degree level, but to undertake work experience or training programs. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to inform the examination center about what he wants to do in the academic or general training module.


What is IELTS for UKVI?

Are you looking forward to work or study in the UK? In order to fulfill that purpose, you will have to apply for a UK Visa and exhibit that you have met the obligatory level of English by taking a UK Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.

‘IELTS for UKVI’ is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This shows that IELTS can be utilized to establish your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application.

What is the difference between IELTS and UKVI IELTS?

There is no difference between the test format of IELTS and IELTS for UKVI. The test stands the same in terms of content, format, level of difficulty and scoring for both IELTS (Academic and General Training) and IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General training).

The only difference between the two is that the Test Report Forms, which enclose your results, will be somewhat dissimilar to show that you have taken the test at a certified IELTS UKVI location approved by the UK Home Office. The sole purpose of IELTS UKVI is to meet a set of administrative requirements specified by the UK Home office.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) tests and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test center. British Council has UKVI approved venues around the world.

Which test format to take?

If you are planning to study in the UK, make sure you confirm with your college, university or institution about the kind of test format you should appear for. You need to consult with your respective authorities before you book the test.

If you are applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa at a higher education institution to enter directly into a graduate or postgraduate program at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must be eligible on the basis of the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges acknowledge IELTS Academic results This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can present the IELTS Academic result.

Types of IELTS UKVI tests;

IELTS Academic: If you are looking forward to studying at the undergraduate or postgraduate level or aiming for professional registration in the UK, IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is the right choice for you.

IELTS general training: IELTS for UKVI(General Training) is apt for all those candidates who wish to migrate, train or study at a lower degree level in the UK.

IELTS Life Skills A1: This test is for all those applicants who are required to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for ‘family of a settled person’ visas.

IELTS Life Skills A2: This test is for those who have to demonstrate their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for an extension to family, Spouse or Partner visa.
(This test is only offered in the UK)

IELTS Life Skills B1:  This test is for those who need to verify their English Speaking and Listening credentials as part of their request to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

Advantages of IELTS for UKVI.

  • Anyone who is looking for a PR, permanent residence can easily obtain the citizenship of the UK, if he has given an IELTS for UKVI.
  • A work visa is another thing to consider, which one can get very easily if he takes the examination.
  • While entrance to different colleges and universities, it is required for the candidate to appear for the IELTS examination.


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