IELTS Test Information

IELTS Hub Pakistan aims to compile all the test information across all the modules for IELTS.

General vs Academic IELTS

There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic and General Training.

As the name suggests, the IELTS Academic is for students wishing to study abroad for higher education whereas IELTS General Training is for people migrating to UK, Australia or Canada or applying for work experience in countries where English is the first language.

Speaking, Listening, Reading sections are the same for both General and Academic IELTS. Only the Writing section is different. For General Testing you will be required to write a letter for Task 1 and then writing a descriptive (relatively easy) essay for Task 2. Where in Academic Task 1 you will be asked to analyze chart, graph, table, map or diagram. For Task 2, the essay topics are a little technical compared to Task 2 of General Training.

Test Format

IELTS test is based on four modules including Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. All your English skills are assessed in a series of tests which take a total of less than 3 hours.

While the Reading and Writing portions of IELTS Academic and General Training differ, the Speaking and Listening tests are the same.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted on the same day and the Speaking portion is usually scheduled for a separate day.


The candidates are required to answer a series of 40 questions based on four recordings. The test takes 30 minutes and assesses the ability to understand the main ideas, factual information etc.

Each question carries 1 mark and can be of the following types:

  • multiple choice
  • matching
  • plan/map/diagram labelling
  • form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion
  • sentence completion


In this part, you are required to answer 40 questions based on different texts which can be analytical, descriptive, discursive or factual for IELTS Academic. For IELTS General Training, the texts are taken from books, magazines, company guidelines, notices, advertisements, and newspapers. The questions are designed to test a range of reading skills.

The test duration is one hour and carries 60 marks.


The Writing portion takes 60 minutes wherein the candidates are required to complete two writing tasks.

In the Academic test, task 1 is about writing 150 words to describe visual information in 20 minutes. The second task is to respond to a point of view or argument in 250 words in 40 minutes.

In the General Training test, you are required to write a letter in the first portion and an essay in the second.


The Speaking test lasts for 11-14 minutes and consists of three parts.

The first part is the introduction where you will be asked various questions. The second and third part revolve around a topic about which you will speak, followed by questions.


One of the most important questions that we all ask about is the IELTS registration fee. It must be noted that IELTS score is valid for 2 years.

IELTS Registration Fee in Pakistan for British Council

Sargodha &
Islamabad & Gujrat KPK
Abbottabad &
Balochistan (Quetta)
IELTS Test registration fee 29,464 29,464 25,400 28,702 25,400

IELTS Registration Fee in Pakistan for AEO

AEO Lahore, Sialkot, Multan, Faisalabad

AEO Islamabad AEO Karachi AEO Peshawar and Abbottabad AEO Mirpur
Computer-Delivered IELTS REGISTRATION FEE (Bank Draft, Pay Order) 32,480 32,480 31,640
IELTS REGISTRATION FEE (Bank Draft, Pay Order) 31,320 31,320 30,510 31,050 27,000


Once you are confident of your IELTS preparation, you are advised to register for IELTS through your favored testing agency at the desired testing center. You can choose from a number of options when it comes to testing dates and test centers.

The best thing is that you can easily register online regardless of whether it is the British Council IELTS or AEO IELTS.

British Council

Applying for IELTS is very easy as you have to follow a few steps and pay the registration fee. Follow these steps:

  • Go to IELTS Online Registration System
  • Choose your country/territory
  • Specify test date, city, and type of IELTS
  • Check test availability and click ‘Apply’
  • Sign the declaration form
  • Fill out the candidate details and ‘Continue’
  • Pay the registration fee once you receive the email regarding seat reservation

AEO Pakistan

You can either download the application form or reserve your seat online through AEO’s test booking portal.

  • Fill out the application form properly
  • Submit the required documents including a copy of CNIC or passport, along with the bank draft/pay order and duly filled form
  • You can either submit the documents personally or mail via courier services

In case of online seat reservation:

  • Select desired testing city and module
  • Click ‘Registration’ for the desired test
  • Check for seat availability and click continue – this covers all test portions except speaking
  • Choose the timings for your speaking appointment
  • The browser will prompt you to enter the login details or create a new profile
  • Enter the candidate details and click ‘Register’

Once your application is submitted, you are required to submit the printed email showing the booking details, bank draft/pay order and a copy of passport or CNIC within 5 days.

Test Scoring

IELTS scores range from Band 1 to Band 9. The overall band score is calculated based on the average of individual band scores of the four test components. The band score is rounded off to the nearest whole or half band.

The complete IELTS Band scale is as follows:

Band Score Skill Level
0 Did not attempt the test
1 Non-user
2 Intermittent user
3 Extremely limited user
4 Limited user
5 Modest user
6 Competent user
7 Good user
8 Very good user
9 Expert user


Minimum Recommended Scores for Different Countries

While the admission criteria differ across universities as well as countries, experts are of the opinion that the applicant must have a minimum of 6 Bands when it comes to English language proficiency.