IELTS Test Information

What is IELTS?

IELTS stand for ‘International English Language Testing System’. It is one of the most authentic and popular English language proficiency test taken to pursue higher education in foreign countries or immigration. IELTS is divided into ‘IELTS Academic’ and ‘IELTS General Training’.

What is ‘Academic and General Training’ IELTS?

IELTS ‘Academic’ is undertaken by Pakistani students to seek admission in various undergraduate and graduate programs offered by foreign universities.

The IELTS ‘General Training’ is taken for work purpose only and not for enrolment in a degree program. General Training is also required for the purpose for immigration to other countries.

Students seeking admission in any degree programme need to prepare for ‘IELTS Academic’.

What is the composition of IELTS Academic test?

IELTS Academic test is divided into four components:


40 minutes times is given to solve this portion consisting of 40 questions. 30 minutes to hear the recordings and noting down answers on the question paper and 10 minutes to transfer the answers from question paper to answer sheet.  The questions are usually mcqs, fill in the blanks, flow charts, tables, diagrams etc. For detailed break down of listening test click on the tab


60 minutes are given to solve 40 questions in this portion. An unseen text is given from any source and questions are asked from the text. The questions can be mcqs, fill in the blanks, true&false, matching, sentence completion etc. It is important to note that no extra time would be given in the reading exam to transfer answers from the question paper so time division is very important. More information is given on the link


Time limit of 60 minutes is given to finish two tasks in writing exam. Both the tasks are compulsory. In task 1 the applicant is asked to describe a picture, diagram, table, chart etc. using 150 words. Task 2 requires the applicants point of view regarding a statement or argument using 250 words. Full sentences and flow in the essay is important. Bullet points are not acceptable. For more details open


The speaking test takes almost 15 mins. It is a face to face test and no writing is involved. The examiner begins by asking general questions about yourself, your family, education etc. Then a topic is given to think for 1-2 minute and you have to speak on it for 2 minutes. For the last part the examiner will ask questions related to that topic. For more detailed analysis of speaking test click on:

The listening, reading and writing tests are held on the same day whereas speaking test maybe held before the other three or later depending on what slot you get.

Is there a difference of paper pattern of IELTS academic test and General Training?

Listening, reading and speaking test for both exams follow same pattern however there is a difference in writing test. For ‘Academic’ test, applicants have to do two writing tasks one comprising of at least 150 words in which test taker has to summarise or explain a diagram, chart etc and the other a short essay of at least 250 words whereas in ‘General Training’ test the first task is replaced by letter writing of at least 150 words and the second task remains same.

What minimum score is required in IELTS?

IELTS is not a test where a person passes or fails. IELTS score consists of bands starting from 0 to 9 where 0 is the minimum and 9 is the maximum that can be earned. The IELTS test result sheet has individual score of each component and a final band is calculated by combining all the individual band scores.

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


What band score is needed to get admission in a university?

The minimum band requirement depends on the university you are trying to get in however 6 is the minimum level for most universities and below 6 are not accepted however good reputed universities may require mostly 7 or 8 as basic requirement to apply.

For Pakistani students it is important to go for maximum score rather than focusing on requirement of a specific university because a higher band score means maximum opportunity for applying.

For how long IELTS test is valid?

The IELTS tests (both academic and general training) are valid for two years. After two years the result is automatically considered invalid and cannot be used to apply anywhere.

It is important while applying in universities to check the IELTS result validity and you should plan to give IELTS a few months earlier than the application of your desired university opens and also the results will be valid for next two years so you can easily apply in maximum universities.

How many times can someone attempt IELTS test?

IELTS test has no bar on number of attempts. You can give the test multiple times. You can also give the test to improve your score even in the next closest available test dates.

If you are successful in improving your results, you can use the improved score result rather than the lower score result.

When should someone apply for IELTS test?

There is no fixed date to take IELTS since it completely depends on the individual when they plan to take it according to their future plans. However it is advised that once you have  decided to take IELTS book your slot by registering as early as possible because only fixed number of seats are available and they fill up quickly as the exam dates comes close. Earlier the better.

For Students in Pakistan, three or four tests are held each month in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore whereas one test per month is conducted for applicants living in Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Abbotabad, Peshawar, Gujrat, Quetta, Sargodha, Mirpur, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad.

How to register for IELTS and what information is required to fill up the form?

IELTS can be registered through either British Council or AEO Pakistan.

Register your IELTS through British Council by going to the following link :

You can choose between ‘Paper based IELTS test’ or ‘Computer based IELTS test’. The registration fee, syllabus, pattern and contents for both the tests is same. The main difference is that for paper based the test is done on a paper whereas for a computer based the test is conducted on a computer however the speaking test for both is done face to face.

It is recommended to choose ‘Paper based IELTS’ test if you are not good with computer skills because that will waste your time and time management is the most important aspect to get good score.

For registration through British Council:

  • 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
  • A valid identity document is required for successful registration. It can be either your ‘National identity card’ or ‘Passport’. You would also need to upload the picture of the same identity document of which number you have provided in the form.

For registration through AEO:

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.

What is the registration fee for IELTS?

IELTS  fee is not same for all the cities in Pakistan. Depending on which city you want to take the IELTS exam in, the registration fee is given below:

For registration through British Council:

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

For registration through 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

How long does it take to get the results?

It takes usually 13 days to get results of written IELTS test. The result can be viewed online on this link:

To view result you have to add test date, your date of birth, identification document number and candidate number provided to you on the confirmation page. A copy of the result will also be sent to your residential address. Incase of online IELTS test usually the result is obtained in 5-6 days.

What should i take to the examination hall?

On the day of the exam remember to take your identification document whichever you had mentioned while registering (either your CNIC or passport). This is the most important document. Apart from this take your payment receipt or your card with which you paid the fee if you paid it online. The confirmation letter is also necessary.

You can wear a watch if you want otherwise it is not necessary because the examination hall has sufficient clocks placed and are easily visible from wherever you are seated.

You can take your transparent water bottle with you but it is usually provided by the centre so you will be fine even if you don’t take it.

Will the stationary be provided or not?

The centre usually has stationary and they provide stationary if you do not have it but it is always better to have your own supplies (two pencils, sharpener,  eraser, pen) it saves you the time because asking for everything and then waiting for the staff to come to you will make you loose time. You can bring a transparent pouch with you to carry all the things. For the speaking test, no stationary is required and carry only identity document.

Always remember to :

  1. Confirm your center and carry your ID document.
  2. Reach the center on time to save yourself from any kind of inconvenience.
  3. Sleep well and eat before going for the exam because the tests will be long and there will be no breaks in between the listening, reading and writing tests.
  4. Leave your mobile phone or any kind of electronic device out of the examination center.
  5. Manage time! time management is the key to score good bands in every IELTS test.
  6. Listen to the instructions carefully given by the staff and also read the instructions carefully given on the question paper.
  7. Write your name, candidate number and any other required information clearly and neatly so it is easy to read.
  8. Seek help whenever needed. The invigilation staff is very helpful and tries to resolve the problems faced by candidates.
  9. Be confident and focused.