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IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardized test that uses the Knowledge of English by non-native speakers measures. It was developed in England over 25 years ago. It is now used by many universities around the world, including the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada Proof of proficiency in English accepted within the framework of university admission. The IELTS (also known colloquially as the IELTS test) is a joint product of the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the Cambridge English Language Assessmentwho is also responsible for the CAE and the CPE.

Trial versions of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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Good preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is half the battle and brings studying abroad one step closer.

There are two IELTS versions:

Applicants to study abroad must usually have the IELTS Academic complete. The IELTS General Training is mainly used in the area of ​​immigration.

For this reason, this text in the following refers exclusively to the IELTS Academic.

Exam content and test structure of the IELTS

The IELTS Academic examines the four areas of competence:

  • Listening comprehension (Listening)
  • Read (Reading)
  • Write (Writing)
  • Speak (Speaking).

The IELTS lasts in total about 2 hours and 45 minutes.


The unit for Listening takes 30 minutes. Here the test participants hear different Voice recordings from everyday situations and university contexts and then answer questions about it. There are different types of questions, including multiple choice, the completion of sentences, tables or texts and questions that require a freely formulated answer.


The examination unit in the area Reading takes 60 minutes. There are three longer texts to read from books, magazines or newspapers no special knowledge require a specific area. As in the listening comprehension unit, the participants then have to answer questions of various kinds about the texts.


The examination unit for Writing is also 60 minutes long and consists of two tasks. The first task is to describe, summarize, or explain the information in a figure, table, or diagram. The second task requires that Writing an essay to a point of view, an argument or a problem.


The test section for Speaking takes 11 to 14 minutes and is divided into three sections. First, participants answer general questions from the examiner about everyday topics such as home, family, work, studies, and interests. After that is short to give a lecture on a specific topicbefore further questions are asked in the last part on this topic.

When the exam in the area Speaking takes place, depends on the test center in which the IELTS is taken. It takes place either on the same day as the exam in the other areas or within a week before or after the exam date.

IELTS rating scale

Each of the four test areas is based on one Scale from 1 (low) to 9 (high) Points rated. The total score (Overall band score) results from the average of the four individual points.

Similar to the TOEFL, there is no "passed" or "failed" in the IELTS. All universities set their own requirements for the applicant's score. So here you have to inform yourself in advance in each individual case.

It is possible to take the IELTS to repeat as often as you liketo improve the number of points achieved. There is no "blocking time" between the individual attempts.

The IELTS result has no fixed limit Validity period. However, the organizers recommend universities to only use the results two years long to be recognized. Here, too, it is advisable to find out about the conditions of the respective university of your choice in individual cases before taking the test again.

Preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

In order to achieve the best possible result, it is advisable to prepare for the IELTS beforehand. This also applies if the English language skills are already very good. In addition to language skills, a good understanding of the test structure and the requirements can also influence the result. The British Council offers several on the official IELTS website Learning aids for preparation on the IELTS. For example, some practice questions and online tools are available free of charge. There are also more detailed learning materials for a fee.

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IELTS test centers and exam dates

There are numerous test centers around the world where interested parties can take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) can drop. In Germany, the test is administered and can be administered by the British Council in 14 German cities be filed. There are also a number of test centers in Austria and Switzerland.

The official IELTS website provides an overview of all test centers and upcoming exam dates. This is also where the Registration. The registration period ends approximately one week before the respective exam date. However, it is advisable to register early because, depending on the time of year and location, the exam dates can quickly be fully booked.

When planning the exam date, you should also use the Take into account deadlines of the universitiesto whom the test results are to be sent. The test results are usually available less than two weeks after the test.

Costs and payment options

The cost of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) differ depending on the country in which the test is to be taken.

  • In Germany the fee is currently EUR 215.
  • In Austria, test participants pay EUR 200.
  • In Switzerland the cost is CHF 335.

The payment of the fees is in Germany and Austria by credit card or bank transfer possible, in Switzerland there is still the possibility to Payment via post office.

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