IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System which is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates who want to either study or work in a country where English is the main language of communication.

The exam measures the ability to communicate in the four (4) basic English language skills:  1 listening, 2 writing, 3 speaking and 4 reading.

The IELTS test is developed by language specialists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA. The exam is jointly owned and conducted by IDP Education Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The test is graded on a 9-band scale, with 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The test is recognized for migration across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are taken on the same day, one after the other with no break. The Speaking test can be booked online on a preferred date and time.

If you are interested in taking the IELTS exam, you need to register online on the official website of IDP IELTS or British Council IELTS. You need to fill in your personal details, upload a scanned copy of your passport or national identity card, choose your preferred test date and location and the registration fee will be approx. INR 14,700.

You can prepare for the IELTS exam by using various online and offline resources. Some of the online resources are:
IELTS Official Website: This website provides free practice tests, sample questions, tips and advice for all 4 skills.
IELTS Essentials from IDP: This website offers free practice materials, webinars, videos, podcasts and blogs to help you prepare for the test.
IELTS Practice from British Council: This website has free online courses, mock tests, videos, apps and books to help you improve your skills.
 Some of the offline resources are:
IELTS Official Practice Materials: These are books and CDs that contain perfect practice tests with answers and explanations.
IELTS Preparation Books: These are books that cover the test format, strategies, tips, and practice exercises for each skill.

Some of the popular books are Cambridge IELTS Series, The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS.
IELTS Coaching Classes: These are classes that provide guidance, feedback, and mock tests from experienced trainers.

What Is the Minimum Score Required for IELTS?

Well, as far as IELTS score is concerned the minimum score required for IELTS depends on the purpose and the destination of your test.

Different universities, countries, and organizations may have different requirements for the minimum IELTS band score. Generally, the minimum score ranges from 5.5 to 7.5, depending on the level and type of course or program you are applying for.

For example, some of the top universities in the United States (US) require a minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 or higher. For immigration to Canada, you need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or higher for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. For scholarships, you may need a higher score than the minimum requirement of the university /organization.

You can check the specific minimum score required for your desired destination on their official website or contact them directly for more information. You can also use the online tool on the IELTS official website to find out the minimum score required for different institutions and organizations around the world3. You should aim to achieve a higher score than the minimum requirement to increase your chances of success.

How Is the IELTS Score Calculated?

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is calculated by converting the raw scores of each module (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) into band scores and then taking the average of the 4 band scores.

The raw score is the number of correct answers out of 40 questions in the Listening and Reading modules and the performance-based assessment in the writing and speaking modules. The band score is a scale from 0 to 9, with 0.5 increments, that reflects the level of English proficiency.

The overall band score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as per the IELTS rules.

For example, if you get 30 correct answers out of 40 in the listening module, your raw score is 30 and your band score is 7.52. Similarly, if you get 25 correct answers out of 40 in the reading module (academic), your raw score is 25 and your band score is 6.52. If you get a band score of 6 in the writing module and a band score of 7 in the speaking module, your overall band score is calculated as follows:

(7.5 + 6.5 + 6 + 7) / 4 = 6.75

Since this is exactly between 6.5 and 7, your overall band score is rounded up to 71.

You can use online tools such as IELTS Calculator or IELTS Score Calculator to estimate your band scores and overall score based on your raw scores or expected scores. However, these are only indicative and not official scores. The official scores are determined by the IELTS test centers and may vary slightly from the online calculators.

How Long are the IELTS Scores Valid For?

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score validity is for a period of *2 years* from the date of issue of the test result. The IELTS system automatically deactivates the test result when it reaches its 2nd year. The 2-year validity of IELTS is based upon the phenomenon of second language loss. This means that your English language skills may contort (go down) if you do not use them regularly. Therefore, most universities, countries, and organizations require a recent IELTS score to assess your current level of English proficiency.

However, some institutions or organizations may have different requirements for the validity period of IELTS scores. For example, some universities in the UK accept IELTS scores that are up to five years old, provided that you have used English continuously since taking the test.

You should always check with the specific institution or organization that you are applying to for their IELTS score validity policy.

You can also use the online tool on the IELTS official website to find out the minimum score and validity period required for different institutions and organizations around the world.

I hope my blog Edulengua.com helped you to understand how the IELTS score is calculated. If you have any more questions, please feel free to write to us Email: edulengua2@gmail.com

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