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IELTS Exam 2021: Dates, Results, Registration & Syllabus


Are you planning to attend the IELTS exams in 2021? If yes, here is everything you need to know about the IELTS dates, registration and syllabus. 

Choosing IELTS to study abroad is a massive advantage as IELTS is accepted globally by more than 10,000 education institutions. The IELTS exam is conducted by IDP Education Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. We already know that IELTS is the required English language exam to validate a candidate’s language proficiency to work, study or migrate abroad. So whether you plan to migrate to countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, you will have to qualify for the IELTS test. 

Apart from educational institutions, IELTS is also accepted as proof of English language proficiency in more than 9,000 organisations globally. The IELTS exam tests your skills in communication and your proficiency in the English language. In addition, the IELTS exam is accepted by immigration authorities worldwide, and it continues to play an important role to control migration numbers. 

IELTS Exam 2021 Registration

The first step towards your IELTS 2021 journey is your registration. For registration for the IELTS exam 2021, you have to visit the website. To apply for the IELTS 2021 exam, candidates must visit the registration link on the official British Council portal for IELTS. From the portal, candidates can apply for the type of test they want to attend, the date, the test location and other details. Then, you can make the payment with your credit card or debit card or a demand draft. 

The IELTS exam is available on 48 dates in one year with four times a month. The IELTS 2021 exam has no eligibility criteria and is open to candidates of all ages and backgrounds.

IELTS Exam 2021 Syllabus

As we already know, the IELTS exam consists of four sections. These four sections can evaluate the English language proficiency of the candidate. They are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

The IELTS 2021 test assesses the capability of the candidate in the above four sections. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. With IELTS training classes and preparation tips, candidates can quickly excel in the sections. The duration of the exam and the number of tasks are mentioned in the below table.

Section Reading Writing Speaking Listening
No of Tasks 3 paragraphs 2 paragraphs 3 parts 4 parts
Duration 60 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes 30 minutes

Types of IELTS Exam

There are two types of IELTS exams. They are IELTS Academic and IELTS General. The two exams are designed for candidates with different migration purposes. 

The IELTS Academic test is for candidates applying for higher education or professional registration abroad. This test assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education or work. It is the requirement for migration to many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test assesses skills in general contexts. 

However, universities and organisations may have different requirements, and you must ensure the IELTS score required. Since IELTS provides you with multiple opportunities to clear the test, you have chances to improve your IELTS exam score.   

IELTS Indicator 2021

IELTS has recently initiated an IELTS Indicator to support candidates impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. IELTS Indicator will assess your English language skills in all four areas- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking online. In addition, candidates can attend their IELTS test from their own homes. 

The IELTS Indicator test uses the same standards and formats as in other IELTS tests. The candidate will have a face-to-face session with an IELTS Examiner only for the speaking tests. Official IELTS Examiners will evaluate tests.

IELTS Mock Test 2021

There are mock tests available that will help for the IELTS 2021 exam. According to their exam mode, candidates can easily access free IELTS mock tests for both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests. The mock test contains all the four modules for preparation- IELTS Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

IELTS Results 2021

The IELTS 2021 results will be available approximately 13 days after the test date. The IELTS results can be accessed online via the candidate's IELTS registration account using the candidate's passport number and registration number.  IELTS scores are generally calculated on a 1-9 point scale. According to the score you receive, your proficiency in the English language will be assessed. With proper training, mock tests and self-preparation, your IELTS exam can be made easier!

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Blessy Babu is an English Language Associate with over seven years of experience teaching various language courses such as IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE, SAT, GRE & GMAT. She attained her Master’s Degree in English Literature along with a second Masters's in Counseling and Psychology. Besides, these master's degrees she gained an advanced diploma in creative writing, which perfectly enhances her writing skills. She has authored a book that contains multiple essay writing models to help learners boost their essay writing skills and styles.

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