IELTS test takers have to prepare well to score the 7-7.5 bandwidth requirement of most Universities and organizations around the world.

Use the following guidelines to determine that you plan and prepare well for the IELTS.

Avigna Learning Academy has compiled this list of FAQs for Indian students taking the IELTS.This list contains general information as well as test content related information.

These are queries posed by candidates when they come to Avigna Learning Academy for coaching for IELTS. Our counsellors and trainers make sure the candidate has all information before they register for the IELTS


  1. How many types of IELTS tests are there?

 There are 2 types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training

A new IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration) has been introduced from 2015 onwards only for immigration purposes. This is called IELTS Life Skills.

  1. How do I determine whether to choose IELTS Academic or IELTS General training?

            First of all check with the organizations and Universities that are giving you admission or work. Check also with the visa authorities. Once you are sure which test to take, only then should you register for the test.

  1. What is the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General training?

              IELTS Academic is taken when you go to an English speaking country for higher studies or if you are joining a professional organization.

IELTS General Training is taken when you are going to an English Speaking country for a non-degree course or for work or visa requirement.

However, as mentioned above, ask the organization you are registering with on which test to take.

The content of both tests are not the same.

For IELTS General Training, the writing and readingsections are different from that of the IELTS Academic test.

The Reading section in IELTS General Training has less difficult content than the IELTS Academic.

The Writing test in the IELTS General Training asks you to write a letter instead of the description of an image or process as is given in the IELTS Academic.


  1. Is there any age limit for writing the IELTS?


No, there is no age limit but candidates under 16 years are not encouraged to write the test.


  1. How do I register for the test in India?

              Find all registration information here:



The British Council and IDP websites will also give you test availability dates and location details

  1. What is the cost of registering for the test?

INR 12,100 (Indian Rupees) —current rate in December 2017.Please check website for updates.


  1. Canwe prepone/postpone a test?

Yes, only if you inform the test administrators 5 weeks in advance through an e-mail. No SMS or   phone calls or even in-person contact is accepted.

 An extra administrative cost of 25% will be charged for rescheduling the IELTS test date

  1. Will I get a refund if I cancel the test?

If you inform in writing 5 weeks before the test date then a refund is possible with a deduction of 25% for admin charges. If you inform later than that, no refund is possible.


  1. If I fail to get the required score for the IELTS can I resit the test? How many times can I resit the test?

You can resit the test.There are no restrictions on the number of times you can resit the tests.

10.For how many years are my test scores valid?

For 2 years




  1. What is a good IELTS score?

Most accepted score all over the world is 7-7.5 bandwidth. However, see if your University or organization is flexible to accept a lower score.

  1. If I do not get the required score, can I resit the IELTS?

 Yes, technically you   can. However, we would advise you to analyse why you failed to achieve the required score.  Take steps on improving your score and then re-apply for re-sitting the test. At Avigna Learning Academy we have seen a large number of students retaking the IELTS as many as 8-9 times. This involves a lot of frustration and waste of time and money.

Please register for a re-test only if you are confident of scoring higher

  1. What are my options if I fail to get the required band-width in IELTS many times?

Many times the University you have applied to will accept lower scores if you have a strong Academic background or work experience.

Alternatively, you can look for schools that will accept lower scores.

You can also see if there are alternative tests like OET and PTE that you can take to get into the country of your choice. The OET and PTE are mostly accepted in Australia and New Zealand and getting slowly accepted inother countries as well. The OET and PTE are by and large considered by students easier tests to take and score in.

Sometimes different countries can give you other English tests accepted by their organizations which may be easier to take, like Cambridge English or Canadian English Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

However, these tests may be applicable only to certain kinds of visas.

 Do check thoroughly all your options, before giving up.

Taking the TOEFL is another option since the TOEFL iBT is accepted all over the world. However, if you have been unable to clear the IELTS then it is unlikely you will clear the TOEFL iBT either since the content and scoring is of a similar level to that of the IELTS

  1. Do I need to take coaching before taking the IELTS?

It is better to take coaching for IELTS because of the following reasons:

  • You will get familiar with the test format and scoring pattern
  • You will get genuine feedback on subjective sections like the Writing Test and Speaking Test sections of the IELTS.
  • You will be able to improve on your weak areas so that you will be able to get the required band width in your first sitting of the IELTS
  • You will learn to finish the test in the allotted time—this is an area many candidates struggle with

Needless to say, our trainers at Avigna Learning Academy make sure each candidate gets each of the above benefits.

  1. How much time is required to prepare for the IELTS?

          If you are a regular user of English, that is if you have studied in an English medium school/college and use English in everyday life, then 1-2 months of an hour each day will be sufficient.

 If you are familiar with English but are making many grammatical errors and struggle with writing and speaking English, then 3-4 months of IELTS training is required

If you are a beginner user of English and are unfamiliar with English, then take up a course in general English for about a year with a private tutor before you start training for the IELTS.

  1. Is it important to take up a full length practice test before the final IELTS test date?

We would advise you to take 3-4 full length mock tests or practice tests before the final IELTS test date, so that you can see how you will fare in the test under the pressure of time and in an exam environment.

  1. Which sections of the IELTS is considered most difficult?

The Writing and Speaking sections are considered by most candidates as very difficult. This is because you have to understand the task given and speak and write without making many errors within a certain time limit.

The Writing test is especially tough for many candidates because in an hour they have to do 2 tasks after understanding the essay or task prompts. Structuring an essay and writing within the word limits given poses a challenge for even students proficient in English.

  1. Do I need to have a British accent while undertaking the speaking tasks?

 No.You will be judged on your task completion, clarity and coherence of thought and good expressions in the English language. As long as you have a neutral accent that is understood by most people then you should be okay. If you have a strong mother tongue influence on your pronunciations —such that your friends are unable to understand at all, then work on getting a neutral accent.


  1. If I am not satisfied with my final score, can I ask for re-evaluation?

Yes you can.You will have to pay additional charges for each section that you want to re-mark. You also need to apply for re-mark within 6 weeks of the day you got your final score.


  1. Are there restrictions on what I am allowed to take on the test day?

Yes. You can only take your ID (passport) and pencil and eraser into the exam room.





December 10, 2017


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