Study in Canada - IELTS Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a global standardized test to check the proficiency in English language. University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council IDP Education Pty Ltd jointly manages IELTS.

What is IELTS?

  • IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.
  • It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
  • The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
  • This is important to understand in order to prepare for what is essentially an examination of British and not American English.


There are two versions of the IELTS exam: general and academic. Test-takers must know in advance which one is needed for their purposes as the scores are not interchangeable. Each test lasts two hours and forty-five minutes. Test takers are required to pay a fee for administration of the exam.

Broadly speaking, the IELTS is taken by those who wish to study, live, or work in a country where English is the primary language of communication. Specifically, the test is taken by three main categories of people:

  • those who want to study in an English-medium school, college, or university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • those who wish to apply for immigration to countries such as Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • those who need to demonstrate their English proficiency to meet the requirements of professional associations or regulatory bodies in various countries

Types of IELTS:  The Academic IELTS exam is the more advanced test. This version is generally used to determine whether candidates are qualified to enroll in undergraduate and graduate academic programs where English is the medium of instruction.

The General IELTS exam is the simpler test. It focuses on basic survival skills in social and educational contexts. It is generally requested for candidates applying for immigration, working in certain professions, or studying at a non-degree level.


TRAINING:  The training for IELTS is available at Career abroad office in Vadodara, Gujarat

IELTS REQUIREMENTS:  There are special requirements of IELTS for individuals having different levels of education.

 After High school the bands requirement should be overall 6 and not less than 6.0 bands in each module.

For student coming after graduation the bands requirement should be overall 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in any module

For nursing and higher technical programs the band requirement should be overall 6.5/7.0 and not less than 6 in each module.

  • Students with low IELTS can still apply for alternate options, to discuss further about your possibilities email your documents at


IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.

In all four skills are tested in IELTS. They are as follows: Writing, speaking, listening, and reading.

Yes, it does. It is International Test of English. However, most examiners in speaking are English or Australian and may not be familiar with every modern term.

Listening, reading and writing are all taken on same day. The speaking test can be taken either before, after or on the same day as the other skills test.

No. There is no break between reading, listening, writing test. They are all taken together and take a total of 2 hours and 40 minutes .So make sure you eat well and drink well before you take your test.

Yes, you can use pen/ pencil for your writing test. However, your listening and reading must be with pencil.(Don’t forget to take an eraser with you.)

No, you cannot wear a watch in my IELTS test. There will be clock on the wall so you can check the time.

You should contact your IELTS test center before the exam to let them know .They will adapt any colour pages/ illustrations for you in the test.

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