Examination > IELTS

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want
to study or migrate where English is the language of communication

SMEAG IELTS Cebu Philippines
  • IELTS is owned by three reputable, international organizations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). / Over 3,000 institutions and programs in the USA accept IELTS scores as proof of English Language skills
  • IELTS has been developed in close consultation with immigration authorities from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and many other countries

1. Test format

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic and General Modules. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but only differ in the Reading and Writing modules

  • Academic Module : The Academic Module is for those who want to study in an English-speaking university or Institution (e.g. Austrailia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, US). Admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the Academic Modules result
  • General Module : Focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand for employment must take the General Module test
Listening Reading Writing Speaking
4 Sections ( 40 Items )30 minutes 3 Sections ( 40 Items )60 minutes 2 Tasks ( 150 & 250 words )30 minutes 4 Sections ( 40 Items )30 minutes


In the Listening Section, a variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once

  • Time : Approximately 30 minutes
  • Questions : 40 questions
  • Question types: chosen from the following: multiple choice, note completion, table, flow-chart completion, summary completion of short-answer questions
  • Test Parts
Section 1 Everyday social contexttravel, accommodation agency and local facilities A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context
Section 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context
Section 3 Educational contexta research project, University lecture A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context
Section 4 A monologue on an academic subject


Timing 11 ~ 14 minutes
Criteria for Marking
  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation
Test Parts There are 3 parts. The speaking test is a 3-part face-to-face oral interview with an examiner. (The Speaking test is recorded)
Part 1( 4 ~ 5 minutes )
Introduction and interview
  • The examiner introduces him/herself and asks the candidate to introduce him/herself and confirm his/her identity
  • The examiner asks the candidate general questions on familiar topics (e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests)
Part 2( 3 ~ 4 minutes )
Individual long turn
  • The examiner gives the candidate a task card and the candidate is given 1 minute to prepare their talk
  • The candidate talks for 1 ~ 2 minutes on the topic
Part 3( 4 ~ 5 minutes )
Two-way discussion
  • The examiner asks further questions which are associated with Part 2 topic. These questions give the candidate an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas


In the Reading Section, 60 minutes is given with no additional time given to transfer your answers to your answer sheet

  • Time : 60 minutes
  • Questions : 40 questions
  • Test Parts : There are 3 sections (The total text length is 2,150~2,750 words)
Academic Module
Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers
  • They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest. If tests contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided
  • Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration
General Module
Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers
  • Section 1. Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country
    (consisting of 6-8 short texts related per topic)
  • Section 2. Factual texts focusing on work-related issues
    (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, workplace facilities, staff development and training)
  • Section 3. Contains a longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest


Time 60 minutes
Tasks There are 2 tasks. Task 1 requires a minimum of 150 words, Task 2 requires a minimum of 250 words
  • task achievement, response
  • coherence and cohesion
  • lexical resource
  • grammatical range and accuracy
  • Candidates are assessed on their performance on each task by certified IELTS examiners according to the four criteria
  • You can check further information on www.ielts.org website
Academic Module
  • Task 1. Graph, Table, Chart or Diagram, describe the stages of process or procedure etc
  • Task 2. Present a solution to a problem or present and justify an opinion etc
General Module
  • Task 1. Express needs, wants, likes and dislikes, express opinions etc
  • Task 2. Present a solution to a problem or to present and justify an opinion etc

2. Scoring of the Test

  • IELTS is designed to assess English language skills in all 4 areas. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)
  • Results are issued 13 days after the test. Candidates can check their results on the internet on the 13th day; results are mailed on the 13th day. (The validity of the test report form is only good for two years)

3. Accessible Exam Date, Exam Test Center

  • IELTS Exam is offered up to four times a month in more than 800 centers in 125 countries
  • To find out test dates in your area, please contact your nearest IELTS test centre
  • A list of all IELTS test centres worldwide and exam information is available at www.ielts.org

4. Cebu, Philippines IELTS Testing Venue in 2013

  • Parklane Hotel ( British Council )
  • Marriot Hotel ( IDP )
  • SMEAG Education ( British Council )
  • The Testing venue can be changed in some instances. The test centre will give you the confirmation of the test date and time by mail or through phone call one week before the exam