IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. This is the world’s most popular and high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration. These IELTS 2017 results will be recognized by more than 9000 organisations including education institutions, employers, professional associations and governments in about 135 countries all over the world. Scroll down to check the IELTS syllabus.

The content of IELTS test is developed by an International team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased. We can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General training depending on the organisation we are applying to.

IELTS 2017 Syllabus, Exam Dates & Sample Test Materials

Unlike other tests IELTS provides a quiet room for any individual to deserve a fair chance to do and so our best. This also recognises that people have different approaches to answer the same question, for example we can answer the same question in either writing section or in reading section based on our convince.

Now it opens doors, creating opportunities for candidates in India, the following information helps a lot in building your future in aboard. This article contains all important and required information for the candidates who are searching for a perfect guidance for their future career in abroad.

In order to take IELTS 2017 test the candidates must register either through online or by post. To register, please follow the simple steps below:

IELTS 2017 Syllabus, Exam Dates & Sample Test Materials
IELTS 2017 Syllabus, Exam Dates & Sample Test Materials

Read the important information:

All the candidates are requested to read this whole article as it contains all the details regarding test formats, question types, etc. Note that IELTS is not for the candidates below age of 16.

Choosing version wisely that suits you:

The IELTS test is of two different versions.

  • IELTS Academic which is recommended for candidates who are planning to undertake academic study.
  • IELTS General Training which is recommended for candidates who wish work related training.

Checking for test dates:

As already discussed the IELTS 2017  is very popular and has a huge demand so we request you to register a month prior before taking the test for better seat allotment.


The registration fees for test dates up to march 31st is INR 11300, and the process is of two modes:

  • Online registration
  • Registration through post/courier.

Required documents:

The online process doesn’t require any documents to be submitted or uploaded, but the offline application required completely filled IELTS application along with DD.

After registration:

After registration and successful fee payment, candidates will receive a mail from IELTS confirming your registration and 10 days from then the candidates receive a booklet for IELTS preparation to the address that is mentioned in the application form.

ILETS Test Format & Syllabus:

This is to test all the four language skills i.e., speaking, reading, writing and listening. All the four tests will be conducted on the same day (depending on the centre) one after the other.The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The total time duration for all the four test will be2 hours and 45 minutes i.e., one has to complete all the tests within the allotted time.


Time Duration: 30 minutes

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

Reading :

Time Duration: 60 minutes

The Reading component consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

IELTS Academic test -This test includes 3 long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS General Training test – this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.

Academic Writing:

Time Duration: 60 minutes

IELTS Academic test

Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

  • Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

IELTS General Training

Topics are of general interest. There are 2 tasks:

  • Task 1 – you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
  • Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.


Time Duration: 1114 minutes

The speaking component assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded. Check out the 3 parts

  • Part 1 – The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2  – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

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