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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year.

The test content for IELTS is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location.

You can take IELTS on computer (currently only in Kathmandu) and paper (six test locations - Biratnagar, Birtamode, Butwal, Chitwan, Kathmandu and Pokhkara). Depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future, you’ll have to make a choice between IELTS Academic or General Training module.

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IELTS test format

The IELTS test assesses you on all four skills of English language – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening, Reading and the Writing tests takes place on the same day without any breaks. (For IELTS on computer, you take these three components on computer).

You’re required to book a slot online for the Speaking test on a date and time of your preference. You’ll be allotted a slot automatically if you do not choose yours within the stipulated time.

The total time period for the test is under three hours. Here’s an overview of the test format and duration for each test:

Components Time duration Details
Listening 30 minutes You will have to listen to four recordings and then answer the questions asked. The recordings are of native English speakers
Reading 60 minutes The IELTS Reading test requires you to answer 40 questions and is designed to test you on an array of reading skills. You would have to read for gist, main ideas, details, logical arguments, skimming, and figuring out the writers’ attitudes, opinions and intentions.
Writing 60 minutes

The IELTS writing test requires you to complete two tasks and covers topics of general interest based on the module you are taking.

IELTS Academic comprises topics suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students

IELTS General Training module consists of excerpts on general topics from books, magazines, notices, company handbooks and guidelines that you are likely to face on a regular basis in an English speaking environment

Speaking 11-14 minutes The IELTS Speaking test assesses your spoken English skills. The test is recorded and conducted in three parts.

IELTS test dates

Here’s a quick overview of the IELTS test dates available in Nepal for IELTS on computer and paper. The availability of the test date may differ basis the test type and module you have opted for - Academic or General Training.

IELTS on computer Multiple test dates Two sessions a day
IELTS on paper 48 times a year Generally held on Saturdays and Thursdays to provide flexibility