IELTS Exam Eligibility 2022: Check Minimum Age Limit, Qualification & Score Required


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Piyush Kohli

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Updated on Feb 9, 2022 03:45 IST

As such, there are no minimum IELTS Eligibility criteria 2022 set by the conducting bodies like IDP and British Council for the IELTS Exam 2022. IELTS is a language proficiency test that is given by those candidates who wish to study in an English-speaking country and aim to gain global exposure. The medium of teaching in a majority of the colleges, universities, and educational institutions in the major English-speaking countries is the English language only. So, the candidates should have a basic understanding of the language in order to pursue their higher studies successfully. According to the IELTS Exam Pattern, the candidates are assessed on four parameters Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

What are the different formats of the IELTS Exam?

The IELTS Exam 2022 is conducted in two formats IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training Test. The IELTS Academic is given by those who wish to pursue higher studies in a foreign country, whereas the IELTS General Training Test is for those who want to go to major English-speaking countries for pursuing secondary education or gain work experience. Apart from this, it is also used for migration to major economies of the world like the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Moreover, a majority of the renowned educational institutes across the world require an IELTS total score of 7.0 band with section scores of 6.5 band as IELTS exam eligibility.

What is the minimum IELTS Score required by Top Universities?

Every university has a different set of requirements and its own set of guidelines for giving admissions. Also, all the universities have set different IELTS Eligibility Criteria which candidates need to fulfill for getting admitted. In addition to this, candidates should also match the other eligibility requirements set by the university or the educational institute where they are planning to enroll.

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What is the minimum age for giving IELTS Exam?

The minimum age for giving the IELTS exam is 16 years. Anyone over the age of 16 can give the IELTS Test irrespective of nationality or background. Exceptions can be made where the school requires IELTS Scores for admission. There is no age limit or eligibility criteria set by the ETS, the body that conducts this exam, but it is preferred that the aspirant should have crossed 16 years of age.

IELTS Test Pattern

IELTS Syllabus includes different sections, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The complete test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  • Listening: The total length of this section is 30 minutes and candidates have to answer different types of 40 questions.
  • Reading: The total time for this section is 30 minutes and it comprises almost 40 questions.
  • Writing: This section is of 60 minutes and includes two questions where candidates have to write a short essay of at least 250 words. Apart from this, candidates are given a table, diagram, or data which they have to explain in their own words.
  • Speaking: The overall length of this section varies from 11 to 14 minutes and candidates also go through a face-to-face interview. Through this section, it is monitored whether the candidates can communicate effectively in the country where they have applied.

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IELTS Eligibility FAQs

Still, need more clarity? Read IELTS frequently asked questions to understand everything about the IELTS and IELTS Eligibility.

Can I apply for the IELTS exam after the 12th standard?

One can attempt the IELTS exam after completing the 12th class. 

Is 12th marks important for taking IELTS?

As such there are no specific criteria set to appear for the IELTS exam. Also, there are no minimum marks or percentage criteria set to give the IELTS exam. Candidates need not have minimum scores in their high school to appear for the IELTS test.

Is there any minimum score needed to pass the IELTS test?

There is no minimum score required to pass the IELTS test. An IELTS result is calculated from band 1 to band 9 (highest). There is a 'band 0' score as well for those who had not attempted the test.

Are watches allowed in the IELTS test?

Test takers are not allowed to wear a watch in the IELTS test center. A clock is there in the test center, so, candidates can check the time there.

What is the age limit for IELTS?

There are no guidelines regarding the age of the test takers. There is no set IELTS exam eligibility for the age of the candidates. Anyone can take the IELTS test irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality, or religion, however, the IELTS test is not recommended for those below 16 years of age.

Can the IELTS test be completed in one day?

The Reading, Writing, and Listening tests are completed in one attempt on the same day. The Speaking test will be held even on the test day, or two days after the test date, or seven days before the test date depending on the arrangements done by the local IELTS test center.

What to do if the test taker falls sick on the test day?

If you are not attempting the test on the test date then you will lose your exam fee. If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date then you will receive a refund after deducting the local administrative cost.

Which IELTS section should be attempted first?

You have to attempt the Listening test first, followed by the Reading and Writing tests. The Speaking test will be held either on the same day or two days after the test date or seven days before the test date.

Can I prepare for the IELTS test at home?

Students looking to prepare for the IELTS test at home can refer to the IELTS Preparation Guide that includes strategies and IELTS Sample Papers to prepare for the exam without going for any coaching. Learn more about  how to prepare for IELTS at home here

Which IELTS coaching center is best?

You can check the list of best IELTS coaching center  here

What is a good IELTS band score?

Before giving the test candidates should know what is a good IELTS band score. You can check the list of complete band scores  here




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