IELTS (INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM)
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through expert (band score 9).
The IELTS score is accepted by more than 6000 institutions over 135 countries. There are two versions of IELTS, one is the Academic module and the other is the General Training module. The Academic module is for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and the General Training module is for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS tests are held 2 times a month for Academic module and 1 time a month for General Training module in Nepal in test centers in Pokhara, Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Birtamod, Chitwan and Butwal.
There are four parts of the IELTS test that takes total of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Listening test takes approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time), Reading test takes exactly 60 minutes, Writing test takes exactly 60 minutes and Speaking test takes 11-14 minutes. Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting while Speaking test may be carried out on the same day or another day. There are no limit on sitting in the tests. The tests are only paper-based.
IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
How IELTS is scored and its validity
IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9(the highest).
The IELTS scale
|Band score||Skill level||Description|
|9||Expert user||The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.|
|8||Very good user||The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.|
|7||Good user||The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.|
|The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|5||Modest user||The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.|
|4||Limited user||The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.|
|3||Extremely limited user||The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.|
|2||Intermittent user||The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|1||Non-user||The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.|
|0||Did not attempt the test||The test taker did not answer the questions.|
Candidates will receive their Test Report Form in 13 days after the test date.
Scores are valid for two years. One can apply for an enquiry on results procedure within 6 weeks of the test date. You pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes.
Classes at TSN
Six weeks of regular classes (Sun-Thurs) and mock tests once a week. Classes run from 12pm to 5pm every working day.
Enrollment and Payment
You can refer to this link to directly register for your IELTS exam
NPR 19,500 per test for Academic module.
NPR 19,500 per test for General Training module.