The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 10,000 organizations globally trust IELTS, so when you take the test, you can be confident that IELTS is recognized by most colleges, universities, employers, governments, and professional bodies in Canada, the US, the UK, and other English-speaking countries. 

IELTS Format and Structure

There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic, and General Training. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both tests, but the subject matter within the Reading and Writing sections differ depending on which test you take.

The IELTS has four sections, and each one is scored is on a scale of 0 to 9. The overall band score is the average score of the four test results.


You will listen to four different recordings of native English speakers, and then you will answers 40 questions based on what you hear. A variety of question formats are used, including: multiple choice; matching; plan, map, and diagram labelling; form, note, table, flowchart, and summary completion; short answer questions; and sentence completion. The Listening Test lasts approximately 30 minutes, but you will have an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question booklet to your answer sheet.


You will read three passages and answer 40 questions within 60 minutes. Each passage contains 13 or 14 questions. A wide variety of question types are used: multiple choice; identifying information; identifying the writer’s views/claims; matching information; matching headings; matching features; matching sentence endings; sentence completion; summary completion; and short-answer questions.


You will write two essays within 60 minutes. There are two tasks:

Task 1 (General) - you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter either requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal, or formal in style. The minimum length is 150 words.

Task 1 (Academic) - 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, the stages of a process, how something works, or an object or event. The minimum length for this section is 150 words.

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 written in a formal style. The minimum length is 250 words.


The Speaking test is presented as interview between the test taker and an examiner. All Speaking tests are recorded. The test lasts 11 to 14 minutes. There are three parts to the test and each part fulfils a specific function in terms of interaction pattern, task input, and test taker’s output.

Course Description

IELTS Preparation

Icon English IELTS Preparation courses will introduce you to the structure of the IELTS exam and equip you with strategies for each test component. Our courses feature small class sizes, allowing students the chance to receive a personal and tailored learning experience. The course will help you identify common errors and give you the necessary skills you need to avoid repeating mistakes on the day of your test. Our IELTS learning materials will get you acquainted with the test format while also improving your confidence in writing, speaking, reading, and listening in English. Study with official practice test materials and receive feedback from your experienced IELTS instructor. Prepare for your IELTS test day in the best way possible, and guarantee better results through practice and revision.

IELTS Prep courses are for:

• Students who are applying to a university program but need to meet certain language requirements

• Adults who plan to immigrate to an English-speaking country

Level 1 Pre-IELTS

This level is designed for those who plan to take the IELTS in one year and achieve Band 5.

Level 2 IELTS Intensive

This level is designed for those who plan to take the IELTS in six months and achieve Band 6.  

Level 3 IELTS Mastery

This level is designed for those who are going to take the IELTS in two or three months and need to achieve Band 7 and above.