IELTS - International English Language Testing System

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recogniszed standardiszed English language test designed to assess the English language ability of the applicants who want to study or work in Germany.
The IELTS has two modules addressing two different target groups: The ‘Academic Training-Module’ is primarily designed for students, whereas the ‘General Training-Module’ predominantly addresses employed people who plan a stay-abroad.


The IELTS consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The IELTS test is for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Listening
    The Listening part consists of four audio clips that the applicant must listen to and answer questions about.
    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Reading
    The Reading section consists of three passages. The applicants are required to read and understand the passage and answer the questions asked.  You will be required to identify attitudes and perceptions, main theme and relevant information or to complete a diagram.
    Duration: 60 minutes

  • Writing
    The Writing section consists of 2 tasks.  The applicant is asked to compose a descriptive report of a table or diagram about 150 words and write an essay in response to a statement given, about 250 words.
    Duration: 60 minutes

  • Speaking
    The Speaking section consists of a face-to-face interview between the candidate and the examiner.  It requires the applicant to speak fluently, be grammatically correct, and communicate their opinions and ideas effectively and understandably.
    Duration: 10-15 minutes

Scoring and Results

IELTS scores
You will get a score based on each of the four parts, i.e.  Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, on a scale of 1 – 9. You will also be awarded an overall band score based on the average of all 4 parts. The scores will be given in a Test Report Form.

The IELTS 9-band scale

 Band score Skill level
 Band 9 Expert user
 Band 8 Very good user
 Band 7 Good user
 Band 6 Competent user
 Band 5 Modest user
 Band 4 Limited user
 Band 3 Extremely limited user
 Band 2 Intermittent user
 Band 1 Non-user

IELTS Examination Fees

The examination fee for the IELTS amounts to €215 in Germany as of 2014 and subject to change. Additional fee is charged for late registration, cancellation etc.


You need to choose whether you should take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Register online. Complete the IELTS Application form by entering all the required details and attach an identification proof. Then pay the fees. Acceptable forms of payment are by Credit Card, i.e. Visa or MasterCard, or by bank transfer. After the payment of fees, you’ll receive a summary email which you need to print out and sign. Send the proof of payment and other required documentation by post no later than 3 days after submitting the online application form.

British Council / IELTS Team
Alexanderplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany
T 49 (0) 30 311099 10 (Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00)
F 49 (0) 30 311099 20

Along with the application form you need to send a clear photocopy of the identification document (passport or ID card (for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals only). Later, you will receive the final email of confirmation.

Special arrangements

For Special test arrangements/ accommodation, the candidate must seek permission. These special sittings as a result of medical conditions or disabilities are made available only if the candidate provides the evidence to support the request.
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