What is IELTS Exam?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized and widely recognized English language assessment test for international education and global migration. It evaluates the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers, who wish to study in or migrate to countries, where English is the language of communication.
Established in 1989, IELTS is the world's most popular English language test. This language assessment test is developed by some of the world's leading language experts. It is designed to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and your effectiveness in using the language to study, work and live in an English-speaking country.

What is the importance of the IELTS Exam?

IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests across the globe with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. The IELTS certification is recognized by the UK, USA, AustraliaCanada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries across the globe. The certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organizations. The test is considered the standard for English language testing and their certification is recognized for both academic and immigration purposes. This test assesses the English language skills of a candidate by testing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Tests are available throughout the year in more than 1600 centers in over 140 countries. With IELTS scores, you can study in some of the best universities in Australia, top universities in Canada, USA, UK and New Zealand.

Types of IELTS exam

There are three types of IELTS Exam:
  • IELTS Academic Test (AC)
  • IELTS General Test (GT)
  • IELTS for UKVI

IELTS Academic Test

The IELTS Academic Test is an assessment to test if your English language skills meet international academic proficiency. This test is best suited for international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in an English-speaking environment and for those planning to move for professional registration.

IELTS General Test

The IELTS General Test is an assessment to test whether you possess adequate language skills for the workplace and social situations. People migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, those applying for secondary training programs and work experience in any English-speaking environment can opt for IELTS General test format.


IELTS for UKVI is the same as IELTS. The IELTS for UKVI is a government-approved Secure English Language Test (SLET). Students who need to prove their English language abilities for the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application purposes can opt for IELTS UKVI test format.


The IELTS exam can be taken
  • online (Computer-delivered IELTS)
  • offline (IELTS paper-based test).
The exam format for both modes is the same. The listening and speaking sections are the same for both academic and general, while the writing and reading sections differ slightly.

IELTS Date in Nepal 2022

The IELTS examination is conducted multiple times throughout the year. The candidate can choose an IELTS Exam Date date that is the most suitable for them. Students who wish to apply to universities abroad must take up the exam at least 3-4 months ahead of the university/college application deadline to avoid any delays in results.
Nepalese students can take up IELTS tests in six official IELTS test centres across Nepal, such as Birtamod, Biratnagar, Chitwan, Butwal, Kathmandu and Pokhara.