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Language Preparation

Language Preparation

IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test for study, work, and migration purposes.

IELTS assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing, and speaking – in less than three hours.

Whether you take IELTS on paper or on computer, you can be confident that you are taking the same trusted English language test, with no differences in:

  • Content
  • Test timings
  • Structure
  • Marking
  • Question types
  • Security
  • Speaking test
  • Test Report Form

IELTS Overview

SNSectionsQuestions / ContentTimeBand Score
1.ListeningListening Section has four sections with ten questions each. You will hear conversations between two speakers and monologues. The recordings are played only once.

40 Questions

30  Minutes

(10 minutes to copy your answers to answer sheet)

2.Reading3 passages and 40 total questions

·         Multiple options

·         Identifying information

·         Fill in the blanks

·         Match the following/headings

·         Summarize paragraph

·         Give title to paragraph

·         Labeling the diagram etc.

1 Hour9
3.WritingTask 1: Here you will be given with a question checks how well do you understand a graph, chart, diagram, etc. and interpret the given data into words. (about 150 words)

Task2: Here you will be given with a question that will give you to think and then respond. (500words)

NOTE: You will be penalized for writing less number of words, but not if you write more than the required number of words.

1 Hour9
4.SpeakingYou will have particularly 3 sections

Section 1: General questions about you, family, work, education and interests. (4-5 minutes)

Section 2: You will be given a cue card and you have to talk about topic included for 1-2 minutes

Section 3: You will be asked several more questions regarding the same cue card

15 Minutes9

IELTS Grading

The overall band score is an average of each band’s scores including Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. For example:

A student with a Listening score- 6.5, Reading- 7.5, Writing- 6, and Speaking- 6.5 would get an overall band score of 6.5 (6.5+7.5+6+6.5 = 26.5/4).

The following table described the English language proficiency you have with respect to your band score.

Band scoreSkill levelDescription
Band 9Expert userYou have full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate, and fluent, and you show complete understanding.
Band 8Very good userYou have fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7Good userYou have operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally, you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Band 6Competent userGenerally, you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5Modest userYou have a partial command of the language and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.
Band 4Limited userYour basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.
Band 3Extremely limited userYou convey and understand the only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Band 2Intermittent userYou have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1Non-userYou have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Band 0Did not attempt the testYou did not answer the questions.


The test registration fee for IELTS is NRs. 19,500.

You may pay for a test using one of the methods below but before that make sure you have your passports ready in your hand. Under-18 test-takers will need to have their parent’s consent.

Please pay your IELTS Registration fee within 6 working days from the date of registration or before the registration closure date (9 days before the exam date) whichever is earlier.

Payment option in Nabil Bank

You can visit your nearest Nabil Bank’s branches in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Chitwan, Biratnagar, Bhairhawa, and Nepalgunj for making payment for IELTS.

Once you have made the payment deposit, you can scan the deposit slip along with a copy of your passport and send them to payment@britishcouncil.org. If they do not receive the email, you might not get a seat for the test.

The British Council will send you a payment receipt email once they have received the deposit slip along with your test date is confirmed. Finally, you will get an email confirming the venue of the test 5 days before the test date.

Payment option in British Council

Payment can also be made at the cash counter of the British Council in Lainchaur, Kathmandu (Opening hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday, Lunch break: 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm). You need to have your passport and a photocopy of it with you.

You will get an email to confirm your test venue 5 days before your test date.