Provide your English abilities: Everything you need to know about IELTS test

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Under Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and many other Provincial Nominee Programs, all Canadian Immigration Visa officers require that each applicant must prove their language abilities either in English or French.

In order to provide these language abilities, each candidate must take an international English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or a Canadian English language proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test. In this article, we won’t cover the details of French. Neither will we cover the details of the CELPIP program. Below, you can find everything you need to know regarding the most popular exam candidates give when trying to prove their English language proficiency.


The IELTS test is divided into four parts: Listening, Writing, Speaking and Reading. In total, the exam lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes. It should be completed in one day.

Listening – this part lasts 30 minutes. It consists of four audio short clips that you must carefully listen and then, answer questions related to them. The fours clip consists in one conversation between two people, a monologue, a conversation of four people and a lecture.

Writing – this part last 60 minutes. It consists in two tasks: in the first part you will need to write a descriptive report of a table or diagram and it should be 150 words long. In the second part, you will need to write an essay in response to a statement and it should be 250 words long.

Reading – this part last also 60 minutes. It consists of three short passages that you will need to read and answer questions about them. Usually, the texts are taken form book, newspapers journals etc.

Speaking – This part last only 10-15 minutes. It consists of a face-to-face interview between the applicant and the examiner.

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