Competitive Exam Preparation

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test. IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations worldwide.  IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1,100 test centres and locations in over 140 countries.
IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures.IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

In IELTS, there are four papers:

There are two different IELTS modules:

The Speaking and Listening tests are the same in both modules, but the Reading and Writing tests are different.

Academic module

Choose this if you wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, or if you are seeking professional registration, e.g. doctors and nurses. 

General Training module

Choose this if you wish to migrate to an English-speaking country, (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK) or if you wish to train or study at below degree level.

What's in the exam?

Paper Content Approximate Time
Listening 40 questions Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
Reading 40 questions 60 minutes
Writing 2 Tasks 60 minutes
Speaking 3 Parts 11–14 minutes

IELTS is available on 48 dates during the year:

Go to the IELTS website to find IELTS test dates


TOEFL-The Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) is a standardized test that measures the English proficiency of students who wish to enter college and university programs where English is the language of instruction. The TOEFL is also a requirement of many employers. The TOEFL is produced and administrated by educational testing services, a professional test development organization in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
The Internet -based TOEFL IBT was introduced in 2005. The TOEFL IBT replaced the computer –based test (CBT) and the paper based test (PBT). The TOEFL IBT has four sections, which assess reading, listening, speaking and writing. The test is approximately four hours long, with one ten-minute break following the listening section.


Section Content Number Of Questions Approximate Time
Reading 3-5 Passages
(12-14 questions each)
36-70 60-100 minutes
Listening 2-3 conversations
6-6 Lectures
(5-6 Conversations each)
34-51 60-90 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 2 independent tasks
4 integrated -skills tasks
6 20 minutes
Writing 1 integrated -skills task
1 independent task
2 55 minutes

In the reading section, test takers read three to five passages and answer questions about them. In the listening section, they listen to two or three conversations and four to six lectures and then answer questions about them. In the speaking section, test takers speak in response to two questions about their own experience and four questions about texts that they listen to or read during the test. In the writing section, test takers complete two writing tasks. One task is about a reading passage and a lecture, and the other is an essay question about a general topic.

The major differences between the TOEFL IBT and previous versions of test are:

The content of the TOEFL IBT reflects the language used in real college and university settings. Reading passages are similar to those in textbooks and other course materials. Listening content includes conversations, lectures, and discussions about campus situations and academic topics.
The speaking and Writing sections include some tasks that combine skills. For example, a test taker will read a passage, listen to a lecture, and then write or speak in response. The integrated –skills tasks reflect how people use language in real life. They are a useful measure of how well prospective students will be able to communicate in an English Speaking environment.


Section Number of questions Raw Points Per Correct Answer Raw points possible Scaled section score
Reading 36-42 4-Jan 40-46 0-30
Listening 34 2-Jan 34-36 0-30
Speaking 6 4-Jan 24 0-30
Writing 2 5-Jan 10 0-30
Total Score 0-120


IELTS &TOEFL Classes at ACE English School are conducted by British Council trained trainer who has 18 years experience. All lessons include new methods and techniques targeted towards all four modules in order to achieve high band score. We have a six week and a four week course which takes you through a complete guidance to the exam.