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IELTS Training - Offered as Complimentary Services by Kansas Overseas

Get to know what IELTS is all about. Kansas Overseas can help you get the IELTS score you need. For free.

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With 379 million speakers globally, English is among the most spoken languages worldwide. However, it can get difficult to prove your proficiency in the language if you are not from an English-speaking country. IELTS is one of the standardized tests - accepted globally - that can assess your proficiency in the English language. 

The process of preparing and appearing for the IELTS can be quite expensive and time-consuming. With the complimentary IELTS Training services offered by Kansas Overseas - as part of our comprehensive and complete immigration services - you can achieve the best IELTS score.

A majority of countries nowadays follow a standardized process to assess the applications for immigration. Language proficiency test is one such major criteria for evaluating the applications. IELTS is a widely accepted test that many countries rely on. Read on to know everything about the IELTS exam and how to prepare for it.

What is IELTS?

IELTS is short for the International English Language Testing System. Developed to provide an accurate assessment of an individual’s English language proficiency, IELTS is unbiased and fair to all, irrespective of their background. 

IELTS test questions are developed by language specialists from - the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The test content of IELTS reflects the English language generally spoken in everyday life situations. There are four sections in IELTS - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

Why do I need IELTS?

As one of the standardized tests of the English language, IELTS is specifically designed to help you migrate to, or work or study in a country that has English as the native language. Such countries include, among others - Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  

A high level of English language ability will have to be established for you to be able to work, live, or study in an English-speaking country. The ability to effectively communicate in the native language of a country can open up a wide range of benefits for you. Better integration into the society as well as enhanced job opportunities are part of the advantages. 

IELTS is the most commonly opted-for language test by those planning to migrate to Australia, migrate to Canada, migrate to the UK, or migrate to New Zealand. 11,000+ employers, immigration bodies, and universities across the world accept IELTS scores. 3,400 institutions in the US also accept IELTS as proof of an individual’s English language ability.

How is IELTS scored?

IELTS is scored by grading on a scale. The IELTS band score can be anywhere between Band 1 to Band 9. IELTS assesses your ability to listen, read, write as well as speak in English. Each of the bands reflects a test taker’s overall ability in the English language.

All of the four abilities assessed in IELTS - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - are allotted their individual band scores. 

IELTS - The Proficiency Level behind the Bands 

Overall Band Score 

Skill Level 


Band 9 


  • Fully operational command
  • Complete understanding 
  • Use of English is fluent, accurate, and appropriate

Band 8

Very good

  • Fully operational command
  • Can handle argumentation 
  • Occasional inappropriate usage and unsystematic inaccuracies 
  • Might misunderstand in unfamiliar settings

Band 7


  • Operational command
  • Understand detailed reasoning 
  • Handle complex language well
  • Occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings

Band 6 


  • Effective command
  • Can use and understand fairly complex language 
  • Some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage, and misunderstandings

Band 5 


  • Partial command 
  • Can handle basic communication
  • Likely to make mistakes

Band 4 


  • Competence limited to familiar situations 
  • Not able to use complex language
  • Frequently show problems in understanding and expression

Band 3 

Extremely limited 

  • Conveys and is able to understand only general meaning (in very familiar situations)
  • Frequent breakdowns in communication 

Band 2 


Has great difficulty in understanding

Band 1


Unable to use the language, except for a few isolated words 

Band 0 

Did not attempt 

Did not answer the questions

What IELTS score do I need?

The IELTS score that you should aim for will be as per your reason for appearing for the test. Each of the immigration bodies, universities, institutions or workplaces have their own IELTS score requirements. The higher that you score in IELTS, the more possibilities and options open up before you in terms of migrating overseas, studying abroad, and working overseas

For example, Canada immigration usually requires an overall IELTS Band 7. The University of Oxford has an IELTS requirement of Band 6.5 and Band 7.0 for graduate admissions and undergraduate admissions respectively.

How many types of IELTS are available?

There are two IELTS test types - IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. While both test types for IELTS assess your English language skills in all the four language abilities, the IELTS test that you must appear for will be as per your reason for taking the IELTS. 

The difference between IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic is in the Reading and Writing tests. All that appear for the IELTS take the same IELTS Listening and IELTS Speaking tests. It is the IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing tests that differ between the two test types available. 

The three sections - Listening, Reading, and Writing are completed the same day. The Speaking module can be done up to a week either before or after the other IELTS tests. The total IELTS duration comes up to 2 hours and 45 minutes

Always ensure that you appear for the correct IELTS test, as per your individual requirements for undergoing English language testing.

What is IELTS General Training?

[Recommended for immigration or working overseas] 

Features English language skills that you might need in everyday encounters in social settings or workplace encounters. 

IELTS General Training will be required for - 

  • Migrate to Canada
  • Migrate to Australia
  • Migrate to the UK
  • Migrate to New Zealand
  • Study abroad at the undergraduate level

This test type can also be taken for employment training or work experience. 

IELTS General Training - Test Format 

  • Listening: 30 minutes, 40 questions 
  • Reading*: 60 minutes, 40 questions 
  • Writing*: 60 minutes, 2 tasks
  • Speaking: 11 to 14 minutes, 3 parts 

*These modules are different between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

What is IELTS Academic?

[For study abroad]

As the name suggests, IELTS Academic features vocabulary that can be expected within an academic setting. IELTS Academic measures whether or not you can begin to study abroad in the English language and is suited for international students intending to study for their higher education abroad or in an English-speaking environment. 

IELTS Academic might also be taken for the purposes of professional registration. 

IELTS Academic - Test Format

  • Listening: 30 minutes, 40 questions
  • Reading*: 60 minutes, 40 questions
  • Writing*: 60 minutes, 2 tasks
  • Speaking: 11 to 14 minutes, 3 parts 

*These modules are different between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 

Which IELTS is right for me?

IELTS General Training

  • Immigration - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK
  • Work overseas 
  • Study abroad (undergraduate level)

IELTS Academic

  • Study abroad (higher education)
  • Professional registration

Who conducts IELTS?

IELTS is jointly owned by - the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. IDP or International Development Program is a global educational institution. The British Council is a UK-based organization that specializes in educational opportunities and international culture. While these two institutions jointly manage the test, IELTS is designed by Cambridge University.

Both the organizations conduct the same test on the same date to maintain uniformity. There is no difference in the marking system as well.

Which countries accept IELTS scores?

Countries that will accept your immigration application with IELTS include - 

  • Canada
  • USA
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

The score of the IELTS exam is a valid indicator of language proficiency for many countries all around the globe. IELTS scores are accepted for various visa categories.

IELTS for immigration - What score do I need?

The IELTS requirement varies, based on the immigration program applying under. For example, a skilled worker applying for Canada immigration through Express Entry: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will require a Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7. Now, a CLB Level 7 equivalent in IELTS is - Listening 6.0 -7.0, and a Band 6 each in Reading, Writing, and Speaking. 

Australia’s Global Talent visa (subclass 858), on the other hand, has a requirement of “functional English” that comes to at least an average of IELTS Band 4.5 in all the four test components. The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) - Points-tested stream has a language requirement of “competent English” that comes to at least IELTS Band 6 in each of the four abilities. 

To determine the candidate’s language proficiency, the candidate gets points in each of the four sections or modules of IELTS. All the scores of the IELTS exam are converted into bands between 0 and 9. A candidate can get a 0.5 band score as well. While a candidate scoring band 9 in any module proves that they are expert at the language, the bands decrease with reduced proficiency.

Here is how the examiners give bands for different modules:


Raw score out of 40

Band Scores










General Training:

Raw score out of 40

Band Scores











Raw score out of 40

Band Scores









Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The criteria are weighted equally and the score on the task is the average.

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

The criteria are weighted equally and the Speaking band score is the average.

How can Kansas Overseas help with IELTS Training?

Since each candidate has different English language abilities, their preparation can differ. Candidates often seek training from professionals to help them prepare for the exam.  

Besides being a trusted name in immigration, Kansas Overseas Careers can offer you assistance with IELTS preparation as well. We have skilled and professional trainers and counselors to help the candidates appear for the exam and get the desired band score.

We offer free training to the candidates applying for an immigration visa with us. Our experts prepare the candidates in all the four modules, discussing their doubts and helping them get better in areas where they might be lacking.

What Other Services are Provided by Kansas Overseas?

Kansas Overseas Careers specializes in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, UK, USA, Germany, and Hong Kong. 

Apart from these services, Kansas offers its clients personalized services such as:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional guidance based on an in-depth assessment of the client profile to determine the chances of visa success. 
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation based on the visa type drafted to meet specific formats.
  • Dedicated Case Officer: A dedicated consultant to assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa Filing: Kansas ensures that the visa applications meet all the standard requirements of concerned immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparations: Complimentary online courses are offered to help aspirants improve their Language Proficiency for important exams like IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Guidance is provided for aspirants attending visa interviews along with verified documents.  
  • Post-Landing Service: Kansas helps clients settle down in the new country with a comfortable stay after they have received their visas.

Additional services, offered to job-seekers:

  • Resume Writing: Dedicated team of resume experts to craft the best resumes that meet the prerequisites of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly improves their chances of selection.
  • Profile Marketing: Kansas Overseas is well-known for creating the best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles in job-portals. And yes, this is a complimentary service!

Additional services, for students looking for a study visa:

  • Admission Guidance: Comparisons between the best programs, colleges, and countries to study in, including arranged mentorship from existing students.
  • Writing Services: Admission Essays, Student CV, Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letters of Recommendation (LOR), and other important services offered by a dedicated team.
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid: Assistance is offered to find the best Scholarships programs, Education loans, Study abroad loans, along with help in sourcing paid Internships.

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