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Now IELTS from home!

Utilise the lockdown to prepare and take your IELTS.

IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, for higher education and global migration. It is recognised by over 10,000 institutions and 10,000 organisations globally, and continues to set the standard for English language testing, in countries where English is the main language of communication. In fact, most governments across the world, use the IELTS to process immigration applications too.


Now that we have understood what the IELTS is and why it is important, let us get clarity on what it will cover. It is a task-based test covering the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. While Listening and Speaking matter are the same for both tests, there is a difference in the Reading and Writing sections.


In the current scenario of the Covid pandemic, and the country being in lockdown mode, there is good news for all students aspiring to study abroad. You can prepare from home by taking online classes, and get ready to take the IELTS Computer Based Examination! This will not only help you continue with your study abroad plans, it also allows you to utilise this time productively.


Taking online classes has many benefits, more so in a scenario where physical classes are not a possibility.


  1. They give you ample time and flexibility with your schedule. It is easier to work your other activities around online classes, since they do not require any travel time and minimal preparation.
  2. Neither do you incur any travel cost.
  3. Teachers are aware that online studying could be new to a lot of their students. As a result, they are happy to be more cooperative than usual, regarding any clarifications students need.
  4. A by-product of online classes, which will also work in your favour, is self-motivation. Since you will not physically be with your peers, but will instead be spending a lot of time by yourself, your course will help you become more self-motivated. This is a trait that will make you stand out in the workplace and even look good in your resume!


The advantages don’t stop here, but continue with taking computer-based exam. Computer based examination not only help save on time and resources, but also guarantee an exam slot at a time when paper exams could become difficult to take. In India majority of students prefer to take paper-based examination rather than computer base examination. Keep in mind, seats for the paper exam are rather limited and once the lockdown is over, centres are expecting a crowd of students to take the paper exam. So, there will be lots of students who might not get the opportunity to take the exam. Also, post lock down all centres are expected to run with limited capacity in post lockdown scenario. That will in turn, affect admission applications and your precious time could get wasted. On the other hand, a computer-based exam can be programmed for more applicants due to availability of more slots, as desired. Results of an IELTS computer based exam are available much sooner – in 5-7 days, vis-à-vis the 13-15 days it takes for paper exam IELTS results.


While the Listening, Reading and Writing tests will take place online in a rehearsed format, the Speaking test will remain face-to-face with an examiner – the most effective way of assessing. The tests are available up to 7 days a week, and 3 times daily. (In contrast, the paper-based exam is available up to 48 days per year, and only on Thursdays, and Saturdays).

Another general observation is that students tend to score a marginally better score in the Computer based test, in comparison to the paper exam. And in an exam that is important enough to shape your life, that marginally better score could just be your winning ticket!


In short, there is no reason to put a brake on your dreams of studying abroad! In fact, don’t let the lockdown interfere with your preparations. Instead, utilise this time to prepare. RG International is hosting live classes every day. You can choose between four slots, for the 60-90 minute lectures. There are expert mentors who are happy to engage in weekly doubt-solving sessions with their students too.


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