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IELTS Exam for Australia


IELTS is one of the most popular English proficiency tests accepted by almost all universities worldwide. The minimum score requirement will vary depending on the university, course and program you choose. Since Australia is an English-speaking nation, you need to prove your English proficiency via IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE exam to study, work, or migrate to Australia as an overseas citizen. IELTS is a widely accepted test worldwide and is one of the easily acceptable tests in Australian universities.

Do you know the minimum IELTS score accepted by Australian universities? Do you wish to know the IELTS test pattern?

The answers to these questions and much more can be obtained from this blog. You can read the blog completely and learn everything you need to know.

What is IELTS Exam?

Expanded to the International English Language Testing System, the IELTS exam is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a nation where English is the native language. The exam is divided into four sections, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, which test your language proficiency. The IELTS exam scores are scaled between 1 and 9, with nine being exceptional and one being poor. It is accepted by top-ranked universities and colleges worldwide. It is a well-known exam in nations such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. IDP Education conducts this test in India. To get admission or for immigration purposes, the IELTS has become a general eligibility guideline. IELTS can be taken multiple times across the year, and you can attempt it unlimited times.

Exemption from IELTS: You may obtain an IELTS waiver if one of the following conditions are met.

  1. You have completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time taught higher education in the English language at an accredited university or college in an English-speaking country, i.e., the UK, the USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, or Australia.
  2. You hold an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree in English.
  3. You have an IB or European Baccalaureate Diploma in an English-taught program.
  4. You have one of the English A equivalencies in the EEA or EFTA.

IELTS Band Required for Australia

There are two IELTS categories for Australia – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The General Training Test is used for migration purposes, and the Academic is for entry into a university or college. The minimum score is 6.0 for General Training, while if you wish to study UG or PG degree, we recommend at least an overall score average of 6.5 points with no individual band score less than 6.0. However, please note that we have given only the general criteria, and the IELTS score entirely depends on the university and program you enrol in. For example, in some universities and programs, you may get entry with an IELTS score as low as 5.5; in others, even a score of 7.5 won't be satisfactory. Also note that you need to focus on scoring high in individual bands as well, as some universities also have a minimum set for section-wise scores.

IELTS exam pattern for Australia

As mentioned before, the IELTS exam is categorised into listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Each unit has different question types and a duration within which you need to complete each. The total time of an IELTS exam is around 2 hours and 45 minutes. We have provided the details below.

IELTS Section


Number of Questions

Task Types

Marks per question


30 minutes


Multiple choice, matching, plan, map, diagram, labeling, form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion, sentence completion


Academic Reading

60 minutes


Multiple choice, identifying information, writer’s views or claims, matching information, headings, features, sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions


General Training Reading

60 minutes


Multiple choice, identifying information, writer’s views or claims, matching information, headings, features, sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions


Academic Writing

60 minutes


Describe visual information in task 1 in your own words (150) in 20 minutes and in task 2 you respond to a POV, argument, or problem and write 250 words in 40 minutes


General Training Writing

60 minutes


In task 1, you will respond to a situation for example, write a letter and in task 2 you will write an essay regarding a problem, POV, or argument



Between 11 and 14 minutes

3 parts

Each part has a specific purpose regarding  interaction pattern, task input and test taker’s output


How to Apply for the IELTS Exam in 2022?

To book an exam on one of the available IELTS test days, you must visit IDP India and select Register for IELTS. Then, you need to choose the test (computer or paper-based). Once that's done, you must select the test type, location, time slot, date, and city, on the following pages. Finally, you must complete your registration with the required details and pay the test fees. Once done, you will receive a confirmation on your registered email or phone number.

Documents Required for the IELTS Exam

If you wish to register for the IELTS exam, you need a valid passport. You must bring the original copy of your passport on the test day to the exam hall. Please note that it should be the same that you used to register. If you are a child (under 18), you also need a consent form for minors.

IELTS Exam Fees in India for Australia

The IELTS exam fee in India depends on the type of IELTS test. This fee is INR 15,500 for the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic exam required for Australia. For any other IELTS exam, the cost is as follows.

  • If you take a Computer-Based IELTS for UKVI, you will be charged INR 15,750, while for the IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1), this amount is 14,600. Finally, the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration will cost you 15,750 INR.
  • You can use various payment modes to pay your IELTS Exam fees. We have given them below in brief for your reference.
You can choose any of the following payment methods to pay your IELTS exam fee.

Net Banking:
Net Banking and credit or debit cards are available payment options for your IELTS Exam fees in India for Australia.
Demand Draft: Demand Draft is also available to pay your IELTS exam fee. Please note that it is mandatory to draw the Demand Draft in the name of "IDP EDUCATION INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Payable in New Delhi" and from the approved bank list.

Bank Deposit: You can also use Bank Deposit to pay for your IELTS exam fees in India for Australia. You can make a cash deposit in ICICI or HDFC bank branches using a customised deposit slip, which you can download from the IELTS IDP India website or receive from your local IELTS IDP branch office or referral partner. Please note that you must submit the original customer copy of the deposit slip and your completed IELTS Application form.

Please note that the examination registration, cancellation, and rescheduling are conducted with set guidelines according to the organising body. Therefore, you must adhere to the rules and procedures to ensure that you receive the maximum support regarding the cancellation and refund of the IELTS exam fee.

IELTS Score for Australia

Usually, we recommend a total IELTS band score of no less than 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 for Australia. However, certain universities and jobs also accept a minimum band score of 5.5.

IELTS Exam Validity Period for Australia

Generally, your IELTS test scores for Australia are valid for two years. However, for skilled migration, these scores are valid for three years. In addition, people wishing to work in Australia need to take the IELTS Academic test. You should also know that different job roles have varying score requirements.

So now you know everything about IELTS for Australia. If you still have any doubts, please connect with AECC. You can read our blogs to know about the cost of living and studying in Australia, scholarship options etc.

Our AECC experts can help you prepare for the IELTS test and ensure you score high. We can also suggest scholarships and help you enrol in your preferred university abroad. So contact us today and fulfil your study abroad dreams for free.

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