What if a candidate gets the required bands in all modules of IELTS except one? Does she need to reappear the entire test again? or does she need to pay to recheck the module? IELTS authorities are on the edge of removing this dilemma. As per the latest update, candidates may now reappear for the IELTS one module test from March 2023.

This is one of the important moves especially, for the candidates who struggled but missed the chance just by less bands in one module. For instance,

IELTS for Australia PR

  • As far as Australian Permanent Residency has concerned, the country set minimum and maximum language criteria to acquire the points.
  • To be eligible for Australia PR linguistic criteria candidates can appear IELTS General Module Test. However, the IELTS selection criteria may vary from the assessment bodies to bodies and candidates’ profiles to profiles.
  • According to DHA’s criteria, if any candidate may get less than 6 bands in IELTS in any module then she may not be eligible to apply for the Expression of Interest to Australia.
  • On the other end, at least 6 bands in each module of IELTS is a minimum criterion to be eligible for Australian PR. However, candidates may appear for other tests like PTE to apply for the EOI.
Points table for Skilled Independent visa
English Language Skills
English Points
Competent English – IELTS: at least 6 in each component 0
Proficient English – IELTS: at least 7 in each component 10
Superior English – IELTS: at least 8 in each component 20


  • As per the above-mentioned table, the language table is divided into three categories – Competent, Proficient and Superior.
  • The 6 bands in each module are considered competent English language fluency but it may support candidates to be eligible to apply for EOI. However, they will not get any points out of it.
  • On the other side, 7 bands in each module, a proficient English level added 10 points in the Skilled Independent visa criteria. Whereas, Superior English (8 bands in each module) gives 20 points.

How Will Change Help to Get Australia PR?

  • The series of immigrants who are trying to obtain Australian Permanent Residency every year. But some unfortunate candidates may miss the chance by just short of 0.5 or 1.0 bands.
  • On the other side, due to a 0.5 or 1.0 band shortage, some other aspirants are unable to reach the cut-off criteria.
  • As far as the particular change is concerned, it is a ray of hope for many offshore and onshore candidates.
  • With this update, those candidates who felt deprived now will have an excellent chance to bounce back and may they match the eligibility as well as nomination criteria too.

IELTS For Canada PR

  • Canada Immigration has set language benchmarks stages. If candidates, who would like to apply for Canada PR as a primary applicant through the Express Entry profile have to achieve at least CLB level 7 in the primary language test. However, this is the basic language eligibility criteria but it may vary a candidate to candidate.
  • So those candidates, who would like to appear for the IELTS test must take IELTS (General Module) test. Second, candidates must have a score of at least 6.0 bands in each module.
  • On the other end, the IRCC has also set language criteria to achieve some more extra points. for example, if any aspirant can achieve CLB 9 score in her primary language test then she is eligible to get higher points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) calculator.
  • For instance, in the CRS segments like Core/Human capital factors and Skill transferability factors, a candidate can get some additional points upon achieving CLB 9 (8 bands in listening and 7 bands in the rest of the other modules).
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – General Training – Test score equivalency chart
CLB Level Reading Writing Listening Speaking
10 8 7.5 8.5 7.5
9 7 7 8 7
8 6.5 6.5 7.5 6.5
7 6 6 6 6
6 5 5.5 5.5 5.5
5 4 5 5 5
4 3.5 4 4.5 4

How Will Change Help to Get Canada PR?

  • As far as Canadian permanent residency has concerned, the change will benefit several applicants.
  • As of date, the harsh reality of the industry is that if any candidate wants to prepare for the IELTS and wants to achieve CLB 9 in IELTS, she has to appear test for more than one time.
  • In the recent past, plenty of test-takers have received the IELTS result CLB 9 in each module except one.
  • In this scenario, if candidates received results with 2 or more bands short-fall then it may not hurt them on that level. But the shortfall shows just 0.5 bands or 1.0 band difference then the scenario, not only brings an extreme level of frustration among students but also discourages them to leave their Canada PR dream too.
  • Though IELTS authorities have another option of rechecking after getting the final TRF sheet but based on candidates’ reviews and feedback that is also not promising. Because it only shows the result that candidates have written in their answer sheets.
  • As per some experts, this initiative resolves one of the big questions of Canada PR. That is “how to achieve CLB 9 in IELTS?”

IELTS for Student Visa

  • India is one of the emerging markets for foreign student visas. As per the Foreign Ministry’s estimated data of Indian students studying abroad in the year 2022, is more than 1.3 million.
  • Out of the numbers, more than half of students are currently studying in five major English-speaking countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
  • In this new year, this number is going to increase. As a result, the requirement for the IELTS result will also jump high.
  • Now one of the basic issues that students faced while applying for the various institutes is the IELTS bands’ requirement. Suppose, an institute requires 6.5 Bands with no less than 6.0 bands in each but students struggled to achieve the desired band then after, the problems start building.
  • Just missed an intake by 0.5 or 1.0 band sometimes students need to wait for four to five months at least. For example, if a student is looking to apply for Canada Student Visa
  • The worst scenario is raised when a student missed her January intake due to a lack of bands and supposes she may not find the relevant program for the May intake then she must have to wait until the September intake. It means just because a minor difference in band costs precious 7 to 8 months.

How Will Change Help to Get Student Visa?

  • For a student visa, the specific change is like a blessing.
  • Most importantly, the update may support the students to save time between intakes.
  • Moreover, every month a massive number of students appear for the test and plenty of them just reappear test due to not achieving the desired bands.
  • This change makes those students free from paying the entire fee once again. And most importantly, make them free from the stress of preparing for the entire test again.

What is the IELTS Test?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. In the immigration world, IELTS hold a premium significance because more than 10,000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS. Despite having different rules and criteria from the countries, some rules are quite precise and the most common is an IELTS test. The IELTS Test is accepted for most kinds of short-term and long-term visas.

  • Whether you are looking for Australia PR or Canada PR!
  • Or looking for a Student Visa for Australia or Canada study visa or UK student visa or study visa in the USA or New Zealand study visa or European Countries or even any English stream-based country,
  • You will find the IELTS stood there in all the eligibility criteria.

IELTS Test Structure

The IETLS Test is available in two versions

Test Type IELTS General IELTS Academic
Total Duration 2 hours and 45 minutes 2 hours and 45 minutes
Test For Australia PR, Canada PR For most of the English Speaking Countries’ Study Visa applications
Test Fees ₹ 15,500 to ₹ 16,000 (Depending on the Type of Exam)

Test Fees

The Test Is Divided into Four Modules

  • Listening (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes of transfer time)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Speaking (11–14 minutes)

IELTS Modules Overview

Listening (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes of transfer time)

No. of questions: 40

(60 minutes)

No. of questions: 40

Writing (60 minutes)

Two Tasks

Speaking (11–14 minutes)

Three Tasks

Writing Format

Writing is one of the most important modules of the IELTS test. However, according to students’ feedback, the module is a bit difficult to score because writing is a skill and despite having multiple thoughts to put on paper seems challenging to the students. The module tests the skills like vocabulary and art presenting thoughts. The module divides into two parts for academic and general students. Details are given below.

  • Academic Writing
    • Task – 1
      • Graph
    • Task – 2
      • Essay
    • General Writing
      • Task – 1
        • Letter
      • Task – 2
        • Essay

Reading Format

  • Reading is one of the crucial parts of the IELTS test. It tests your concentration, skimming and scanning abilities. Usually, the module divides into two types. First is an academic test that generally, appears by those students who would like to study abroad. The second type is a general module test that normally takes by those candidates who are looking for Australia PR or Canada PR or a work visa for some or other countries. The Reading test includes four sections in which a candidate needs to face the answers to the eleven types of questions. Details are as per given-below table.
  • Reading in Detail

Academic Reading description General Training Reading description
  Task type 1 – Multiple choice

Task type 2 – Identifying information

Task type 3 – Identifying the writer’s views/claims

Task type 4 – Matching information

Task type 5 – Matching headings

Task type 6 – Matching features

Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings

Task type 8 – Sentence completion

Task type 9 – Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion

Task type 10 – Diagram label completion

Task type 11 – Short-answer questions


Listening Format

Listening seems as a high-scoring module among the students. There are plenty of students who get 9 out of 9 bands. As a result, students feel more relaxed in the module. However, it does not mean that without preparation or lack of preparation gives you desired bands. The module challenges those students who are underprepared.

Listening in Detail

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Listening Tasks

  • Task type 1 – Multiple choice
  • Task type 2 – Matching
  • Task type 3 – Plan, map, diagram labelling
  • Task type 4 – Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion
  • Task type 5 – Sentence completion
  • Task type 6 – Short-answer questions

Speaking Format

English speaking experience varies a person to person. Especially, in India, there is a huge difference between states to states and cities to cities. In some states or cities in India people have a high English linguistic skills whereas some states and cities struggle to speak English language. As far as the speaking module is concerned, the modules test your IELTS  Speaking skills, reasoning, grammar and using of vocabularies skills. The module is divided into three parts as per given below.

  • Part 1 – Introduction and interview
  • Part 2 – Cue Card
  • Part 3 – Follow-Up Questions


IELTS is not only the test of analyzing English language fluency but also it can make your pathway toward the study abroad. It is expected that the new change will bring new era of IELTS test. However, there are many thing still unclear for the update. For instance, though the IELTS one module test is expected to begin in March 2023, but still there is no official declaration that how the test is going to be conducted. The fee of the one module test still not reveal by the authorities. So still candidates need to wait for the latest information.