Pen and Paper Based Exam

IELTS has taken the world by wonders. It stands for International English Language Testing System. It is the most widely taken test throughout the world. It is a complete English language proficiency test. It assesses the candidate in four areas that are Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The candidate has to meet the score requirements in each module specifically and overall as well, to get through the exam. 

It is rightly said that “Practice makes a man perfect”, one has to practice and gain perfection in each and every module to clear the IELTS exam. To practice, a candidate needs to know the right strategies and tips to clear the exam. And then the right feedback is necessary for the candidate to improvise on the weak areas and perfect their score. IELTS can definitely take you to places and fulfill your dreams. The cherry on the cake is that there is no negative marking in the IELTS exam . So it is a win win situation for the student. There is a double examiner check.

The IELTS exam can be taken via two modes:

Pen and paper based exam or Computer – delivered exam:

On the day of the exam, the candidate has to be there for the Listening, Reading and Writing exam on the same day whereas the Speaking exam is conducted either one week prior to the main exam or one week after that.


Pen and paper based IELTS exam is a convenient option for the students who are good with their handwriting rather than typing. In pen and paper based IELTS exam, the students get the answer sheets handy on which the answers have to be written.

While writing the answers in the IELTS Listening and IELTS Reading exam, you should use a pencil, whereas in the IELTS Writing exam you can use either a pen or a pencil, although pencils are always preferable as one can easy erase what has been written with a pencil rather than a pen. Make sure your pencil is dark and sharp so that it is easy to read. Secondly, one should have a good handwriting if they are opting for pen and paper based IELTS exam.

IELTS is an amalgamation of four modules:

Listening – The listening module comprises of four parts which are Conversation, Speech, Discussion and Lecture. Each section has 10 questions each so that the total comes out to be 40.

Reading– The reading module has three sections each in Academic IELTS Reading as well as General IELTS Reading. In Academic IELTS Reading the candidates have to solve 3 long passages and in General IELTS Reading, the candidates have to solve 5 passages in totality, out of which 4 are short texts or paragraphs and one is a long passage. The total number of questions undertaken by the students are 40.

Writing– The writing module requires the candidates to go through two tasks which are Report Writing and Essay Writing in case of Academic IELTS and Letter Writing and Essay Writing in case of General IELTS.

Speaking– The Speaking module is divided into 3 parts which are:

Introduction Round, Cue Card Round and Discussion Round.

In the Introduction round, the examiners can ask the candidates questions pertaining to their own self and theme- based questions, while in the second round, the candidate has to speak on a specific cue card. The third round requires the student to answer in detail to the questions related to the cue card theme.

While giving the pen and paper based exam, write all the answers in upper case or capital letters in Listening and Reading modules. Use running handwriting with proper punctuations while attempting the writing section in the IELTS exam.

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