Important notification for paper-based IDP IELTS test in India

Paper-based Test format has been changed in India from 25th June of IDP-IELTS 2022

If you are planning to take the IELTS exam, you should be aware that the IELTS IDP test pattern has changed in India. IELTS exam can be given in two modes:

1) Computer-based


In India, the paper-based IELTS test is controlled by IDP now begins with the writing section. This is critical for both your learning and your test strategies. From June 25th, 2022, Indian candidates received important notification of a new pattern in which the exam begins with one hour of writing, one hour of reading, and 50 minutes of listening in a paper-based test.

The computer-based test, on the other hand, remains the same, beginning with listening and ending with writing.
The previous exam started with the listening section, then the reading section, and finally the writing section; in essence, the listening and writing sections have switched places.

Why has IDP/IELTS decide to do this?

Experts working on the IELTS test are attempting to make it more efficient, reliable, accurate, and valid. Writing had historically  lowest band score and has proven to be the most difficult section. By the end of the section, students may be too tired or mentally exhausted to write a good essay. This is the main reason for changing the sequence of the writing test to see if it results in a better essay and higher band scores.

How does this impact your studies and test taking strategies?

As we all know, IELTS is an expensive exam, and getting a low band can hurt your wallet as well as make it difficult to find a college of your choice. So, Prepare yourself for the exam by using the strategies listed below.

1) Warm up your English

Before you set the exam, train your brain to think in English. It is extremely difficult to write a good English essay after speaking in another language. So, practise speaking English before taking the exam. Examine an article or an IELTS passage. Listen to an English podcast. Just make sure your brain is switched to English before you write that essay. Don’t overdo it, and don’t tire your brain.

2) Practice the correct pattern

If you are taking a computer-based test, nothing to worry about; however, if you are taking a paper-based test in India, make sure of the sequence W-R-L. You should start practising for your IELTS at least 30-60 days before the exam.

3) Get ready for Listening

This section necessitates a high level of concentration because you must respond to non-repeatable audio. So take a deep breath and concentrate. Check the topic of the four parts as well as the answer length during the instruction time. Visualize while listening, especially for map-based questions.

Prepare to take advantage of the new IELTS paper-based test pattern. Best wishes…!!

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