medical BLOG | DATE- 2022-12-14

Steps to IELTS in Ethiopia

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.

As one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing 30 years ago, IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today. Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for success in your new job or study placement abroad including

Types of IELTS

There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training.

IELTS Academic - measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. Take this test if you want to: 

IELTS General Training - measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.Take this test if you would like to:

Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.Both tests are graded in exactly the same way. 

IELTS Test Format

You’ll take the first three parts of the test on the same day, in the following order: Listening, Reading and Writing (there are no breaks between these tests). Your Speaking test will be held either on the same day or seven days before or after that, depending on local arrangements.

Listening test: 

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions with a total of 40 questions.Each correct answer receives one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale.1

The IELTS Listening test takes approximately 30 minutes, and you are allowed an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers from your question booklet to your answer sheet.

Reading test:

You will need to read quickly and efficiently, and manage your time. You will be asked to read three different passages and respond to related questions. The IELTS reading test takes 60 minutes including the transfer time. There are 40 questions which each correct answer receives one mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale.

Writing test:

The IELTS Writing test is designed to assess a wide range of writing skills

Your Writing test will be marked by a certificated IELTS examiner. Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1 in the IELTS Writing test.

Speaking test:

There are 3 parts in this section which will be marked on the four criteria: fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, pronunciation.It takes 11-14 minutes.

N.B:In total it takes 2 hrs and 40 mins to finish the IELTS


How to register for the IELTS in Ethiopia

1. Go to the website

2. Select your country territory 

3. Find your test date

4. Choose a date and a test center that would fit your schedule and if available click apply

Available test centers in Ethiopia include

5. Read the terms and condition of the examination and click on the box at the end to proceed

6. Fill in all the required information on the space provided

7. Select Institutions you want your grades sent to

8. To finalize click on the box “I’m not a robot “then finish by choosing the Apply Now option

9. Print the summary page and proceed to payment options.

10. Payment: Your registration shall be canceled if you fail to complete your payment within five working days.

Deposit through Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Account No: – 1000004548446

The current application fee for IELTS Academic and  IELTS General Training (paper or computer) is ETB 12,850.00

N.B Please keep your cash deposit slip and present to British Council upon completing registration.


Test Day Advice

Getting to the test centre

Before the day of your test, check the start time of your IELTS test. Remember to also check the location of your IELTS test location, as it may be different to the test centre where you booked your test.

Arriving for your IELTS test

Turn off your mobile and any other electronic devices. These will be kept outside of the test room along with other personal belongings. You cannot bring food or drink into the test room – with the exception of water in a transparent bottle.

Your identity documents

The documents you received when you registered for the test will confirm which ID you’ll need. If you arrive without the correct ID you will not be able to take the test.

During your test

Follow these rules when sitting your IELTS test:

At the end of the test

Special Arrangements

If you requested special arrangements  as a result of a disability or other condition, adjustments will be made for you on the day of your test.


Download Cambridge English 1 to 17

Join the Cambridge IELTS Practice telegram channel 

Watch the IELTS UP Writing Practice Videos

Watch E2 IELTS Practice Videos

Best of luck!




WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma-Med In Ethiopia Team

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WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma

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