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56 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Exams ❯❯❯ Eligibility criteria for IELTS Now that we have covered what is IELTS and its importance, let us find out who is eligible for IELTS exam? A candidate needs to fulfil only one eligibility criterion to sit for the IELTS exam: the minimum age for applying for IELTS is 16 years. Some exceptions can be made for admission to schools. Syllabus for IELTS After getting to understand the eligibility, let us get to know what is the syllabus of IELTS? There are two kinds of tests: academic and general training. The candidate needs to select the training as per the requirements. There is no fixed prescribed syllabus for the IELTS exam. ① The candidate has to read national and international newspapers daily. ② The candidate should read globally recognized journals, magazines, and research papers. ③ The candidate should read books of various genres. ④ The candidate should know current affairs, sports, political affairs, and updates on the field of expertise through different reading mediums. Exam pattern for IELTS After understanding the syllabus, now let us get to know about the exam pattern of IELTS. The general training is for candidates who are looking to apply for secondary education, work experience, and training programmes or migrate to the countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. The academic training is for candidates who are looking to apply for higher education or professional registration to countries using English as their main language. The exam is divided into four segments: listening, speaking, reading, and writing tests.