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Why is it that in all iPhone advertisements, they have time displayed at 9:41 AM?

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Taran Luthra, Bilaspur
User, Level 6 Contributor
This is because all Apple keynote events start at 9:00 AM in the morning, with the unveiling the product around 40 minutes into the presentation with an additional minute provided to cover for any delays.

The time actually used to 9:42 initially. And the first time it happened was in 2007 when Steve Jobs announced the release of the very first iPhone. Around 42 minutes into his address, Steve Jobs said

"Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone"

And then a picture was displayed that showed the very first iPhone with time set at 9:42 AM. It was in 2010 that the time was changed from 9:42 AM to 9:41 AM.
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IELTS has two different versions of its tests. Why is it so?

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IELTS was started in the year 1989 and is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for Non-Native English Language Speakers across the Globe. It is one of the major English-language tests in the world for study, work and immigration, the other being the TOEFL.

It is a Pen-Paper based test & is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 institutions in U.S.A. and by more than 9000 organizations worldwide.

IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand.

Two Versions of IELTS:

AcademicGeneral Training
For candidates wishing to study
at undergraduate or postgraduate levels 
in an English speaking country
For candidates wishing to migrate
to an English speaking country 
(Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK)

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-expert to expert user. It tests the ability to Listen, Read, Write and Speak in English. There is also a separate test offered by the IELTS test partners, called IELTS Life Skills:

IELTS Life Skills is intended for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

IELTS test structure

Held in four parts
Total time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
Listening30 Mins (plus 10 mins)
Reading60 mins
Writing60 mins
Speaking11-14 mins


Listening, Reading and Writing
 are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to 7 days before or after the other tests. Speaking test date is usually communicated 5 days before the main exam date, so if you are booking a test date and venue away from your home location, stay prepared for last moment rush.

TRF (Score Card)

Test scoreNegative MarkingValidityMinimum Score
0-9 Band scoresNo negative marking2 yearsNo minimum score, 
any score above 6.5 is mostly acceptable, 
but depends on other Core Human Factors, 
Education and Experience


Understanding IELTS bands

Band scaleLevel of competency
Band 9Expert User
Band 8Very good user
Band 7Good user
Band 6Competent user
Band 5Modest user
Band 4Limited user
Band 3Extremely limited user
Band 2Intermittent user
Band 1Non user
Band 0Did not attend the test


Age Limit

MinimumMaximum
16 or above 
(Recommended)
No age limit

Test Location and Dates:

Test takers can take IELTS in more than 140 countries and in over 1,000 locations. The number of test centres found in India is: 80 (BC+IDP), 
There are 48 fixed test dates available per year. Each test centre offers tests up to 4 times a month depending on local demand. The Academic version is available on all 48 dates per year (mostly on Saturdays & Thursdays) and the General Training version is available on 24 dates. 

Suppose one does not get the required scores in IELTS and wishes to retake the exam so he/she can re-sit the test as many times as per wish on next available date.


Statistics (As on 11 Jan 2017)

Average score of Indians (Academic)
ListeningReadingWritingSpeakingOverall
6.25.85.65.96.0
Source: IELTS-Researchers- Test taker performance 


Average score of Indians (GENERAL TRAINING)
ListeningReadingWritingSpeakingOverall
6.45.85.96.36.2
Source: IELTS-Researchers- Test taker performance
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What is IELTS?

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IELTS was started in the year 1989 and is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for Non-Native English Language Speakers across the Globe. It is one of the major English-language tests in the world for study, work and immigration, the other being the TOEFL.

It is a Pen-Paper based test & is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 institutions in U.S.A. and by more than 9000 organizations worldwide.

IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand.

Two Versions of IELTS:

AcademicGeneral Training
For candidates wishing to study
at undergraduate or postgraduate levels 
in an English speaking country
For candidates wishing to migrate
to an English speaking country 
(Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK)

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-expert to expert user. It tests the ability to Listen, Read, Write and Speak in English. There is also a separate test offered by the IELTS test partners, called IELTS Life Skills:

IELTS Life Skills is intended for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

IELTS test structure

Held in four parts
Total time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
Listening30 Mins (plus 10 mins)
Reading60 mins
Writing60 mins
Speaking11-14 mins


Listening, Reading and Writing
 are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to 7 days before or after the other tests. Speaking test date is usually communicated 5 days before the main exam date, so if you are booking a test date and venue away from your home location, stay prepared for last moment rush.

TRF (Score Card)

Test scoreNegative MarkingValidityMinimum Score
0-9 Band scoresNo negative marking2 yearsNo minimum score, 
any score above 6.5 is mostly acceptable, 
but depends on other Core Human Factors, 
Education and Experience


Understanding IELTS bands

Band scaleLevel of competency
Band 9Expert User
Band 8Very good user
Band 7Good user
Band 6Competent user
Band 5Modest user
Band 4Limited user
Band 3Extremely limited user
Band 2Intermittent user
Band 1Non user
Band 0Did not attend the test


Age Limit

MinimumMaximum
16 or above 
(Recommended)
No age limit

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What is the test format of IELTS exam like?

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IELTS was started in the year 1989 and is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for Non-Native English Language Speakers across the Globe. It is one of the major English-language tests in the world for study, work and immigration, the other being the TOEFL.

It is a Pen-Paper based test & is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3, 000 institutions in U.S.A. and by more than 9000 organizations worldwide.

IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. 

Two Versions of IELTS:
AcademicGeneral Training
For candidates wishing to study
at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
in an English speaking country
For candidates wishing to migrate
to an English speaking country
(Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK)


IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-expert to expert user. It tests the ability to Listen, Read, Write and Speak in English. There is also a separate test offered by the IELTS test partners, called IELTS Life Skills:

IELTS Life Skills is intended for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

IELTS test structure:
Held in four parts
Total time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes
Listening30 Mins (plus 10 mins)
Reading60 mins
Writing60 mins
Speaking11-14 mins


Listening, Reading and Writing are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to 7 days before or after the other tests. Speaking test date is usually communicated 5 days before the main exam date, so if you are booking a test date and venue away from your home location, stay prepared for last moment rush.

TRF (Score Card):
Test scoreNegative MarkingValidityMinimum Score
0-9 Band scoresNo negative marking2 yearsNo minimum score,
any score above 6.5 is mostly acceptable,
but depends on other Core Human Factors,
Education and Experience


Understanding IELTS bands:
Band scaleLevel of competency
Band 9Expert User
Band 8Very good user
Band 7Good user
Band 6Competent user
Band 5Modest user
Band 4Limited user
Band 3Extremely limited user
Band 2Intermittent user
Band 1Non user
Band 0Did not attend the test


Age Limit:
MinimumMaximum
16 or above
(Recommended)
No age limit

You can get more details of IELTS here http: //www.kritarthaacademy.com
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Is it possible to retake the IELTS exam?

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Yes. You can appear for IELTS exam as many times you need till you achieve your required bands.
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Is it possible to finish the IELTS exam in one day?

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Usually no. Listening, Reading and Writing happens to fall on the date you block as examination date, for speaking most of the times you will be called few days prior or post to the exam date. They prefer calling prior to exam date as they have to publish the results as well within 13 days of exam date.
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When can I take IELTS exam?

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IELTS is conducted for 48 fixed dates in a given year. Depending upon your city, you can check the availability of exam dates and block a date. It is conducted by British Council and IDP, so you should check both portals if you are looking for an exam date. Exam can be booked 10 days prior to the exam date, however chances of a vacancy is very less when only 10 days are remaining. You can book dates here:
https://www.ieltsidpindia.com/
https://www.britishcouncil.in/exam/ielts/test-dates-fees-and-locations 
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What is the toughest musical instrument to learn?

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Mukul Singh, Bangalore
User, Level 9 Contributor
Violin is believed to be the toughest to learn. It has some uneasy holding positions.
In Carnatic Classical Indian music violin is supported and rested on foot. 

However, in western style violin is supported from chin and neck.

Both types of music are different from each other and it takes a lot of time and dedication to practice and master the styles. Having a good violin teacher can help with developing the skills.
All the best!
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What are some unique kind of hotels in the world?

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Ankit Sharma, Bangalore
User, Level 7 Contributor
The Kambuk River Resort in Srilanka provides accommodation to visitors in a villa that is shaped like an Elephant. The 40-foot tall elephant villa is ade completely out of wood and straw. Inside the villa, there are only two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is no kitchen for obvious 'I don't want to burn down the straw house' reasons. Other than this the ecofriendly resort also offers accommodation to its guest in a jungle lorry and a tree house. The bed in the tree house is considered one of the largest beds in Srilanka
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Has there been instances in 50 over cricket where both teams have registered scores of over 400 in a One Day international?

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Ankit Sharma, Bangalore
User, Level 7 Contributor
Yes. It has happened twice.

The first such instance was in 12th March 2006, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg when Australia batting first got to a score of 434/4 in 50 overs setting SouthAfrica a target of 435. The South Africans chased the score and made 438/9 in 49.5 overs to secure a victory. 

The second such instance happened on 15th December 2009 at Rajkot where India batting first made a score of 414/7 in 50 overs. The Sri Lankans came close and posted a score of 411/8 in their 50 overs only to lose by three runs.
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