What is IELTS ?

What is IELTS?

IELTS stand for International English Language Testing System. It is a standardized test which tests proficiency in English language.

  • It incorporates a variety of accents and writing styles to incorporate linguistic bias.
  • It is a paper-pencil based test.
  • There are 2 IELTS test module. Candidates can choose either one of them, which are as follows:
    1. The Academic Module is recommended for candidates who need to meet English Language requirements of universities or other educational institutions.
    2. The General Training Module is intended for those planning to undertake non- academic training to gain work experience or for immigration purposes.
  • IELTS is scored on a nine band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band.
  • IELTS has been accepted as the standard international test system for English language in majority of all education establishments operating in English in Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand. US educational institutions are also now starting to use it. Many international immigration services as well as various professional organizations including the British and Australian Medical Councils and the UK Ministry of Defence, make use of IELTS.
  • It is administered by:
    1. University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations,
    2. The British Council and
    3. IDP Education Australia, and was established in 1989
  • In 2007, IELTS tested over a million candidates in a single 12-month period for the first time ever, making it the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration.
  • It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills listening, reading, writing and speaking for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
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