What is IELTS ?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work, and migration.
Established in 1989, IELTS has become the most popular high-stakes English language certificate in the world. IELTS assesses all of your English skills- listening, reading, writing and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at the study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.
There are currently around 1,000 test locations in more than 140 countries, carrying out over two million tests each year.
This exam has an excellent international reputation. Over 9,000 organizations worldwide accept the certificate as a proof of proficiency in the English language.The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment.
IELTS is jointly owned and managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education Australia. IELTS testing materials are written by international teams of writers from different English-speaking countries, so the content reflects real-life situations.
The Speaking part of the IELTS test is a one-to-one assessment with a real person, not with a computer. You will thus have conversations with an examiner who can effectively evaluate your language skills, without being distracted by other candidates or technical problems.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.
You can take IELTS Academic test or IELTS general test depending on the organization you are applying to and your plans for the future.
Two test versions of IELTS:
- Academic: For people applying for higher education or professional registration.
- General Training: For those migrating to Australia, Canada, and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs and work experience in an English-speaking environment.
Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking — in less than three hours.
Listening and Speaking are the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test center will advise.