IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.
IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS is the world’s proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organisations in more than 120 countries.
1. Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
2. Government departments and agencies
3. Professional and industry bodies
4. Multinational companies and employers
The IELTS Global Recognition System (www.bandscore.ielts.org) can tell you exactly which organisations accept IELTS and the scores they require.
USA Says Yes to IELTS : Over 2,500 US universities and professional bodies accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills. Over 1,000,000 people a year are now using IELTS to open doors throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. Visit www.ieltsusa.org for more information.
IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasis basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from nonuser to expert user.
of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other modules.
IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English. Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 1 to 9.
There are a number of variables affecting the length of time over which an IELTS score remains valid. As a general rule it is recommended that a Test Report Form that is more than two years old should only be accepted as evidence of present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency.
Please visit www.ielts.org and www.ielts.britishcouncil.org.in for more details about IELTS.