IELTS Structure

What is IELTS ?

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.

Who Accepts IELTS ?

IELTS is the world’s most preferred and proven test. Due to its high-quality controls, IELTS is recognized and accepted by thousands of organizations 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 ( 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 for more information.

Academic and General Training :

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 emphasize basic survival skills in a broad social, educational and professional context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to undertake work experience or internships / training programs, or for immigration purposes to settle with their families in their respective countries.

Test Format :

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.

The Speaking Test is conducted in the period of seven days before or after the LRW examination at a separate test center.

Test Scores :

IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English. Candidates receive scores on a Band Scale from 1 to 9.

For How Long is a Test Score Valid?

IELTS result is valid for 2 years from the date of arrival of the result, as it is being accepted as evidence of the present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency.

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