The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council, and IDP Education. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the TOEFL. The IELTS test was established 1989 and in 2012, there were two million candidates in over 130 countries
There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version, which is intended for international who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education abroad and the General Training Version for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted as evidence of your English language proficiency by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, as well as most reputable universities and colleges and various professional organizations across the world where English is a language in the workplace . It is also a requirement for immigration and permanent residency in the UK Australia and New Zealand and Canada.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from “band 1” (“non-user”) to “band 9” (“expert user”) and each institution sets a different threshold.. Institutions are advised not to consider a report older than two years to be valid, unless the user proves that he has worked to maintain his level.
IELTS test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle, or location.
IELTS is a test of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. You can answer questions in the order that suits you and you can make changes to your Reading answers and Writing responses at any time during the test. Depending on your test centre, your Speaking test may be on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that; you will be tested in a quiet room with no distractions or interruptions.. The total test time is under three hours.