What is IELTS?
Answering "what is ielts" is both easy and difficult. The short
answer; International English Language Testing System. The long
answer is a bit more complicated than just the words that make
up the acronym IELTS.
IELTS is one of many international English language
Ielts is managed jointly by the University of Cambridge ESOL
Examinations, IDP Education Australia and the British Council.
What does IELTS consist of?
There are two
IELTS test forms:
- Academic Test -
for those enrolling in English speaking Universities
- General Training Test - for non-academic purposes like immigration or work
Each Module of IELTS
features the same Listening and Speaking tests. There are separate Reading and Writing tests for the General
Training and Academic modules. Both the Academic and the General Training test feature the
What does IELTS measure?
Ielts measures all four language skills – listening, reading, writing
Band scores are used for each language sub-skill ranging from 1
(non-user) to 9 (expert user). For example, a native speaker of English with one year of university
experience should score near 9.
Where is IELTS accepted?
More than 6000 governments, universities and professional
organizations in more than 130 countries accept IELTS scores as valid language certification. Some countries
even require it for immigration purposes.
- Please Note:
If you are planning on using your IELTS score as a language qualification for
entrance to an English speaking university, be sure to contact the
university to find out what band score is needed for their
Band score requirements may vary from university to university and
many schools in the U.S. still don't accept the IELTS test as a language qualification. Again, please check with
your university to confirm their admissions language requirement.
To learn more about Ielts scores click on the preceding link.
Where can I take the IELTS test?
There are test centers worldwide. For a list of ielts test centers
located near you, please visit the official ielts site at what is ielts?