IELTS is the most popular English Language Test. It is designed to determine the language competence of candidates who are aiming to go abroad either for further studies or for various employment opportunities where English is the main mode of communication. IELTS is required for entry into various universities abroad. It is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including New Zealand,Canada,Australia,USA and the UK. It is also perceived by immigration authorities, efficient bodies and other government agencies. IELTS is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, IDP Australia and British Council.
Choosing IELTS enables you to gain worldwide recognition to study, work and migrate. It also helps you to prove your English Language skills because most of the institutions abroad require a proof of English Language skill as a part of their various programs. IELTS can be taken in more than 135 countries in over 800 locations. The test dates are available up to four to five times a month.
IELTS is accepted in most of the Canadian, British, New Zealand and Australian educational institutions, nearly three thousand academic institutions in the United States, and various non-professional and professional organisations across the world. It is also required for immigration to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.
There are four tests which a candidate takes Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking. There is a choice of 2 versions of IELTS: General or Academic Training. The Listening and Speaking tests for both the modules are the same. Only the Reading and Writing Tests differ. The Speaking Test is either on the same day or 7 days before or after the exam.
There is no minimum score required to clear the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form (TRF) is issued to every candidate with a score that would vary from â€œband 1â€³ (â€œnon-userâ€) to â€œband 9â€³ (â€œexpert userâ€) and each institution has a different preset parameter. There is also a â€œband 0â€³ score for those who did not attempt the test. The Test Report Form (TRF) is usually valid for two years.