IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The International English Language Testing System was introduced to assess the English skills of applicants wishing to study or train in the English language. Since 1989, IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. Close to 5,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organizations around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. Over 938,000 people a year are now using IELTS to open doors throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. The test is taken every year across 120 countries, and is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation. It is internationally recognized as fulfilling English language requirements for entry to academic courses by approximately 1600 American colleges and universities, as well as by higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
IELTS is jointly managed by:-
The University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council IDP: IELTS Australia
Candidates must choose to sit either the ACADEMIC or the GENERAL TRAINING IELTS Test.
This Test is for individuals who plan to study in English at University (undergraduate or postgraduate level), and is designed to test the understanding and use of complex level academic language.
This test is suitable for individuals requiring a more general level of English proficiency for Employment or Immigration purposes.
The IELTS test is divided into four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates sit the same Listening and Speaking test. However, Academic and General training candidates each sit a different Reading and Writing Test
|60MINUTE||ACADEMIC OR GENERAL TRAINING|
|60 MINUTE||READING TEST|
|11-14 MINUTE||SPEAKING TEST|
There is no fixed pass mark in IELTS. Candidates are marked on a band scale of 1-9 in each part of the test. The individual module’s Band score is considered as per the requirement.
|8||VERY GOOD USER|
|0||DID NOT ATTEMPT THE TEST|
Depending on various English language requirements, individual universities, organizations and countries decide which IELTS band score is suitable for their applicants.
Format of the Exam:
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 total test time, excluding the speaking test, is two hours and 45 minutes. Your speaking test may be on the same day as the other sections, or on a different day.
The IELTS examination is held thrice a month. The individual module’s Band score is considered as per the requirement. The Band score obtained is valid up to two years. While obtaining admission to an educational institute, the latest IELTS score is considered.
Eligibility and Fees:
IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16. In India, the fee is Rs.7, 200 payable at the time of registration. You can pay INR by means of a Nationalized bank draft payable to the British Council.
Candidates may sit the IELTS test as many times as they wish. When the question is English language ability – IELTS is the answer