What is IELTS?
It is “International English Language Testing System”, a test designed to assess the English Language ability of people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS testing system is jointly managed by 3 partners:
- University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations-text design and production
- British Council-test delivery
- IELTS Australia-test delivery
IELTS test is taken by millions candidates globally and it is recognized by over 6,000 institutions worldwide. It includes 4 language skill tests: Listening , Reading , Writing & Face-to-face speaking.
IELTS test is Conducted in two modules:
Academic and General Training(GT)
All candidates take the same listening and speaking tests.
There is a choice of reading and writing tests- Academic or General Training. It is the responsibility of candidates to tell the Administrator which version they need to take.
The IELTS is scored on a band score from 0.0 to 9.0. Increments are made in half points. Each individual section is marked on this scale and then the average of the four sections is taken out for the final score of the test taker. A reasonable score of 5.5 will see you getting accepted by a majority of institutions in most countries. However, top flight institutes may require you to score in excess of the above mentioned score.