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What is IELTS?
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.9 million tests taken in the last year.
IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.
The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.
You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.
Whatever your reason for taking IELTS, make the most of your language skills.
Which version of IELTS is right for you?
Check with the organisations you wish to apply to before you book your test!
There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:
IELTS General Training
Make sure you know which one you need before you book your test.
What do you want to do? The version you need
I want to:
study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country
You should take IELTS Academic
I want to:
train or study at below degree level
work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
emigrate to an English-speaking country
You should take IELTS General Training
Find out which test you need
Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.
Visit Who accepts IELTS? to search for the organisations you want to apply to, and find out which version you need.
If you are in doubt as to which version to take, you should contact the organisations directly in order to check their requirements.
Whichever test version you choose, IELTS can help you make the most of your time in your chosen country.
IELTS scores and test format
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in all four skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - in under three hours.
The IELTS test format is tried and trusted by organisations and test takers worldwide, and has not changed significantly for over 20 years.
You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between them. They are always taken in this order. Your Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. This will depend on your test centre.
The four parts of the IELTS test are taken in the following order:
iii. Writing and
Two versions of the test
There are two versions of the IELTS test format namely:
i. IELTS Academic or
ii. IELTS General
Everyone takes the same Listening and Speaking tests, regardless of which version they take.
The Reading and Writing tests differ in content, depending on whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are assessed at exactly the same levels.
You cannot fail the test. IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels.
You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score.
You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.
Your overall band score may be crucial if you intend to emigrate, apply for university or take up a job in an English-speaking country
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