What is IELTS?
IELTS stands fo International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world. It is designed to support to work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. It includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.
- It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
- IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, European, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions.
- IELTS is also accepted by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world.
- IELTS is approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as a Secure English Language Test for visa applicants both outside and inside the UK.
- In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.
How Does it Work?
IELTS is an English language test for study, migration or work. IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies around the world.
IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of abilities from non-user to expert user. The Academic version is for test takers who want to study at the tertiary level in an English-speaking country or seek professional registration. The General Training version is for test takers who want to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.
The difference between the Academic and General Training versions is the content, context, and purpose of the tasks. All other features, such as timing allocation, length of written responses, and reporting of scores, are the same.
IELTS Academic and General Training both incorporate the following features:
- IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
- The speaking module is a key component of IELTS. It is conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview with an examiner.
- The examiner assesses the test taker as they are speaking. The speaking session is also recorded for monitoring and for re-marking in case of an appeal against the score given.
- A variety of accents and writing styles have been presented in test materials in order to minimize linguistic bias.
- The accents in the listening section are generally 80% British, Australian, New Zealander and 20% others (mostly American).
- IELTS is developed by experts at Cambridge English Language Assessment with input from item writers from around the world. Teams are located in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other English-speaking nations.
- Band scores are used for each language sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). They are averaged out to derive the overall band score for each test taker.
(Information source: Wikipedia)