International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries. IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. American academic institutions are increasingly accepting IELTS for admissions purposes. IELTS is accepted by many professional organisations including the New Zealand Immigration Service, the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the Australian Medical Council, the UK General Medical Council and the UK Ministry of Defense, US Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), The Australian Dental Technicians Board, The Australian Pharmacy Examining Council, The Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland etc. More than 700,000 people a year take the test.

IELTS is jointly managed by The University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations, The British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.IELTS Test

About IELTS Exam
IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training. The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these Modules. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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 tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.

The first three modules – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. There is no break between the modules. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other modules.

A computerised version of IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing Modules (CBIELTS) is available at selected centres, but all centres will continue to offer paper-based IELTS and candidates will be given the choice of the medium in which they wish to take the test.Based on the Test, each module is reported separately as a Band Score, together with an Overall Band Score reported as a whole band or a half band.

IELTS Test Registration
IELTS management is centrally controlled but the administration of the test takes place in local test centres. This guarantees flexibility and adaptability, and ensures a very rapid turn around from registration to results. Most centres conduct a testing session at least once a month and more often at peak times. Special test sessions can be arranged for particular sponsors or organizations according to the global IELTS test date schedule. Information on the availability of test sessions at centres can be found on the IELTS Web-site
IELTS Test Cost
Fees are set by test centres. Expect to pay around £90 GBP or $140 USD or Rs.7200


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