What is IELTS

Published On: 24 Mar 2012

 | Last Updated On: 12 Feb 2013

About IELTS - IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests students for English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.7 million tests globally, IELTS tests are held in over 800 centers up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits for the test regardless of a student's nationality. IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

Over 6000 organizations and more than 1.7 million test takers around the world trust and recognize IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 800 test centers and locations in over 130 countries.

IELTS Eligibility Criteria

Anyone can take the IELTS test, there is no minimum education qualification required for taking the test. Candidates below 16 years of age are not eligible to apply. IELTS is an eligibility test for candidates who want to migrate to English speaking countries.

IELTS Paper Pattern

IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

Who accepts IELTS?

IELTS is the world’s proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organizations in over 135 countries. 

  • Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies and employers

The IELTS Global Recognition Systemcan tell you exactly which organizations accept IELTS and the scores they require.

Start your journey to international study or employment with an IELTS score.

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