What is IELTS & Why study for IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is quickly becoming the most widely recognised English test around the world. It is accepted for entry into higher education and professional bodies, and for various countries’ visa applications (i.e. Australia, Canada & the UK).
IELTS tests speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to provide scores from band 1 (non-user) to band 9 (expert user). These scores are combined to provide an overall band score.
Most English speaking universities and higher education institutions require students to have an overall band score of between 6.0 and 7.5 to be eligible for entry.
The Two versions of IELTS (Academic Vs. General Training)
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
What is the test format and how long will it take?
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.