IELTS Test - General Information
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|IELTS means International English Language Testing System and it is a test of English language proficiency. The test is designed to assess the language ability of non-native speakers of English who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. It covers all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS test focuses on "International English", which includes British English, American English and other varieties like Australian or South African English.
IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia. IELTS tests are administered at centres throughout the world - there are currently more than 300 centres, in over 120 countries.
IELTS is accepted by most British, Australian, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions for higher and further education. IELTS is increasingly accepted by European academic institutions where the medium of instruction is English. In the United States of America IELTS is gaining recognition as an alternative to TOEFL. However, note that not all academic institutions in the USA are accepting the IELTS score in which case you need to take TOEFL.
The table above gives just a basic information concerning IELTS recognition. Please visit the official IELTS website to locate academic institutions (as well as professional organisations and employers) that use IELTS test band score results for admissions and registration purposes.
Universities typically require a band score of between 6 and 7. However, level depends on the academic institution in which you wish to study and the type of course you will be taking. IELTS is also a mandatory requirement for students of many nationalities to get student visas to Australia (TOEFL exam is not accepted). An IELTS score must be included at the time of application for the student visa. Tests older than 2 years are not acceptable.
IELTS is also accepted by many professional organizations (Australian Medical Council, UK General Medical Council), immigration authorities (New Zealand Immigration Service, Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs) and other government agencies.
IELTS is required as proof of your language abilities for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
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