IELTS – the International English Language Testing System – is the world’s most popular English language test. It is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment and evaluates all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test reflects how you’ll use English to study, work and live in an English speaking environment. You can take the test at any of our official test centres across the world.
IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests around the world with more than 10,000 organisations recognising it internationally. It is accepted by educational institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organisations in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries around the world.IELTS is one of the pioneering English language assessments developed by the prestigious University of Cambridge and offered by the British Council. The test has been setting the standard for English language testing and is trusted by countries for both academic and immigration purposes.
The IELTS test assess the English language ability of a candidate by evaluating all the four skills i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The band provides an insight into the language level of the candidate, to succeed in their career or academics in an English-speaking country.
There are two IELTS tests – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You need to choose the test based on your requirement.IELTS Academic – assesses whether your degree of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic environment. The test reflects aspects of educational language and measures whether you have the required English language ability to study successfully in an English-speaking environment.IELTS General Training – assesses the candidates English language level to function effectively in everyday situations. The questions in the test relate to both the working environment and social circumstances. If you are taking the IELTS test to apply for the UK visa for study, work or live there, then you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.
As mentioned above, the Listening and Speaking sections for both the tests are the same, while the topic subject in the Reading and Writing sections will differ.
The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
Both General Training and Academic Reading Tests take 60 minutes. But while the General test contains 3 sections with the subject material mostly taken from advertisements, guidebooks or notices, the Academic test contains 3 long texts that are mostly taken from books, journals or newspapers. There will be 40 questions in total.
Both the Academic and General Writing tests take 60 minutes, with both the tests containing 2 tasks, where task 2 is an essay of at least 250 words. The difference comes in task 1, where in the Academic test you will have to describe, summarise or explain the data information given in a table, chart or diagram.
The Speaking test takes 12-14 minutes and comprises of 3 parts
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