IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 1100 test centres and locations in over 140 countries. It is designed to assess the language abilities of those who wish to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication. It is recognised by over 10,000 organisations, including universities, government agencies and corporations. IELTS is the world’s most popular and most reliable English language testing system. Over 3 million IELTS tests were taken in the last year.
Two types of IELTS tests are available: IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on whether you want to work, study or migrate.
The IELTS Academic module is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
The IELTS General Training module is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
The IELTS test is currently a paper-based test only. Both the Academic and General Training modules have four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The written part of the test (Listening, Reading and Writing) generally takes place on Saturday mornings between 8.30am / 9am and 1.15 pm. The Speaking part of the test can take place on a Saturday afternoon or two days before or after the main test date. You must be available during this period. Please include a note with your application form if you wish to have your speaking test on the same day. Please note that this request cannot be guaranteed as places are allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test listening, reading, writing and speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. In order to get a result you require, we recommend that you take an IELTS Preparation Course.
For further information on the test, you can download the Information for Candidates Booklet or visit the IELTS homepage. You can also visit the new TAKE IELTS website, which contains lots of useful information and advice on the exam.