Are you planning to study or train abroad? Are you applying to an institution and need to prove your level of English? Do you need to raise your standard of English? We can provide information on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
WHAT IS IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is a test designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study, train or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is widely recognised throughout the world. It is recognised as a language requirement for courses of study or training in further and higher education in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many other countries. In the United States, it is increasingly gaining recognition as an alternative to TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). IELTS is also a requirement for immigration into certain countries.
IELTS is a comprehensive test covering all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Test results are recorded for each skill on the candidate’s Test Report Form, on a scale from one to nine. From July, 2007, IELTS band scores will become more informative. Scores for each part of the test will still be reported on the scale from 1 – 9, but now the Writing and Speaking modules will be reported in whole or half-band in the same way as the Reading and Listening modules. These nine levels, or bands, each have a definition describing the candidate’s English competence at that level. The profile of band scores on the Test Report Form is valid for a period of two years.
WHAT IS THE TEST LIKE?
There are two versions of the IELTS test: the Academic Module and the General Training Module. Every test has four parts, each testing a different skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking. However, the reading and writing tests are different for the Academic and General Training candidates. All candidates take the same listening and speaking modules.
THE ACADEMIC MODULE
This version has been developed for students seeking entry to a university or institution of higher education offering degree and diploma courses.
THE GENERAL TRAINING MODULE
This version has been developed for students seeking entry to a secondary school, a practical or vocational training course, or for people taking the test for immigration purposes.
Many institutions require minimum scores or Bands in particular skills, to match the demands of particular courses. Admission to academic courses can differ according to the university and to undergraduate or postgraduate courses. An overall Band Score of 7.0 in the Academic Module is accepted by many universities world-wide as proof of English competence. Some vocational courses accept an overall Band-Score of 6.0. However, entry requirements vary, and candidates should check the Band-Scores required for entry to their chosen course. For immigration purposes, IELTS Band Scores are set by the embassy of the receiving country.