IELTS: International Language Testing System
IELTS is an international standardized test of English Language which is basically for non-native English language speakers. It is managed by 3 parties which are British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English Language Test in the world , others being TOEFL, PTE, OPI and son on.
IELTS is accepted by most Australia , British, Canada , Irish and New Zealand academic institutions , by over 3000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS score card or TRF (Test Report Form) is issued to all the test takers with a band score from “band 1” to “band 9”.
There are two characteristics of this test which is Academic IELTS as well for General IELTS. The academic version if for those students who want to study at graduate level in an English Speaking Country. The General test is for them who want to work, train or migrate to English Speaking Country.
IELTS Academic and General training both have the following features.
- IELTS test the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
- The speaking module is the key component of IELTS. It is conducted in the form of one-to-one interview with the examiner. The speaking test is also recorded so that if required in case of re-appeal it can be rechecked.
- A variety of accents and writing styles have been presented in test materials to avoid the racism.
- The accents in listening sections are generally 80% British, Australian, New Zealand, and 20% is of American.
- Band scores are used for each language sub-skill (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The band scale ranges from 0 to 9 wherein 0 indicates “who didn’t attend the test” and 9 is for “expert user”