The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), has been proven to be one of the best if not the best international standardised test of English language efficiency which is especially for non English language speakers.

IELTS is recorded to be established in 1989 and is jointly managed and co-ordinated by the British Council, and others

IELTS is known as one of the major English-language tests you can get in the world.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is accepted as the best test by most of the Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions in their dealings, and also by more than 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and many professional organisations across the globe.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has approve IELTS as the only Secure English Language Test for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK.

IELTS has also meet the requirements for immigration to Australia, where TOEFL and Pearson Test of English Academic are also accepted, and New Zealand.

IELTS has No minimum score to pass the test. An IELTS result is given to all the candidate who scored from “band 1” seen as non English user to “band 9” seen as expert in English usage. Each institution sets a different threshold.

There is what is known as “band 0” score for candidates who did not write the test. Test results that is over than two years are not to be accepted by institutions, unless the holder proves that they have worked to maintain their level.

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IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed in such a way that it is for both candidates who are English speaking experts and non users.

The IELTS Academic test version is for candidate who are interested in studying at tertiary level in any English-speaking country or those who seek professional registration.

While the IELTS General Training test version is for candidate who are interested in working, training, studying at a secondary school or those who migrate to an English-speaking country.

The main difference between the Academic and General Training test versions is its content, the context and purpose of the tasks.

All other features, such as timing allocation, the length of written responses and reporting of scores, are all the same for both tests.

IELTS involves

  • IELTS tests the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
  • The speaking module is a key component of IELTS. It is conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview with an examiner. The examiner assesses the test taker as he or she is speaking. The speaking session is also recorded for monitoring and for re-marking in case of an appeal against the score given.
  • A variety of accents and writing styles have been presented in test materials in order to minimise linguistic bias. The accents in the listening section are generally 80% British, Australian, New Zealander and 20% others (mostly American).
  • IELTS is developed by experts at Cambridge English Language Assessment with input from item writers from around the world. Teams are located in the US, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other English-speaking nations.
  • Band scores are used for each language sub-skill i.e Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The Band Scale ranges from 0 which is for those who did not attempt the test to 9 persons who are experts.

Why is IELTS important?

Over 10,000 organisations worldwide trust IELTS, so when you take the test you can be sure that it is recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.

As one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing 30 years ago, IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today. Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.

Band scale

IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest half band. There is no pass or fail. 

Bands and value

Bandvalue Reason
0Did not attempt the testNo assessable information provided at all.
1Non userEssentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
2Intermittent userNo real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
3Extremely limited userConveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
4Limited userBasic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
5Modest UserHas partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
6Competent userHas generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
7Good userHas operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
8Very Good userHas fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
9Expect userHas full operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

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IELTS Purpose

To assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers.

How does IELTS work?

IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for success in your new job or study placement abroad.

Applicants will be assessed on the following elements:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

What does the IELTS exam consist

Audio tracks, passages, essays, and interviews, At a glance, the IELTS test has four sections: IELTS Listening, IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing, and IELTS Speaking.

These four sections are found on two different versions of the exam: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. If you’re wondering, “What is IELTS test content like?” we’ll take a look at the format of these four sections in more detail below.

The IELTS assesses four English skills. There are assessments for the “literacy” in English skills, reading and writing. And the IELTS also tests your ability in listening and speaking, the conversational English skills.

The IELTS tests your English skills with a variety of question types and task types. You’ll need to answer multiple choice questions in various formats.

There are also short answer questions, where you must write in the correct word or phrase. And there are tasks where you will talk to a native or near-native English speaker and write essays or letters in English.

Because there are so many different types of test items, the IELTS is not just a language test. It’s also an assessment of your test-taking skills.

For example, When someone asks, “How’s your English?” a common way to answer involves highlighting your strengths and weaknesses on the IELTS test.

Meaning, look at your IELTS practice test performance, and figure out what you’re good and not-so-good at.

You may ask Why? Because each language user has a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses.