IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) is an international English language testing system for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment. The test assesses language skills from beginner to professional level. Depending on your goals, there are two modules of IELTS: Academic or General Training Module. Both versions of the test consist of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Who founded the testing?
IELTS was established by the British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment. You can take IELTS in more than 1000 licensed language centers in 140 countries.
How to register?
First you need to find the nearest testing center and check the exam dates. Registration takes place online. You must fill out an application form and have a photocopy of a valid passport. During registration, you will be able to choose the option to send the test results to your institution immediately. You will also be informed about the date and place of the test. Note that Speaking part can take place on a separate day.
What is the cost of the test?
The cost of the IELTS (Academic or General Training module) is about $150.00
What is the structure of the test?
Testing takes place on certain days under the same conditions in any country in the world. The test consists of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS assesses the candidate’s ability to use English in real life situations. There are two formats – academic (for university and higher education) and general training. All candidates take the same tests in spoken and listening, but reading and writing differ depending on the format of the test (academic or general). The rating scale is from 1 to 9 points, and the score has a recommended validity period of 2 years.
What is the total test time?
Testing lasts 2 hours 45 minutes.
How are the results determined?
Candidates are evaluated by their level of knowledge from 1 (elementary level) to 9 (professional level) points. Arithmetic mean of all four parts ultimately make up the final score. Approximation start at 0.25. That is, if your arithmetic average score is 6.25, then you will receive 6.5 points for the test.
What do I need to bring with me on the day of testing?
You must have a document that you indicated in the application form (passport).