IELTS — International English Language Testing System
IELTS is owned by Cambridge ESOL, the British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.
The IELTS test come in two modules:
Academic – this module is for people wishing to study in English at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
General Training – this module is for people wishing to migrate to an English–speaking country
Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing tests.
The total test time is around 2 hours 45 minutes. The first three tests – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. The Speaking test may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other tests.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non–user to expert user. Test takers receive a score of 0–9, with 0 being for those who did not attempt the test, and 9 being for the most proficient users. Most universities accept scores between score : 6 – 8 as being suitable for higher studies
Format of Exams
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules.