January 6, 2012

International English Language Testing System, IELTS

What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. IELTS tests are held in over 500 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality.

Why choose IELTS?
IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

Test format
IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.

Academic or General Training?
The following definitions are to be used as a general guide only.
Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education
The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
General Training – for school, work or migration
The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.

It should be noted that certain professions require an Academic test result for registration and migration purposes.

Special needs
If you have a disability or condition which might require special arrangements, you should discuss it with your test centre as soon as possible. Each case is considered individually and you will need a medical certificate. Test centres need three months to put arrangements into place.

General Information
Over 6000 organisations and more than 1.5 million test takers around the world trust and recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 800 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

British Council
British Council connects people worldwide with the learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries. British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunity and cultural relations and is represented in 107 countries worldwide.

Please contact ielts@britishcouncil.org for further information.

IDP: IELTS Australia
IDP: IELTS Australia is a subsidiary of IDP Education, one of the world's leading international education organisations offering student placement in Australia, the USA and the UK. IDP Education has 40 years' experience in international higher education. IELTS Australia Pty Ltd manages a network of more than 100 IELTS test centres in over 35 countries.

Please contact ielts@idp.com for further information.

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)
Cambridge ESOL is the world's leading provider of exams for learners of English. Cambridge exams are recognised by over 8,500 organisations worldwide and taken by over 3 million people each year in 135 countries.

Please contact ielts@ucles.org.uk for further information or visit http://www.cambridgeesol.org/

IELTS Contact Information
For more: Official IELTS website
For test-takers worldwide: Official test takers information
Additional information: IELTS exam by the British Council-Nigeria

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