IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System.
The IELTS exam is now taken by over 1.5 million people every year. It is recognised by universities, companies, professional bodies, immigration authorities, and government institutions all around the world as a measure of English Language ability.
IELTS tests can be taken up to four times a month in over 120 countries.
There is no pass or fail for the IELTS exam. Instead, you receive a band score between 1 and 9. This may include a half point, such as 6.5 for example. You will receive your results 13 days after you take the IELTS test.
IELTS exam format
There are two different types of IELTS exam:
1. The academic module. The IELTS academic module is designed for students who wish to study in English speaking universities at either degree level or postgraduate masters or PhD level. It is also taken by those wishing to work in specific professions, such as medicine or dentistry.
2. The general training module. The IELTS general training module is for those hoping to migrate to the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, or for those hoping to study in an English speaking country below degree level.
Doctors and nurses moving to the UK will need to take the academic module. Doctors need to achieve 7.5 overall and nurses need a score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in every skill area.
For both IELTS modules, there are four parts, each one focusing on a specific skill: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The reading and writing sections are different for the two modules, whereas the listening and speaking sections are the same.
IELTS was created by and is jointly owned by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and IDP: IELTS Australia.
Source: Specialist Languages Courses
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