IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System”. It’s a system for testing the language ability of people who need to study or work in an environment where English is the language of communication. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council, and IDP Education. It was established in 1989 and is one of the two major English-language tests in the world (TOEFL being the other)
IELTS is accepted by most American, British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand, and South African academic institutions. Over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States and various professional organizations across the world also accept IELTS. It is now a requirement for people wishing to immigrate to the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
In simply, IELTS is essentially a test that evaluates a candidate's proficiency in English in four essential language skills: speaking, reading, and listening. His or her ability in speaking, listening, reading, and writing is assessed over the course of three hours. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are the two main types of IELTS tests that are administered. Although speaking and listening are frequently covered in both examinations, the reading and writing sections can differ depending on the type of test you take.
There are no gaps between the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of any IELTS exam; they are all taken on the same day.
On the other hand, the Speaking portion can be taken up to seven days before or after the other examinations for regarding paper-based exams. Computer-based may occur on the same day before or after the exam.
Opens doors to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, USA and many other places around the world
The test for those who intend to study abroad
The test for professionals who want to start oversees jobs
The test for migrants who want to settle foreign country
Listening 40 questions approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes transfer time in paper-based and 2 minutes for checking in computer-based)
Reading 40 questions 60 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 60 minutes
Speaking 3 parts 11-14 minutes
IELTS test results are released 3-5 working days in computer-based exam and 13-15 calendar days in paper-based exam after you sit the test in all sections.
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, e.g 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.