The International English Language Testing System is an English proficiency test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess test takers English communication skills.
There are two versions of IELTS:
- IELTS Academic
- IELTS General Training
The IELTS Academic Module is for studies at undergraduate or postgraduate level or to join a professional organization in an English speaking country.
The IELTS General Training Module is for study at below degree level, to work in an English speaking country or to immigrate to an English speaking country.
There are four sections in the IELTS
- Reading section
- Listening section
- Speaking section
- Writing section
The Listening and Speaking sections are common to both Academic and General modules.
Understanding IELTS scores
Your performance in the real IELTS test will be reported in two ways:
- A band score from 1 to 9 for each of the skill;
- An overall Band score from 1 to 9.
The Overall Band Score is the average of your scores in the four skills. For example, if you score band 6 for Listening, Band 6 for Reading, Band 5 for Writing and Band 7 for Speaking, your Overall Band Score will be:
|6+6+5+7 = 24 =6
Institutions or organizations considering your application are advised to look at both the Overall Band Scores for each skill to make sure that you have the language skills needed for a particular purpose. For example, if your course has a lot of reading and writing but no lectures, listening comprehension might not be very important and a score of, say 5 in listening might be acceptable if the Overall Band Score was 7.On the other hand, for a course where there are lots of lectures and spoken instructions, a score of 5 in listening might be unacceptable even though the Overall Band Score was 7.
NB: IELTS is valid for two years and an international passport is needed for IELTS registration!
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