The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is an international English language test
administered jointly by the University of Cambridge, the British Council, and the Australian organization
IDP Education Australia. There are two types of IELTS tests: The academic module: concerns students
wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities or other higher institutions. The second type of IELTS
test is the general module: it is intended for all who wish to undertake non-university training or
immigrate to an English-speaking country.
IELTS is accepted by the majority of universities in the United States (more than 2000 in October 2008), in the United Kingdom, in Canada, in Australia, in Ireland, in New Zealand, in South Africa, by institutions teaching offering international qualifications in English (Europe, Asia) as well as by various professional organizations.
Every year, around 1.2 million people take IELTS around the world
The maximum IELTS score in step 9
A so-called “intermediate” level is around level 5
Your results are published 13 days after taking the test
In 2008, 75.4% of candidates took the IELTS in the academic version, and 24.6% in the general
The IELTS test consists of four tests:
– An oral comprehension test (Listening)
– A written comprehension test (Reading)
– A written expression test
– An oral expression test (Speaking.