IELTS stands for the "International English Language Testing System." It is a standardized test designed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers. The test is widely recognized and accepted by educational institutions, employers, and government agencies in English-speaking countries, as well as for migration and visa purposes.
IELTS measures a candidate's ability to understand, speak, read, and write in English. The test is available in two versions:
. **IELTS Academic:** This version is suitable for students who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels in an English-speaking country. It assesses the language skills required for academic study.
**IELTS General Training:** This version is more suitable for candidates planning to work, undertake non-academic training programs, or immigrate to English-speaking countries. It focuses on everyday English language communication in a social and workplace context.
The IELTS test evaluates the candidates on four language skills:
**Listening:** Candidates listen to various recordings and answer questions based on the content.
**Reading:** Candidates read passages and answer questions to assess their reading comprehension.
**Writing:** Candidates complete writing tasks, including essays or reports, to demonstrate their writing abilities.
. **Speaking:** Candidates participate in a face-to-face interview with an examiner, where they discuss a range of topics to assess their speaking skills.
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system, with Band 1 being the lowest and Band 9 indicating expert proficiency in English. The test results are valid for two years from the test date.
IELTS is administered by various organizations, including the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. Test centers are located worldwide, making it accessible to individuals seeking to prove their English language proficiency for various purposes.