International English Language Testing System
What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.
Who is IELTS for?
Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education
The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
General Training – for school, work or migration
The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.
Why choose IELTS?
IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
Research shows that IELTS motivates test-takers to develop real and well-rounded English rather than learning by rote. This means your understanding of English is improved and valid for real life in an English-speaking country.
IELTS is owned by three reputable, international organisations. It has the highest quality control and security procedures. More than 6000 organisations, including many government departments and universities, rely on IELTS. The IELTS scoring system is recognised globally, giving you a truly international result.
IELTS is available in two test formats
- Academic or General Training: All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.
- Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test centre, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts.
Listening: 30 minutes
This part of the test consists of 4 sections and 40 items.
Reading: 60 minutes
There are two parts of the reading section of the test: the academic part and the general training part. Both consist of 3 tasks and 40 items.
Writing: 60 minutes
Here we have two parts as well: the academic part and the general training part. Both consist of 2 tasks and 150-250 words.
Speaking: 11-14 minutes
This part is the same for both types of the IELTS.