The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most famous high-stakes English-dialect capability test for study, work and relocation, with in excess of 2.2 million tests taken every year. It is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.
IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
The test has four sections:
Listening – 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
Speaking – interview, 15 minutes
Reading – different for Academic or General Training – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
Writing – different for Academic or General Training – 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes
You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.