The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to a country where English is the native language. Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTS is developed to provide a fair and accurate assessment of English language proficiency. Test questions are developed by language specialists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. The test covers four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. IELTS test content reflects everyday situations. It is unbiased and fair to all test takers from all backgrounds. IELTS is recognized by more than 11,000 education and training providers worldwide. Some universities in non-English speaking countries also require an IELTS score if the course is taught in English.
There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General Training. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. Make sure that you prepare for the correct test type. The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale. They are designed to be simple and easy to understand.
IELTS (British Council and IDP IELTS) Link: IELTS Home of the IELTS English Language Test