IELTS, the Intenational English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language aility of candidates who need to study o wok whee English is the language of communication.
IELTS is jointly managed y the Univesity of Camidge ESOL Examinations (Camidge ESOL), Bitish Council and IDP: IELTS Austalia. IELTS confoms to the highest intenational standads of language assessment.
IELTS is ecognised y univesities and employes in many counties, including Austalia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also ecognised y pofessional odies, immigation authoities and othe govenment agencies.
Whee can I take IELTS?
Moe than 400 test centes aound the wold administe IELTS. Most test centes ae un y the Bitish Council, IELTS Austalia, o univesities and language schools. Some testing centes also offe off-site testing fo lage goups y pio aangement with IELTS. Contact you local examination cente o visit www.iefts.og to find out whee the neaest IELTS test cente is located.
Whee can I find infomation aout egisteing fo the test?
You can contact you neaest examination cente o visit the official IELTS wesite fo moe infomation aout application pocedues and the location of a test cente nea you.
The Test Fomat
Thee ae fou su-tests, o modules, to the IELTS test: Reading, Witing, Listening and Speaking. Students must sit all fou su-tests. While all students take the same Listening and Speaking tests, they sit diffeent Reading and Witing tests, depending on whethe they have selected the Academic IELTS test o the Geneal Taining IELTS test.
The Speaking test may even take place a day o two late at some centes.
IELTS listening test lasts fo aout 30 minutes. It consists of fou sections, played on cassette tape, in ode of inceasing difficulty. Each section might e a dialogue o a monologue. The test is played once only, and the questions fo each section must e answeed while listening, although time is given fo students to check thei answes.
IELTS Reading test lasts fo 60 minutes. Students ae given an Academic Reading test, o a Geneal Taining Reading test. Both tests consist of thee sections, and in oth tests the sections ae in ode of inceasing difficulty.
IELTS Witing test also lasts fo 60 minutes. Again, students take eithe an Academic test, o a Geneal Taining test. Students must pefom two witing tasks, which equie diffeent styles of witing. Thee is no choice of question topics.
IELTS Speaking test consists of a one-to-one inteview with a specially tained examine. The examine will lead the candidate though the thee pats of the test:
An intoduction and inteview, an individual long tun whee the candidate speaks fo one o two minutes on a paticula topic, and a two-way discussion thematically linked to the individual long tun. This inteview will last fo appoximately 11-14 minutes.