What is IELTS? IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. This system measures how proficient a person is who wants to work or study in an area where English is the primary language used to communicate. You get a grade from one to nine on a scale. One is for a non-user and nine is for an expert user. The IELTS comes split into two different formats.
IELTS General and IELTS Academic
The first thing you have to do is decide on which form of the IELTS you want to take. Most people will take the general course, but some may need an academic course.
- IELTS Academic– The IELTS Academic course is meant for people who apply for professional registration or for higher education. You’ll have a greater focus on academic language to gauge whether or not you’re ready to train or study.
- IELTS General– One of the more broadly used tests, the IELTS General focuses on making sure you have general survival skills in a broad workplace and social context. This test is for:
- People migrating to Canada, Australia or the UK (required)
- People applying for training programs, secondary education or work experience in an English-speaking environment
No matter which version of the IELTS you take, you’ll get an accurate and valid assessment of the four essential language skills. These skills include listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The International English Language Testing System is Fair for All Participants
The IELTS General strives to treat every person that takes the test with the utmost respect and fairness. They accomplish this by accepting a broad range of native-speaking English including Australian, British, North American and New Zealand English as well as actively avoiding cultural biases.
Their approach to the test is widely recognised as fair to test-takers of all cultural backgrounds, nationalities, special needs and gender. Anyone who takes the IELTS can have confidence that it:
- Features a face-to-face, one-on-one speaking section
- Assesses English language skills and not specialist knowledge. The test covers topics that are generalised enough for each test-taker to answer
- Ensures each test question goes through an extensive trial with people from all different cultures to prove they are both fair and appropriate
- Focuses on assessing your practical ability to communicate
- Provides an accurate and valid assessment of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
- Serves academic and non-academic purposes with two different versions
The highest quality controls are in place for each IELTS General that students take. Before the test, steps ensure that each test-taker is who they say they are. Each version of the test is unique, and no one will ever take the same test. The results go through a double marking phase before getting posted through the Results Verification Service.
You’ll also get several chances to take the IELTS General as well. They hold the test at over 1,600 locations around the world, and there are 48 test dates throughout the year. You can contact us to find out more!