What is IELTS?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the English language ability of those who want to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is recognised by almost all English speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is the highest standard of English language assessment. It is recognised by immigration authorities, professional bodies and other government agencies.
IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.
You can re-take the test whenever you wish.
IELTS test is arranged at more than 300 test centres, in over 100 countries. It is available up to four tomes a month and the result is issued 13 days after the test.
IELTS is available in two formats- Academic and General training.
The Academic Module is specially designed for students at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to a study programme/course at undergraduate or postgraduate level is based on the result of the Academic Module of IELTS.
The General Training Module is suitable for those who are going to English- speaking countries to get their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The General Training Module is not offered at all test centres.
For more information regarding the Modules contact http://www.ielts.org/
The IELTS has been divided into listening, reading, writing and speaking tests. The listening and speaking tests are same for all candidates. However, there is a difference in the reading and writing modules – for Academic or General Training.
The Listening, Reading and Writing modules are taken in one day without any break. However the Speaking module may be taken seven days before or after these three tests.
For further information on these modules visit the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org/
How to register for the IELTS
Contact the nearest test centre to find out about available test dates and to get the application for the test. You can get contact details at http://www.ielts.org/
There you can get the application form and the relevant information. Complete the application form and send or take it to the test centre with the test fee and two fresh passport-sized photographs. As evidence of identity you need your passport or national identity card with a number, photograph, date of birth and signature.
Candidates taking the test outside their own country must present a passport.
You must bring all these identity documents on the test day. Otherwise, you may not be permitted to take the test.
The test centre will inform you about the date and time of the test in writing. If your speaking test is to be on a different day, you are informed about this also.
Result will be declared 13 days after the test. You may visit the test centre or they may mail your result to you on the13th day.
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