International English Language Testing System

The IELTS is a universally recognised test for proficiency in the English Language, valid for work, study and migration purposes. The IELTS has two modules, depending on the purpose for taking the exam – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. The IELTS can be taken on paper or on a computer, there is no difference between the content, format or level of difficulty in either of the forms. 

The IELTS is a holistic language proficiency test and has four components – Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. The total test takes up to 3 hours to complete. The Reading, Writing and Listening Sections can be done together at a stretch, but the Speaking Section, which involves a private face-to-face conversation with an examiner, has a separate time slot that may be booked or allotted directly beforehand. The IELTS is graded on the 9-band system, with each of the language skills being given an equal amount of weightage. 

The IELTS exam is scheduled multiple times a month, on both weekdays and weekends, making it convenient for people from all walks of life to take the exam.

The multiple modules of the IELTS also makes it practical for people to deal with topics in the exam that fall directly in line with their reasons for taking the exam in the first place.

This also allows for a better and more practical assessment of the non-native speaker’s language proficiency in a more real life context. Not only does this prove whether or not the language proficiency is up to the mark for the field of study or work, but also guarantees a smooth transition for the non-native speaker into a country where the native language is English.

The IELTS, therefore, forms a necessary component for most institutions, and thus should not be something left for the last minute. It is best to view the official website for information regarding exam dates and availability, as well as for locating official testing centres nearby. 

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