IELTS: International English Language Testing System
As the globalization spread, more and more academic institutions, organizations, and immigration laws make it mandatory of being proficient in English as a language. The IELTS is such a English proficiency test jointly managed by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP: IELTS Australia for non-native English speakers. This English as a language proficiency test was started in the year 1989.
IELTS is one of the standard tests that are recognized worldwide to accept non-native speakers into English speaking countries for education, working professionals, and immigration processes. The two versions of the IELTS tests, IELTS Academic Version for students wishing to study in universities and General Training version is for people non-academic purposes. The test can be taken in specified centers by registering and completing formalities online and paying the test fees.
There are no pre-requisites for IELTS. Anyone wishing to attempt the test can give it maximum four times in a month and not exceeding forty eight times in a year. The candidate’s ability to listen, read, write, speak, and interpret properly are tested in the exam. The test scores are valid up to two years from the announcement of the result and is accepted in all academic institutions of UK, Australia, and 3000 US universities.
The test is graded on the scale of 0-9. Every band increases on 0.5 magnitudes, where 0 point depicts scores of non-test takers and 9 point depicts an expert.