International English Language Testing System, also known as the IELTS, is the international standardized test English language proficiency testing system jointly developed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies, and government immigration agencies usually need documentation of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted by academic universities in Australia, UK, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and other various professional organizations across the world.
It is designed to test the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where the English language is used as the means of communication.
IELTS is categorized into four modules:
It is divided into three sections, but the academic and general tests can vary. You are allowed 60 minutes to finish this test. You can look at various reading materials in class to prepare you for this part of the test. You are also required to do several exercises based upon them.
In the academic module, the candidate has to explain a chart of some description in the first part, plus in the second part, the candidate has to write a short essay. Whereas, in the general module, the candidate writes a letter in the first one and an essay in the second one.
The listening test is only played once and is categorized into four sections. In this test, you will need to answer 40 questions in response to four recordings. You will listen to four recordings that are a mix of monologues and conversations from a range of native speakers and answer the questions. You will only hear each recording once.
It is a face-to-face, informal conversation with an IELTS examiner, and is the same for both Academic and General Training. The speaking test is divided into three sections designed to test your pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary. In the first section, candidates may be questioned about their situation, and in the second section, candidates speak on a given subject for one minute. In the third section, there is a conversation between the examiner and the candidate.