What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP:IELTS Australia.
It is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.
You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future.
If you need to take an IELTS test in support of your VISA application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for VISA purposes.
Candidates are advised to read the information found here carefully, before applying for an IELTS Test.