The International English Language Testing (IELTS) is jointly owned by the British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS scores are accepted by over 8000 recognising organisations and delivered in 900+ locations worldwide. In the last year, 2,000,000 people took the IELTS test. IELTS is designed to assess the language abilities of those who wish to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication. It is recognised by thousands of organisations, including universities, government agencies and corporations, in over 135 countries. IELTS is the world's most popular and most reliable English language testing system.
You can choose from two types of IELTS tests: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to work, study or migrate. General Training is not offered on all IELTS test dates. The Academic module is for those who wish to study for an undergraduate or post-graduate degree course through English. The General Training module is for those who are planning to join a training or work experience programme in an English-speaking environment. It is also suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. If you are not sure which module you should take or what score you require, you can search here for institution requirements.
The IELTS test is currently a paper-based test only. Both the Academic and General Training modules have four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The written part of the test (Listening, Reading and Writing) generally takes place on Saturday mornings between 9 am and 1.15 pm. However, sometimes IELTS tests take place on a Thursday. The Speaking part of the test can take place on a Saturday afternoon or at another time within seven days before or after the written part of the test.
IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale. For further information on the test, you can download the Information for Candidates Booklet or visit the IELTS homepage. You can also visit the new TAKE IELTS website, which contains lots of useful information and advice on the exam.