What is IELTS?

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English which helps you to study, work or migrate to other countries where English is used as the first or second language for conversation which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. It ensures that when you are in a foreign country you are able to communicate with others. This test assesses your listening, reading, writing, and speaking capability in English which is graded on a scale of 1-9.

Why take IELTS?

Do you know that English is the third most spken language in the world? That’s why if you plan to study, work or live outside where English is used then you must have the ability to show your high English language capability. This ability not only helps you integrate into the foreign community but also opens up job opportunities. Your ability is tested through the IELTS Test and this is the most popular test for migrartion to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and the UK. IELTS is recognised globally which includes more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies. 


IELTS score scale

Band score Skill Level Description
Expert user
The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
Very good user
The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
Good user
The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
Competent user.
The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Modest user
The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
Limited user
The test taker's basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
Extremely limited user
The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
Intermittent user
The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
Did not attempt the test
The test taker did not answer the questions.

How do I know which band score I will get?

The higher you can score in your IELTS, reflects a better understanding and ability to communicate in English. Each immigration body, university, workplace or institution will have specific IELTS score requirements. The score you need will depend on what you are looking to do in the country, i.e work or study. 

How IELTS is developed

IELTS is developed to provide a fair and accurate assessment of English language proficiency.

Test questions are developed by language specialists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. The test covers four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

IELTS test content reflects everyday situations. It is unbiased and fair to all test takers from all backgrounds

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