IELTS test is a standardization test to check the communication capabilities of an individual in areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. This IELTS is compulsory for anyone who intends to study or work in a country where the language of communication is English. From the year 1989, the IELTS test is a worldwide approved test that measures the communication ability of an individual. The IELTS test is recognized across 120 countries in more than 4000 institutions and government agencies. More than 5 lakh students take the IELTS test every year worldwide. Yet it is the fastest growing English language standardization test till date.
In some countries like UK, just an assessment is all that required for admission. But in many countries especially Germany and Europe the IELTS test is compulsory. The test takes place in Copenhagen and Arhus and is under the administration of the British Council. Almost a whole day has to be spent to finish this test. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and UK have made the IELTS test a gateway to college admissions. The IELTS test is an important proof for immigration formalities in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The IELTS test is a recognized medium by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. The IELTS test is similar to the TOEFL test.
The IELTS test has two sections of (i) the Academic Module and (ii) the General Training Module. For people who are interested in following an academic course the Academic module is suitable. Students planning to undertake higher education study or who are seeking professional registration can take the Academic module. On the other hand individuals who are interested in going in for immigration or any non-academic courses can take the General Training Module. Both the modules are divided in to four parts. The Academic Module is usually for people wanting to follow an Academic Course in English and the General Training Module is usually for people wanting to follow a non-academic course or for immigration. Both modules are in four parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The four organizations who administer the IELTS test are
- University of Cambridge ESOL Exams
- The British Council
- IDP Education Australia and
- IELTS Australia
Institutions like New Zealand Immigration Service, the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Medical Council, the UK General Medical Council and the UK Ministry of Defense accept IELTS test scores as entry level scores.
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