IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and offered through more than 500 locations in 120 countries. Should you need to study or work in a country where English is the main language of communication, there are certain tests that you must take. Nowadays, students applying for study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US need IELTS assessment. Medical professionals planning to go for further studies or work in the UK, Australia or the USA require IELTS test. Also, it is required by the people who are planning to migrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. It is for those who are going to English-speaking countries to have secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit for the General Training test.
The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.
There is no 'pass' or 'fail' in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance in the test, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Your results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.