What is IELTS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency exam that measures the language ability of candidates willing to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication. The exam mainly assesses the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
Available world-wide in more than 110 countries, and is the most widely accepted test in Australia, Canada, UK and the US, IELTS is jointly owned and administered by the University of Cambridge – Local Examination Syndicate, The British Council and the IDP Education. Apart from the academic purposes, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and certification agencies use IELTS scores to evaluate English proficiency.
You can take IELTS exam with the British Council up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council Global Schedule for global test dates is 48 days per year. However, if a candidate is not satisfied with his scores he can take the exam again after three months from the date of the first exam.
You can even apply for the 'British council IELTS scholarship Award' so that if you score exceptionally well in the IELTS exam, you will be awarded to Rs. 3 lakh towards the cost of your tuition fees.
Types of IELTS
IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General. Students need to take the Academic test and other applicants who need IELTS results for Visa or scholarship purposes need to take General test. Here we cover the Academic test pattern.
IELTS exam is open for all and there are no specific eligibility criteria. The only minimum requirement is that a candidate should have passed 10+2 level of recognised board exams. The respective institutes may have a different eligibility criteria but the IELTS has no specific selection criteria. IELTS test is recommended for candidates who are 16 years and above.