IELTS / English
IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It is used to check the language proficiency level of an individual who has plans to pursue education or work in a country where English language is medium of communication. The level of proficiency is identified through a nine band scale. If a band score is 1 then that person is declared as non user but if band score 9 which is the top score then it means that the person is an expert. There are over 10,000 education and training institutes in the world which have recognized IELTS certificate as an evidence of English proficiency. IELTS score is a requirement of many universities, located in countries where English is not a common language, which delivers courses in English language.
The IELTS Academic test is appropriate for entry requirements to get admission in universities for undergraduate or postgraduate courses as well as for professional registration purposes. It determines whether the person has the capability or potential of studying or training in an education institution where faculties are using English language and also consider the elements of language used in academic study. A student as well as any person who wants to study or migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and UK can take this test because it is appropriate for both purposes.
The main focus of the test is on basic skills that are required for survival in the broad context of social and workplace. The Department of Home Affairs will check your English abilities if you have applied for Australian visa. In order to support the student application for pursuing education overseas, many people take this IELTS Academic test but it is better if the person checks the entry requirements of the university in which he wants to apply before taking this test.
IELTS test results can be sent directly to the selected universities that are nominated by the students and they do not charge any cost for this service but if the result need to be sent to any university other than the nominated ones, then the fee is charged. You can make such requests to your centre only when the test score is valid. Every person can take this test no matter to which country he belongs because IELTS treat everyone equally and with fairness so there test scores are also reliable.
Already more than 3 million tests have been conducted by IELTS Institute. It is highly popular English language test in the world. Education institutes as well as professional organizations and employers also rely on this English test to check the English proficiency level across Australia. Four skills are assessed in IELTS test which are Listening, reading, writing and speaking so your score is highly dependent on these skills. The two types of IELTS test are IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training so candidates have a choice to select any one from these two versions. In both tests, listening and speaking sessions are same but writing and reading sessions are different. There are no breaks given between IELTS test when three skills are tested. Only speaking session is conducted separately.
In Australia, there are 50 locations where students can take IELTS test but international students have to take this test in their own country so that they can apply for university entry test. Even the students living in Australia are advised to take this test. A person may be speaking English his whole life but still it is strongly recommended to properly prepare for the test and do not get over confident so that one can achieve high score in this test. Candidates should understand the test format and prepare accordingly. If a person is familiar with the test format then they can easily concentrate on the test because they will be mentally prepared for it. Preparation material can be easily available online if you have registered for IELTS. The test is taken in an unbiased and fair environment. They have introduced a new format which is based on computers. The listening, reading and writing sessions will be taken on computer if student has selected this format and time but speaking session will be conducted in person because it is the best way to examine a person’s speaking skill.