What is the IELTS Test?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the English language level of people who want to study or work in English. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
There are actually 2 types of IELTS exam which are IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic.
Which IELTS Test Is Right For Me?
International students that apply to universities in the UK , Australia New Zealand or Canada will take the IELTS Academic test. The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education (such as university) or professional registration (such as a job) in an English speaking setting. It assesses if you are ready to begin studying or training. Many universities want a minimum score of 6.5 before you can apply for degree level courses. This is equivalent to CEFR B2 so you may need to do a general English course first to improve your level before you take an IELTS test.
IELTS General Training
The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education (below degree level), work experience or training programmes. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic skills in many social and workplace contexts.
IELTS is available at more than 1,600 locations around the world, including more than 50 locations in the USA. This means you can study online with us and take the test in your country before you travel.
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Can I Use The IELTS Test To Apply For A UK Visa?
IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training and IELTS Life Skills are accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as proof of English proficiency for people who would like to live, work and study in the UK.
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Does The IELTS Test Result Have An Expiry Date?
The IELTS result is only valid for two years from the test date. This is to ensure the speakers’ abilities are still the same over two years.
It is not possible to extend the validity of the IELTS results beyond two years.