What is the IELTS Test?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. 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 or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. Most universities will require a minimum score of 6.5 to apply for degree level courses which 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 programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
IELTS is available at more than 1,600 locations worldwide, including more than 50 locations in the USA. Which means you can study online with us to take the test in your home 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 those wishing 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 reliability of the test results since language skills of individuals may develop or deteriorate in a span of two years.
The IELTS system automatically deactivates IELTS result when it reaches its 2nd year. It is not possible to extend the validity of the IELTS results.