What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Test System) is an English proficiency test to determine a person's level of English proficiency. IELTS is accepted by more than 10,000 organizations in more than 140 countries. These organizations include governments, academic institutions and employers with a total of 3,000 in the United States alone. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the United States. It is also recognized by the professional world, immigration institutions and other government agencies. The IELTS test consists of four tested sections; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The IELTS test scores each section with a score of 0-9, which is then averaged for the final score on a 0-9 scale.

Why is IELTS important?
More than 10,000 organizations globally trust IELTS, so when you take the test, you can be sure it is recognized by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.

As one of the pioneers of four English language skills tests 30 years ago, IELTS continues to set the standard for today's English language tests. Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.


Source: Take IELTS - British Council