IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardized test of English language proficiency jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education. IELTS is accepted in more than 150 countries and more than 2 million candidates took the test in 2012. The test is intended both for those who want to enroll in universities or other institutions of higher education (Academic) and for those planning to undertake non-academic training or for immigration purposes (General Training).
In the IELTS, candidates are tested in the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Listening and Speaking Modules of the test are the same in both formats; however, the Reading and Writing Modules are quite different. The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an Undergraduate or Postgraduate level. The emphasis of General Training is on basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. It is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.
The chart below shows how the test is divided.
At followenglish we offer IELTS preparation course for small groups or in individual classes. We focus on the skills you need to develop as well as on the grammar and vocabulary required to get a good score in the test.
The registration is online and the results are available within 13 days after the test date. For more information about the exam, click on the links below to download the IELTS Information for Candidates Booklet and the IELTS Handbook.
Here are some useful links for your preparation: