IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardised English test run by and managed by the Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Australia.
The test is taken in order to show proficiency in the English language in order to study abroad or for immigration purposes, such as to work.
Click on the icon to go to some of the great teaching material on the IELTS buddy website
The letters stand for the International English Language Testing System. It is a test designed to measure your ability in the four skills of writing, speaking, reading and listening.
After the test you will be given a score from 1-9. You use this score for admission to a university or to work abroad (institutions and employers decide what score they require).
It is accepted by many institutions and employers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America.
There are four sections in the IELTS test, but some parts vary depending on whether you are taking the test to study abroad or work/live abroad.
The IELTS Academic test is taken if you are planning to study abroad at school or higher education establishments.
The general training module is intended to test English ability in a
more practical, everyday context. The test format is the same as above
for the listening and speaking. However the writing and reading
modules are different.
People often take the general training module if they are intending to work or live abroad.
Are there things that you are worried about in IELTS or you don't understand?
The site is here to help you with all the kinds of issues you may have with the test.
Here are some common ones:
This is probably one of the first things you'll be asking yourself if you are new to the test or you've take it but think you may not be preparing properly.
learn how you should start preparing:
You are given a separate score for each module of the test and these are then averaged together to give you a final overall band score.
Here you can learn more about how they are calculated and there is also a link to an IELTS Band Score Calculator, which works out final scores for you based on your scores for each module:
It's useful to get an idea which questions have come up in the IELTS writing exam so you know what kinds of essay questions you have to prepare for.
On this page, candidates have posted recent writing topics:
The test dates are usually on a Saturday three times a month, and some Thursdays.
They are set in advance for the whole year and are on the same date in every country.
Check what the test dates are for this year:
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