NEW UKVI REGULATIONS FROM 6TH APRIL 2015
All candidates applying for UK should read the following link and note that Tier 4 student sponsor visas are usually unaffected by the changes. Candidates are responsible for checking with the relevant UK authorities before reserving a test. UKVI FAQ
The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.9 million tests taken in the last year.
IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.
The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.
There are two types of IELTS test – the Academic and the General Training module. The Academic IELTS assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these modules.
The General Training IELTS emphasizes basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmers not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules – Academic or General Training. It is the responsibility of the candidate to tell the Administrator which version, Academic or General Training, they need to take. For further details, click on individual icons.
The first three modules – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test center, in the period seven days before or after the other three modules.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user, with each module consisting of tasks of ascending levels of difficulty. For interpretation of the IELTS band scores click the button below
and for details of how the band scores are calculated click here.
The IELTS score you need is determined by the requirements of your visa or the university, college, employer or immigration authority to which you are applying. We suggest you check the minimum score you need with the organization you are applying to.
Results are issued by test centers within two weeks of the test. Test centers are not permitted to give results out over the phone nor by fax or e-mail.
As a general rule it is recommended that a Test Report Form that is more than two years old should only be accepted as evidence of present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency.