IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS is owned by three partners: Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Limited
There are TWO kinds of IELTS: General Training and Academic
- General Training is suitable for those who want to use language as a tool in social and workplace context or those who would like to go abroad for work experience or work training.
- Academic is appropriate for those who wish to study for a long time in an English-speaking country, further their education or work in a professional English-speakig organization
(On my website, Academic IELTS is focused, because that kind of test is much more challenging and high school/ university students are object-oriented)
WHAT IS TESTED?
IELTS tests the students all four skills in English: Listening – Speaking – Reading – Writing
|Listening||4 sections||30-40 minutes|
|Reading||3 sections||60 minutes|
|Writing||2 tasks||60 minutes|
|Speaking||3 parts||11-14 minutes|
HOW IS IELTS SCORED?
The results are reported on nine-band scale. IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills, which are also reported on nine-band scale. Each Overall Band Score corresponds to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate classified at that level.
More information about format of each test for each skill will be discussed in other posts: