IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS is an international test in English language proficiency held by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and the IDP Educational Australia. IELTS was founded in 1989.

There are two versions of IELTS, namely:

  • The Academic version is intended for those who wish to enroll in universities and other higher education institutions and for professionals such as doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
  • The General Training version is intended for those planning to conduct non-academic training or to obtain work experience, or for immigration purposes.

IELTS is accepted by most institutions in Australia, England, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa Academics, more than 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations. This is also a requirement for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

For those who want to enter universities that are abroad, a minimum score ranges from 5.5 to 6.5 and scores ranging from 7.0 to 7.5 for those interested in postgraduate programs depend on the university and the level you want to take. For companies or institutions, the minimum value needed to pass the test is determined by the companies and institutions themselves.

The IELTS result or the Test Report Form is issued for all candidates with scores ranging from 1 to 9. The highest score on the IELTS is 9, which means that the person is truly capable in all the fields being tested. This result is valid for two years period. Applicants who take the IELTS test are usually asked to complete four modules (speaking, writing, reading, and listening). After carrying out the IELTS test, the candidate will receive a file or score displayed on the IELTS report form. 

The IELTS exam takes an average of 2 hours 45 minutes. Listening, reading and writing tests must be completed on the same day. While speaking tests take a week, before or after the written test.

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