IELTS stands for ‘International English Language Testing System'. It is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examination, the British Council and IDP Education Australia, and was established in 1989.
The tests are administered at centers throughout the world. Internationally, universities, professional bodies, government agencies and immigration authorities of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia recognize it.
The International English Language testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication and instruction. It covers four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS is a compulsory exam for admission into universities and training programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
There are two versions of the IELTS:
• Academic Version:- The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country
• General Training Version:- The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
Demanded sectors of IELTS Test
• Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.
• Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US.
• People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.