International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
A candidate can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.
The test has 4 sections-
Listening – 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
Speaking - Interview, 15 minutes
Reading – Different for Academic or General Training – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
Writing – Different for Academic or General Training – 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes
After successful completion of the test the candidates get a score between 1 to 9. The candidates who do not attempt the exam are given a score of 0.