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IELTS 101: What You Should Know

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It measures an individual’s mastery of the English language. It’s measured in terms of listening perception, reading comprehension, written word mastery, and conversational dexterity. It is the foremost English language test for students, professionals needing to work overseas, and used by immigration authorities worldwide.

Why do you need to take IELTS?

IELTS is required for students who want to study abroad, particularly in English-speaking countries. Educational institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada have a minimum score-level for IELTS for the degrees that they offer. As for professionals, especially for those in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, immigration officials from English-speaking countries require score bands that range from 5.5 to 8.  

IELTSHow do you take IELTS?

All it takes to get your IELTS exam are three simple steps. First, you need to find the nearest IELTS test location and find out the best schedule for you. Once you have chosen your location and schedule, register either online or download the form and submit it to your chosen center. You need to present a valid government-issued ID (the same one you need to present on test day) and pay. The last step is to take the test and that’s it!

What is the coverage of the exam?

There are two types of exams, depending on your need. You can take either the General Training or the Academic test. General Training is for non-degree secondary education and general migration requirements. Academic test is for students applying to get a degree abroad, as well as for migration for professionals in English-speaking countries. Both tests have Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking components. A variety of question types are used, from multiple-choice to flow-chart models, so it’s recommended that you take a practice exam for the mode you chose.

Does IELTS expire?

I took IELTS twice, once in the Philippines and eight years later in Australia. Australian immigration officials processing student visas require that your IELTS results be within the last two years. Make sure that all your migration plans are already in place before scheduling an IELTS exam as it’s not exactly cheap. You don’t want to retake an exam you’ve already passed in the first place.