The International English Language Testing System or IELTS was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of testing a person’s English language proficiency. For purposes of migration, employment or studies, organisations set a standard score that needs to be achieved in an IELTS test, in order to be considered for the above mentioned purposes.
It is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge
, ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education and is divided into two different versions; the Academic Version and the General Training Version
- The Academic Version is for students who want to gain admission into universities or other higher educational institutions. It is also for professionals such as medical doctors or nurses who want to study or practice in an English speaking country.
- The General Training Version is primarily for people who intend to migrate to any of the English speaking countries. It is also for people who want gain non-academic training or gain work experience.
Apart from being accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African institutions, it is also accepted by over 3000 American educational institutions and various other professional organisations. In addition, IELTS is also a pre-requisite to be considered for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Test centres are spread across 500 different locations worldwide and in 2007; IELTS became the world’s most popular English Language test, effectively testing over a million candidates. With candidates hailing from more than 130 different countries, those numbers rose to 1.4 million in 2009 and 1.7 million in 2011.
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