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What is the IELTS?

The IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an internationally recognized test for evaluating the English proficiency of an individual for academic, work or migration purpose in English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

The IELTS highlights:

  • The IELTS can be taken as a paper-based or a computer delivered test.
  • The complete test is taken in two sittings.
  • The IELTS assesses an individual’s Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking abilities in English.
  • The IELTS is accepted by a number of immigration, professional and academic organizations.
  • There are 48 test dates a year.
  • The IELTS results are available online after 13 days of completing the test (Results are available within 5-7 days in case of computer delivered test).
  • The cost to take IELTS in the US ranges between $215 – $240 USD. (Fee varies by location).

According to the purpose of taking this test, the IELTS comes in two versions:

IELTS General

IELTS Academic

IELTS is jointly designed, organized and conducted by three organizations namely British Council, IDP and Cambridge Language Assessment.

Choosing between the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training

A candidate chooses between the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training, depending upon their requirement as follows: