The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million tests taken in the last year. It was created by the British Council around twenty years ago and is now a pre-requisite for many visa options.
Whether you want to study in Australia, work as a nurse in the UK, be a pilot in Canada or practise medicine in New Zealand, you will need to take the IELTS exam.
Candidates receive a mark from 1 to 9 in four different disciplines – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The exam is usually held on one day and completed in a block of 4 hours.
Different scores are required by different professional and educational bodies in several English-speaking countries.
The exam has its own special format, which needs mastering, but the general level of the different grades received are equivalent to the following:
IELTS 5 = PET or CEFR B1
IELTS 6 = FCE or CEFR B2
IELTS 7 = CAE or CEFR C1
IELTS 8 = CPE or CEFR C2
Most institutions and countries WILL NOT ACCEPT EQUIVALENTS, so it is very important that you become familiar with the IELTS exam and learn how to pass it at the right level.