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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies around the world often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

IELTS consists of four components. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. The Reading and Writing tests are different according to whether a candidate is taking the Academic or General Training module. The Academic module is designed for candidates planning to undertake tertiary education in English-speaking countries, while the General Training module is tailored for those planning to migrate to English-speaking countries.

The test components are taken in the following order.

Listening

4 sections, 40 items; approximately 30 minutes

Reading (Academic or General Training)

3 sections, 40 items; 60 minutes

Writing (Academic or General Training)

2 tasks; 60 minutes

Speaking

11 to 14 minutes

 
Total test time: 2 hours 44 minutes

IELTS results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). Candidates receive an overall band score as well as individual scores for each test component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

The IELTS Writing test is unquestionably more difficult than the PTE and TOEFL tests. For some candidates who are not with Prestige Education, their overall band score may be as high as 8, but they may still only receive 6.5 in Writing, even after taking the examination many times. This stems from the difficulties of the English language and how it differs from most other languages. To counter this we at Prestige Education offer courses that help students to achieve high scores in all aspects of the test.

There are two forms of the IELTS test available to candidates, paper-based and computer-based. Results for the paper-based test are released in ten business days while those for the computer-based test are announced in no more than five business days.

The following equivalence table is used by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (previously known as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) and Australian universities and colleges in their judgments about candidates’ eligibility for study and migration applications.

TEST EQUIVALENCES

Test

TEST SCORE BAND

IELTS

4.0

4.5

5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

8.0

8.5

9.0

TOEFL iBT

31

32

35

46

60

79

94

102

110

115

118

PTE Academic

29

30

36

42

50

58

65

73

79

83

86