IELTS - International English Language Testing System

One test. Countless opportunities.


IELTS is accepted for both study and migration by governments in more countries than any other English language test. By choosing IELTS you have more options for the future:

Study ? Thousands of educational institutions around the world use IELTS to help select their students.

Work ? IELTS is required by professional registration bodies for accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, teaching and more in many countries.

Migrate ? IELTS is accepted by governments as a requirement for permanent residency in Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand.

Six more reasons to choose IELTS:

  1. 48 test dates per year: IDP IELTS Australia and British Council offers 48 test dates per year at over 200 locations worldwide.
  2. Prepares you for study and work overseas : IELTS tests many of the English language proficiency skills you will need to use in your studies and in your work in English speaking environments.
  3. The trusted test. : IELTS is co-owned and was co-created by a global partnership of education and language experts: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). Our commitment to quality and reliability is why IELTS is accepted and preferred by thousands of top colleges, universities, professional registration bodies and employers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the US.
  4. Fairer to you : You deserve a fair chance to do your best. That?s why, unlike other tests, IELTS gives you a quiet room for the Speaking test with no distractions or interruptions. Your speaking skills will be carefully assessed by a highly qualified examiner ? we don?t rely on computers to judge your performance.
  5. Faster results : IELTS results are issued 13 calendar days after you sit the test. Results can be previewed online, while your test report form can be delivered by mail, be collected from your test centre, or sent directly to the institution you are applying to (with your permission).
  6. The international test : IELTS test questions are written by a team of writers from all over the world. All questions are carefully prepared and trialled to avoid any bias toward certain cultures, age groups or gender. Both American and British spellings are accepted to make the test fairer to everyone, wherever you learn English or sit the test.

How your score has been calculated

The Academic and General Training papers are graded to the same scale.

Overall band score : Your overall band score is calculated by taking the mean score of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The score for each component is equally weighted. Your overall band score is rounded up to the nearest whole or half band.

For example : If you achieve 6.5 for Listening, 6.5 for Reading, 5.0 for Writing and 7.0 for Speaking, you will be awarded an Overall Band Score of 6.5. Total score of 25 ÷ 4 = 6.25 which is a band score of 6.5.

If you achieve 4.0 for Listening, 3.5 for Reading, 4.0 for Writing and 4.0 for Speaking, you would be awarded an Overall Band Score of 4.0. Total score of 15.5 ÷ 4 = 3.875 which is a band score of 4.0.

Listening and Reading scores : IELTS Listening and Reading components each contain 40 questions. Each correct item is awarded one mark, therefore the maximum raw score you can achieve for each component is 40. Band scores ranging from Band 1 to Band 9 are awarded to candidates on the basis of their raw scores.

Please note : In order to equate different test versions, the band score boundaries are set so that all candidates? results relate to the same scale of achievement. This means, for example, that the Band 6 boundary may be set at a slightly different raw score across versions.

Writing and Speaking scores : When marking the Writing and Speaking components of the test, examiners use detailed assessment criteria which describe written and spoken performance at each of the 9 IELTS bands.

Writing: Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas : Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2), Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Speaking: Examiners award a band score for each of four criterion areas : Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. The four criteria are equally weighted.

Assessment criteria : To get a better understanding of the level of performance required to attain a particular band score, you should familiarise yourself with the assesment criteria.

My IELTS result will only be valid for two years. Why? The IELTS partners recommend that a Test Report Form which is more than two years old should only be accepted if it is accompanied by proof that you have actively maintained or tried to improve your English.

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