If you intend to study or work abroad, especially in an English - speaking country, you need to know what to report in the international English test known as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test is jointly conducted by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. It was introduced in 1989. It tests the ability of non-English speaking candidates to read and write to see if they can keep up in a space in which English is the dominant medium of communication.
Why should you take the IELTS test?
IELTS scores are accepted in most of the universities in the UK and Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and around 3,400 institutions in the US along with thousands of institutions in other English speaking countries. IELTS is also taken for employment purposes in these countries. It was reported that 3.5 million tests were taken in 2018 alone.
IELTS is used to assess immigration applications with minimum IELTS scores being set to determine an applicant's eligibility.
Moreover, it should be noted that this is the only English - language test taken by the UK Visa and Immigration Services ( UKVI ) before applying for a university in the UK.
Even If the score for the minimum criteria is below 0.5, enrollment will be denied. It is therefore important that students applying for admission to the university of their choice to check their minimum IELTS score following the entry requirements.
Getting a good score will further increase the chances that a student can continue their studies despite the language barrier. From the student's point of view, preparing for IELTS will help them to improve their English language skills and thus effectively master the chosen program.
Types of IELTS exam
There are 2 types of IELTS tests
IELTS Academic: If you want to pursue higher education in an English - speaking country and are looking for professional registration, IELTS Academic is designed for you.
IELTS General Training: General Training is designed for test-takers who want to attend secondary school or emigrate to an English - speaking country.
What is the Application fee for Indian Students?
IELTS Academic and General Training - paper-based test: Rs 13, 250
IELTS Academic and General Training - Computer-based test: Rs 13, 250
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic and General Training): Rs 15, 050.
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1): Rs 10, 950.
How long is the IELTS score valid?
The IELTS score is valid for 2 years.
Note: The scores earned in September 2018 are reportable until August 30, 2020
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