IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System is the world’s proven international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers for study, migration or work.
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration with over 1,100 test locations in more than 140 countries. With 2.5 million tests taken in the last year, and over 9,000 organisations accepting the test, more people go more places with IELTS.
It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE:A, and OPI/OPIc.
|IELTS full form||International English Language Testing System|
|Most popular for||Study, work, and migration to English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK|
|Also accepted by||Canada and USA|
|Conducted by||British Council and IDP Education Ltd|
|Mode of Exam||Computer and Paper – delivered test|
|IELTS Fee||Rs. 14,000 for registrations from 1st-Apr-2020|
|Score Range||On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)|
|IELTS Contact||British Council
0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00
IDP Head Office
Origin and Growth of IELTS
Test to prove proficiency in using English
There are several standardized tests that provide English proficiency assessment and IELTS is the most popular and commonly used testing method which certifies English communication proficiency of non-native English users. IELTS is jointly managed by IDP, British Council Division and Cambridge Assessment English. Thousands of Students around the world take the IELTS exam to secure admission in universities and colleges in English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Unites states of America. Similarly thousands of people from countries where English is not the mother tongue take IELTS to prove their aptness in using English so that they can immigrate to the developed English speaking countries.
Cambridge assessment English
Cambridge assessment English is one of the functions of the prestigious University of Cambridge. This function of the Cambridge University produces a wide variety of qualifications for English language learners and IELTS is the most important of them all.
History of IELTS
The origin of IELTS dates back to 1980. It started as a joint venture of Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council. In 1980 this venture was called UCLES or University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. The number of test takers rose from 4,000 to 10,000 in 5 years but there were a lot challenges in managing and conducting the test. The ELTS or English Language Testing Standard project was started to counter the test administration challenges. There was a pressing need of international participation for redesigning the test and IDP the International Development program of Australian colleges and Universities joined hands with Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council. This international joint venture became IELTS and went live in 1989. Since then IELTS has gone through 3 major design revisions in 1995, 2001 and 2005 to become what it is today.
Why choose IELTS?
Which test should I take?
IELTS can help you with a variety of life choices, like moving abroad, getting the job you’ve always wanted or even just improving your English language skills. So before you book your test, be sure to check which one is right for you.
IELTS Indicator is an online test, that was recently introduced, for students not able to take an IELTS test due to Covid-19 shutdown.
IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying.
Take this test if you want to:
- study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
- apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
- work in an English-speaking country for a professional organisation.
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.
Take this test if you would like to:
- study or train below degree level
- work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country
- emigrate to an English-speaking country
- get another job in your own country.
Book your IELTS General Training test
IELTS Indicator is our new online test that you can use to measure your English language level and keep your educational goal on track during the Covid-19 shutdown.
Looking to work or study in the UK?
If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Academic or General Training or the IELTS Life Skills test.
How they develop the test
The IELTS test is developed to provide a fair, accurate and reliable assessment of English language proficiency
IELTS has rigorous test design, development and validation processes. These processes ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty, and that every test around the world provides valid and consistent results.
Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations around the world and is unbiased and fair to all test takers, whatever their background.