IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. As the name implies it is basically an English test for testing the proficiency of the language in an individual. The test system is jointly managed by the British Council,IDP education ltd and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and more than 1 million candidates are taking the exam all over the world.
The test has two versions : 1. Academic 2. General training
Academic version is for people who plan to continue their higher education by enrolling in universities in countries like US,UK,Australia,Canada,New Zealand etc.The academic institutions in these countries consider the IELTS score as a criteria for the admission process.
General training is mostly for immigration purposes in countries like Australia,New Zealand,Canada etc. It may also be used for work experience or training in a non academic field.
Understanding IELTS Examination Format
The duration of the IELTS examination is 2 hours and 45 minutes and it is divided into four sub categories.
Listening (40 minutes) Reading (60 minutes) Writing (60 minutes) Speaking (11-15 minutes)