Can I study in Australia with a 5.5 band in IELTS?

What is IELTS and Why IELTS?

IELTS, the International English Language Testing Scheme, is a test conducted by foreign universities to check your capability of understanding what they teach. Therefore, regardless of your professional or technical skills, not qualifying in this exam, results in the rejection of all your applications for admission or work in a foreign land. Your test scores will help them decide how good a candidate you are? Also, this makes it easier for you to have admission to the universities of your choice.

What if I score less than 5.5 bands?

The scoring system of the IELTS ranges from 1 to 9, 1 being the lowest. The minimum requirement in a university, however, depends upon the course you want to pursue. In general, courses with a lot of relevance to the English language, such as Business Management, Arts, or History, need better scores, while courses such as Science and Engineering have average requirements. Moreover, the lowest score they generally ask for is 6 in every section, resulting in an overall score of 6 as well.

Therefore, if you score low, you might miss the topmost universities, and might end up getting conditional offer letters from some good universities asking you to pursue some special English course like ELICOS.

What is ELICOS, and who can take it?

Most of the universities abroad offer their special language-courses. These courses train you to be capable of efficiently understanding what they teach. However, apart from the requirements of a university, there is an immigration-requirement as well, which is that of language proficiency. Sometimes a university might inform the immigration department that you are pursuing a particular course for your improvement. This, in turn, may have a slight risk of resulting in the rejection of the application for your visa.

 Visa-Application ELICOS

Elicos, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students, is designed for students who require English-language training before they start their studies in Australia. Although there are other English language programs as well, the Australian government has an official ELICOS student visa, especially for the students pursuing one of the courses relevant to the English language. The duration of your course depends on the score of the IELTS. For instance, if you have scored 4.50, you will have to pursue a twenty-week course, whereas 5.5 may require just ten weeks. So you needn’t give up at all.

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