The International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication and instruction. It covers four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is managed by three reputable, international organizations – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS is a compulsory exam for admission into universities and training programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Did you know that it has become a must for those of you who wish to get a student visa to Australia? The tests are administered at centers throughout the world. Internationally, universities, professional bodies, government agencies and immigration authorities of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia recognize the tests.
IELTS Exam Eligibility Criteria
For taking the IELTS, your minimum age should be at least 16 years & you must have a valid passport.
You will be eligible to take the exam if you fall into one of the categories:
- Planning to study in UK/Australia/Canada/New Zealand/USA
- Being a medical professional, planning to work or study further in UK/Australia/USA
- Planning to emigrate to Canada/Australia/New Zealand.
The version of IELTS you need to take will differ based on your purpose of travel/goal:
|Purpose of Travel/Goal||The Version of IELTS applicable|
|To enroll into an academic program in a country, where most communication, if not all, is in English||IELTS Academic|
|For work/work-related training or migration to an English speaking country||IELTS General Training|
Prior to registering for the test, you must check the version required from the organization or institution you apply to and accordingly plan the test.