IELTS Academic is applicable for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for medical professionals (Doctors and nurses) who want to study abroad or practice in an English-speaking country. IELTS General is applicable for those planning to undertake non-academic training programs (or) gain work experience, (or) for immigration purposes.
IELTS is virtually universal. It is not just one of the most popular English tests around, but there are far more universities and countries that accept the test of English for admissions and migrations. IELTS currently is accepted and recognized in 140 countries across the globe. Moreover, there are an estimated 10,500 global organizations that accept IELTS as a standard test of English worldwide.
With a track record that has lasted for over three decades, IELTS remains as one of the most favored tests of English for students who pursue academic ventures in English -speaking countries. The academic version has been the most sought test profile as compared to the general version of the test.
The validity of the IELTS score lasts for two years from the day the scorecard has been released. So typically, you advised taking the tests within a year before you plan for your purpose of the use of the IELTS score. Sometimes, you might fall behind the expected (or) accepted score and hence you can always repeat within a month’s time to score what is required by certain institutions or organisations.
The IELTS test has four parts that last for 2 hours and 55 minutes.
During the tests, Listening test, Reading test, and Writing test are completed in one sitting, usually in a single day. The Speaking test is completed on the same day or within up to seven days before or after the other tests. The test formats for all test takers remain the same for Listening and Speaking tests. However, Reading and Writing tests differ depending on the Academic or General versions of the test.
The IELTS band score scale
|9 Expert user||86 or Above||118-120||C2|
|8 Very good user||79-85||110-114||C1|
|7 Good user||65-78||94-101||C1|
|6 Competent user||51-64||60-78||B2|
|5 Modest user||35-50||35-45||B1|
|4 Limited user||30-34||00-31||B1|
|3 Extremely limited user||NA||NA||A2|
|2 Intermittent user||NA||NA||A1|
|1 Non user||NA||NA||A1|
|0 Did not attempt the test|