The International English Language Testing System often referred to as IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. The test is conducted in over 140 countries across the globe, and each year millions of people take the IELTS for study, employment or immigration purposes.
More than 10,000 universities across the world accept IELTS score as proof of English language skills for admissions.
Who Should Take the IELTS Class?
There are no minimum eligibility criteria for IELTS set by the conducting bodies of IELTS. Anyone who wishes to pursue higher studies abroad can attempt the IELTS exam.
IELTS are especially important for international students wishing to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and some schools in the US.
The IELTS syllabus includes four sections, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. You get marked on these four sections and you get the IELTS total score as well. The total score is the sum of the scores in the four skill areas. The total test duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
IELTS SCORE/GRADING SYSTEM
IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. Your total IELTS score will be a combination of the band scores from the four sections. You will receive IELTS scores based on each of the four skills on a band of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (example 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test
The test uses a nine-band scale to mark the level of proficiency in each section, as well as overall proficiency.
What is a Good IELTS Score for Colleges?
Depending on which college you are aiming to get admission at, your IELTS needs to be high enough. The higher the total score, the better your chances of getting into your dream institution. The average band score often required by schools in the US, UK or Canada is 6.5.