The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is one of the major English-language tests in the world. It is widely recognized by universities and employers around the world, though it is popular in countries such as Australia, Britain, Canada, New-Zealand, and the USA. There are two versions of the test: an academic version and a general training version. While universities require the academic version, the general training version is used by some government bodies for work and immigration permits. It has both formats computer-based and paper-based but paper-based is popular. From the score point of view, no minimum score is required to pass the test. Scores range from 1 to 9 bands and each institution sets a different threshold. The final score is totaled including all four. The score is valid for two years.
Duration: 3 hours
Listening: 40 minutes (30 minutes for test +10 minutes for submission of the answer sheet)
Reading: 60 minutes
Writing: 60 minutes
Speaking: 11-14 minutes