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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia. Candidates may choose either the Academic Module or the General Training Module:

The Academic Module is intended for those wishing to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education.
The General Training Module is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, by an increasing number of academic institutions in the USA, and by various professional organisations.

IELTS characteristics

The IELTS incorporates the following features:

A variety of accents and writing styles are presented in text materials in order to minimise linguistic bias. The test focuses on "International English", which includes British English, American English and other varieties. But the TOEFL only concerns North American English. The results are therefore considered more authoritative than TOEFL by some people and organizations (especially the ones outside the United States).
IELTS tests the ability to speak, read, listen and write in English.
Two test formats can be chosen from - Academic and General Training.
Band scores are used for each language sub-skill (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing). The Band Scale ranges from 1 ("Non User") to 9 ("Expert User").

Locations and test dates

There are around 300 test centres worldwide. The number of candidates has grown from about 100,000 in 1999 to about half a million in 2003. The top three locations in which candidates took the test in 2003 were Mainland China, India and the United Kingdom for the Academic Category, and India, Mainland China and Australia for the General Training Category.
There are up to 48 test dates available per year. Each test centre offers tests up to four times a month depending on local demand.



Resources  (External Links)

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  • Cambridge EFL OnLine - Provides information for students, teachers, and prospective teachers, about the range examinations and schemes offered throughout the world.

  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations - Examinations and study center based in Auckland, New Zealand. Exam timetables, application details, links and contacts.

  • English Vocabulary Tester - Designed for both native and non-native English speakers. It tests your English level from elementory to graduate school.

  • Flo-Joe for Cambridge Examinations - Fee-based help for the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)and Certificate in Advanced English CAE).

  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System - Handbook, test explanations and information about obtaining practice material.

  • IELTS UK - Offers detailed information for students and practice areas for all 4 modules. Intended for UK students.

  • LCCI Examinations Board - Offers courses, exams and certificates in many business areas. Free copies of guidelines, sample tests and other publications are downloadable.

  • Test of Legal English Skills - Allows lawyers and law students to prove their ability to cope with everyday, practical tasks in English when working in a legal office or studying in the law faculty of a US or UK university.

  • TestMagic - Offers SAT, GMAT, SSAT, ISEE, and TOEFL test preparation courses in San Francisco, California, United States. Also offers free tests, sample essays, grammar exercises, forum, and FAQs.

  • TOEFL - Official site of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Includes tutorials, practice questions, downloads, and information on both the computer-based and paper-based versions of the test. Also markets test preparation materials.

  • TOEFL - Take a free unofficial version of the test. Requires Java.

  • TOEFL: Beat the TOEFL Test - Provides exercises to help students prepare for the test.

  • TOEFL Prep - Free sample test, preparation guides, tutoring and preparation course.

  • TOEFL Preparation Exams, Tests, and Lessons - Free access to a full-length practice structure examination, as well as demos of listening and reading sections. Also possible to receive a free, full-length practice examination.

  • TOEFL: ScholarStuff - Test preparation books, links, and test preparation resources.

  • TOEFL Test Preparation - Offers the computer-based practice tests and test-readiness programs. Also provides free daily practice and testing information.

  • TOEFL: TestDen - Fee-based practice exercises to help with the computer-based test.

  • TOEFL-Prep Writing Practice - Offers help in learning to write formal essays, covering paragraph structure and coherence.

  • TOEIC - Official site of the Test of English for International Communication. Provides information about the test, tips from the test developers, and a list of test sites around the world.

  • The Universal ELT EFL ESL LEP ESOL Scales and Tests Chart - Provides a chart containing some of the many ELT EFL ESL LEP ESOL scales and tests which are rated and arranged by level and creator. Open, public project which is copyright free.

  • Validated and Certified Proficiency Testing - Corporate and proficiency testing in many languages, including English. Certified by ACTFL and the test is transferable for 3 college credits by ACE.


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