FACTS ABOUT IELTS

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is administered by the British Council, IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English. The IELTS test is designed to assess your English level and ability to succeed in an English-speaking environment.

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. If you want to study, work, or migrate to an English-speaking country, you’ll probably need a certificate that displays your English fluency. Recognized by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, IELTS is one of the most popular English language proficiency tests globally.

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT IELTS EXAMS?

There are three different types of IELTS exams – Academic, General Training, and UKVI.

  •  IELTS Academic: is appropriate for people who want to study in an English-speaking country. Many students take this test to attend universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The test is a good indicator of whether or not you are ready to study in English. It uses vocabulary that you are likely to encounter while studying in an English-speaking country.
  •  IELTS General Training: is appropriate for people looking to study but not to pursue a degree. For example, studying at an English-speaking school or college. You can also take IELTS General Training to qualify for employment training or work experience.
  • IELTS General Training is required for migration to the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The test contains vocabulary you will need in everyday work and social situations in an English-speaking country.
  • IELTS UKVI: is the same as IELTS Academic when it comes to scoring, format, difficulty, and content. The only difference is that IELTS UKVI is approved by the UK Home Office for visa applications. People take the UKVI to study, work, or migrate to the UK.

WHAT IS CERTIFICATION ?

So now that you know which IELTS test is best for you let’s talk more about IELTS certification. Once you complete the IELTS exam, you will receive a Test Report Form (TRF). Your Test Report Form will be printed 13 days after your test date. You can either pick it up at your testing center, or it can be mailed to you. You will only receive one original copy of your Test Report Form, so it’s important that you keep it secure.

You will also be able to view your IELTS test results online. If you have taken the paper-based test, you will see your results 13 days after your test. If you have taken the computer-based test, you can view your results 3 – 5 days from the test date. Your IELTS results will remain online for 28 days, but they are not an official confirmation of your performance on the test. Your Test Report Form is the only official confirmation of your results that you will receive.

You can have up to 5 official copies of your Test Report Form sent to nominated organizations and institutions (e.g., universities, employers, and immigration authorities).

UNDERSTANDING YOUR TEST REPORT FORM (TRF) AND IELTS RESULTS

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IELTS scores are given in bands from 0 – 9. You will be given a separate score for each of the four sections – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The average of the four scores will then be taken to form your overall score.

The band scores are rounded up if necessary, so if your overall score happens to be 6.25, it will be rounded up to 6.5.

  • * The Listening section: Contains 40 questions and lasts within 30 minutes.
  •  The Reading section: Contains 40 questions. You’ll have 60 minutes to read three passages and answer the questions.
  • The Writing section: Contains two writing tasks. You’ll have 60 minutes to write 150 words and 250 words, respectively.
  •  The Speaking section: Lasts no more than 15 minutes. An IELTS examiner will ask you some general questions about yourself, and then you’ll be asked to pick a topic card and speak more in-depth about that particular topic.

Since there are only two writing tasks, this section carries the most weight when it comes to your final score. The second writing task is the most heavily weighted section of the entire test, so it’s important to prepare well for it!

CERTIFICATE NUMBER:

Your Test Report Form number, which may also be referred to as a certificate number, can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of your Test Report Form. This is the only place you can find this important number (it’s not available online), so it’s essential to keep your test report form in a secure location.

INTERPRETING YOUR IELTS RESULTS:

The different band scores relate to an equivalent CEFR level

CEFR stands for “Common European Framework of Reference” and is a widely used assessment method to communicate in a foreign language.

CEFR level  IELTS
Overall Score 
Description
C2 8.5  – 9.0  Proficient; expert user of the language 
C1 7.0 – 8.0  Advanced; very good user of the language
B2 5.5 – 6.5 Competent; good user of the language 
B1 4.5 – 5.0  Modest user of the language 
A1 – A2  0.0 – 4.0  Limited/Extremely limited user of the language 

WHAT IELTS SCORES DO I NEED ?

The higher you can score in your IELTS, reflects a better understanding and ability to communicate in English. Each immigration body, university, workplace or institution will have specific IELTS score requirements. The score you need will depend on what you are looking to do in the country. That is, work or study.

WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF IELTS CERTIFICATE ?

Your IELTS results will remain valid for two years from your test date. Scores “expire” after two years because they are intended to assess your current English level accurately.

Most organizations will not accept your results if they are more than two years old. However, there is a small chance your results will be accepted after more than two years if you can prove that you have actively maintained or improved your English since you last took the IELTS test.

But generally speaking, if you need to use your results more than two years after the test date, you will need to retake the test.

General, Academic, and UKVI Certificates

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The Test Report Forms for General and Academic IELTS tests look the same. The box in the top right corner of the form will either say Academic or General Training, depending on which test you took.

The Test Report Form for the UKVI test will be marked as Academic in the top right corner, but it will contain a UKVI Number directly under the Candidate ID. The Centre Number will also set it apart, as it should be one of the UKVI approved test centers.

Unlike the Test Report Forms for the other two tests, it also contains the CEFR level.

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