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What Is IELTS?
IELTS stands for International Language Testing System and it’s an exam taken mainly for emigrating or studying abroad. However, it can also be taken for professional development purposes.
There are two types of the exam:
The general module – this is mainly for immigration purposes. For example – the Canadian, UK, US or Australian government may ask you to take this type of exam to prove your English level proficiency in order to obtain the relevant work or emigration visa clearance.
The academic module – this is mainly for students wishing to study abroad. However, this exam is also taken by doctors and nurses wishing to work in the UK to register with the GMC (General Medical Council).
How Is It Scored?
The exam is scored in bands. Most academic institutions and governments ask for a band 7, which is around an advanced to proficiency level of English. However, many also accept a band 6. You can also score half a band and get band 6.5 or band 7.5. The scoring goes up to band 9, which is the highest score. You will get a band score for each element of the exam – for example – writing, reading, speaking and listening.
Why study IELTS?
IELTS is widely accepted by over 5000 institutions around the world including the UK, US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand immigration. It is internationally recognised all over the world. You can also use it to register with the GMC (General Medical Council), Nursing and Midwifery Council, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, CIPD and many more fields, which need qualified workers in developed countries like the UK, US, Australia, Canada or New Zealand. The previous number of IELTS takers a few years ago was around 1.2 million in one year. It is now expected to reach around 3 million takers in 2018 and beyond.