IELTS: An introduction

If you are going to study at university in the  UK you will probably need to take the IELTS examination (International English Language Testing System) to show your English proficiency.  The IELTS score you need for your university depends on the university you want to go to and the course you want to do. Most undergraduate courses in UK universities ask you to have IELTS score of at least 6.0 or 6.5.

Over a million people take this exam every year which means that it is very well known. This is good for students because it means there are lots of practice materials available  in shops and on the Internet. Language schools around the world and in the UK will offer IELTS preparatory courses as well as universities themselves. It is generally believed that the average student will need to study for three months to increase their IELTS band by one point.

The exam consists of four separate tests in the skill areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Make sure you are fully aware of the test format before the exam so you can maximise your marks. You should definitely spend a while familiarising yourself with the exam by looking at the official IELTS website.

IELTS is widely accepted in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and increasingly in the USA. However, the TOEFL examination is generally better known in the USA: TOEFL home



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