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Understanding IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an important phrase for those looking forward to studying abroad. 

This test is a standard assessment for English skills such as writing, reading, speaking and listening. The test essentially reflects a student’s proficiency in terms of using the language at study, work, and play, and in general. Developed by experts in language assessment, IELTS is recognised and accepted in over 9,000 institutions across the globe. With more than 2 million tests taken in a year, IELTS scores are accepted by universities, schools, employers, professional bodies and the immigration authorities.As the top English proficiency test for higher education and global migration, IELTS is divided into two systems.

IELTS Academic:This system of IELTS is for those planning for higher studies abroa d and for professional registration. The test assesses your readiness to survive in an English speaking environment.

IELTS General Training:This system stresses on the survival skills, social and in the workplace. This is exclusively for those travelling to English-speaking nations for work experience, training programmes, and secondary education. This test is a must for those applying in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. 

The IELTS Test Format You are assessed on your abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The total time taken for the test in 2 hrs 45 mins.

Academic Reading:This test takes 60 minutes and includes three texts which range from factual and descriptive to analytical and conversational. This is appropriate for students applying for university courses.

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