What is IELTS (International English Language Testing System)?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It has been created to check the linguistic skills of candidates in the English language. The test is designed to help the entry of non-English native speakers to a region where English is the medium of education or work.

2 types of the Ielts exams:

  • Academic Ielts test is required for candidates who wish to get enrolled for university programmes. It is also meant for people who want to undergo special professional courses such as engineering or medicine and wish to work in the future in English speaking countries.
  • the General Training Version is meant for people who want to work or emigrate to English speaking countries.

Recognition of IELTS results

The IELTS results are considered valid in more than 135 countries. Above 6,000 organizations across the world, such as universities, corporate bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies recognize these tests. About 1.4 million candidates appear for the IELTS tests every year before seeking employment or educational opportunities abroad.

All Dutch universities accept the results of the Academic IELTS test for admission to academic courses offered to international students. Please visit bandscore.ielts.org to view the organizations which recognise IELTS results.

When and when are IELTS conducted?

IELTS is conducted up to four times in a month in above 125 countries. If you wish to know more about the IELTS test dates in your locality, please contact your regional IELTS test center. Information regarding all IELTS test centers around the world is provided at www.ielts.org. Usually the tests are scheduled on Saturdays or Thursdays.

What is assessed in the IELTS test?

The IELTS content has an international perspective. For instance, in the Listening test, many native-speaker accents such as the North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British, are used. The tests have been designed and created by global experts in language assessment.

Sound research and validation methods have been used to ensure that the candidate’s proficiency in understanding and communicating the English language is correctly judged. Results are provided as scores on a scale from 1, which is the lowest, to 9, which is the highest. Admission to a university in the Netherlands requires a minimum IELTS score of 5.

Preparing to take IELTS

Make sure you are ready It’s important to familiarise yourself with the format of the test as outlined in the booklet (see below). Further information on the content of the test can be found at www.ielts.org/teachers.aspx. You may find it helpful to do a practice test.

View your IELTS results online

It is possible for IELTS candidates to view their results online from 6pm on the 13th day after their exam date. To access your results please go to the IELTS Online Results webpage and follow the instructions: http://ielts-results.britishcouncil.org/. Results older than 28 days will not be displayed.

Official IELTS Practice Materials

Official IELTS Practice Materials may be purchased from test centres or online at www.ielts.org/candidates. aspx. These materials include a full practice test with answers, and sample Writing and Speaking performances with examiner comments. More samples of IELTS test material and information about the test are available from the following websites:

  • www.ielts.org
  • www.britishcouncil.org/learning-ielts.htm
  • www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/academic-english/ielts.
  • www.idp.com/examinations/ielts/about_the_test.aspx
  • www.ieltsusa.org

Download a brochure about IELTS test.

See: Language admission requirements. TOEFL & IELTS conversion

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