IELTS Facts and Registration Information

IELTS Facts and Registration Information

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What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the world’s most popular English language tests. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year in over 130 countries. Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 7,000 organizations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. Because the test is designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.

Who should take it?

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of non-native speakers of English for admissions into higher education and other purposes. IELTS tests all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test.
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS, the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options in euros.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.

We also offer British Council IELTS scholarships that provide financial assistance to students wishing to study in English-speaking countries. Find out more about British Council scholarship opportunities

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IELTS Accepted Across the USA

IELTS is accepted by:

  • More than 3,000 U.S. institutions and programs, including associate, undergraduate, graduate, law and professional organizations
  • 92% of all U.S. colleges and universities with more than 1000 international students (IIE Open Doors 1000+)
  • 70% of the Top 100 U.S. community colleges that enroll international students (IIE Open Doors Report)
  • 83% of the Top 100 U.S. law schools (U.S. News and World Report)
  • All of the Ivy League colleges (in at least 1 program)

IELTS Fast Facts

  • IELTS tests English as an international language.
  • IELTS tests all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • IELTS tests your English conversation skills through an interactive face-to-face speaking test with a trained, certified examiner.
  • IELTS Academic measures English language ability necessary to be academically successful in higher education.
  • IELTS puts people first, respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who takes the test, regardless of nationality.
  • More than 7,000 organizations in 135 countries accept IELTS.
  • IELTS is jointly owned by three respected, international organizations—British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Special Needs

IELTS test centers make every effort to assist test takers with special needs. IELTS aims to assess all test takers fairly and objectively. If you have a special need, talk to your local test center administrator when you register to take the test.

Success at the IELTS Speaking Test

Unlike most other tests for admission to higher education, IELTS candidates are interviewed in person by an examiner trained to put you at your ease. Here are some hot tips for having a great interview:

  1. Avoid short Yes / No answers. Expand your replies.
  2. Make sure you speak confidently and clearly. It makes you not only easier to be heard, but leaves a better impression
  3. Use a variety of words to express opinion e.g. In my opinion,… I think… I feel….
  4. Do not memorize an answer. The questions change and so you will find it difficult to answer naturally and fluently.
  5. You are marked on pronunciation. One thing which can help is correct intonation. Try not to be too monotonous.
  6. Don’t be scared to ask the examiner to repeat the question. You can say Could you repeat the question please?

Article by: British Council IELTS