IELTS 101: What You Should Know
<h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is IELTS?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It measures an individual&#8217;s mastery of the English language. It&#8217;s measured in terms of listening perception, reading comprehension, written word mastery, and conversational dexterity. It is the foremost English language test for students, professionals needing to work overseas, and used by immigration authorities worldwide.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why do you need to take IELTS?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">IELTS is required for students who want to study abroad, particularly in English-speaking countries. Educational institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada have a minimum score-level for IELTS for the degrees that they offer. As for professionals, especially for those in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, immigration officials from </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_English_Language_Testing_System#Level_required_by_academic_institutions_for_admission" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">English-speaking countries</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> require score bands that range from 5.5 to 8. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">How do you take IELTS?</span></h2> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="693" height="693" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_56597465_S.jpg" alt="IELTS" class="wp-image-10007" title="IELTS" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_56597465_S.jpg 693w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_56597465_S-300x300.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/Fotolia_56597465_S-150x150.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 693px) 100vw, 693px" /></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All it takes to get your IELTS exam are </span><a href="https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/how-do-i-register" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">three simple steps</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. First, you need to find the nearest </span><a href="https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">IELTS test location</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and find out the best schedule for you. Once you have chosen your location and schedule, register either online or </span><a href="https://www.ielts.org/-/media/pdfs/application-form.ashx?la=en" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">download the form</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and submit it to your chosen center. You need to present a valid government-issued ID (the same one you need to present on test day) and pay. The last step is to take the test and that’s it!</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is the coverage of the exam?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are </span><a href="https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/two-types-of-ielts-test" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">two types</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of exams, depending on your need. You can take either the General Training or the Academic test. General Training is for non-degree secondary education and general migration requirements. Academic test is for students applying to get a degree abroad, as well as for migration for professionals in English-speaking countries. Both tests have Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking </span><a href="https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format-in-detail" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">components</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. A variety of question types are used, from multiple-choice to flow-chart models, so it’s recommended that you take a practice exam for the mode you chose.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Does IELTS expire?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I took IELTS twice, once in the Philippines and eight years later in Australia. Australian immigration officials processing student visas require that your IELTS results be within the last two years. Make sure that all your <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/gameplan-getting-healthcare-job-overseas/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">migration plans</a> are already in place before scheduling an IELTS exam as it’s not exactly cheap. You don’t want to retake an exam you&#8217;ve already passed in the first place.</span></p>