The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English language proficiency developed by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. IELTS has two modules: Academic and General Training. Academic Module is for students seeking entry to a university or institution to pursue their higher education in English medium whereas, General Training Module is mostly taken by individuals for immigration purposes. Also, the professionals seeking a job in an English speaking country are normally advised to General Training Module.
IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA too. It is also recognized by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. IELTS is not recommended for candidates who are under 16.
IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL examination (Cambridge ESCOL), British Council and IDP, IELTS Australia.
The IELTS has the following format