The IELTS language test is recognized in around 130 countries worldwide. It is offered in two versions and determines English language skills. The IELTS tests are administered by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia. As a result, many universities in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA accept the IELTS test results as an admission requirement.

Level of the IELTS English Test

The results of the IELTS tests correspond to the following classification according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

  • B1 (advanced language usage) – Result range 4.0-5.0
  • B2 (independent language use) – Result range 5.0-6.5
  • C1 (expert language skills) – Result range 7.0-8.0
  • C2 (almost native speaker) – Result range 8.0-9.0

Target groups of the IELTS English Test

IELTS is an English language exam of the University of Cambridge as part of its Cambridge Certificates, which is recognized worldwide and offered in the following versions

Academic is in most cases suitable for students who want to study abroad at an English-speaking university. IELTS is in many cases a prerequisite for admission to the program. Some universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany also require IELTS for Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs if they include international components. Furthermore, IELTS is required to obtain a work permit for medical work in the above mentioned countries.
General Training is usually completed by people who need proof of general English language skills for their profession or for immigration abroad.

The advantages of IELTS English Test

A wide range of different preparation materials (e.g. videos, books, practice tests) will help you to prepare well for the IELTS test. In addition, Road to IELTS offers free online preparation for the IELTS test, which includes practice materials and tests as well as tutorials. Both English and American language skills are tested.

Participants with a disability can also take the tests, as they are designed barrier-free. Special needs such as visual or hearing impairments or learning disabilities can also be taken into account. In contrast to many other language tests, IELTS tests English communication skills in an oral language test in the form of an interview, which is then evaluated.

The goals of IELTS English Test

IELTS tests the ability to use the English language abroad for work, study or leisure.

Registration for the IELTS English Test

The registration can be done easily and without complications online. However, the number of examination places is always limited, so it should be done about five weeks before the chosen examination date. The registration deadline is two weeks before the examination date.

The IELTS Exam

The IELTS tests for the listening, writing and reading sections take place on one exam day, while the oral exam is usually not held on the same day but up to a week before or after the main test. The IELTS tests cover the following areas

  • Reading and listening comprehension
  • Oral and written expression.

With the exception of the oral exam, the IELTS test is only conducted in paper form. The duration of the examination is approximately 3 hours:

  • 60 minutes: Reading comprehension,
  • 40 minutes: listening comprehension,
  • 60 minutes: written expression,
  • 11-14 minutes: Talk.

The IELTS test results are valid for two years.

The cost of the IELTS English Test

As the fees for the IELTS test are about 210 Euro. The exact amount can be inquired in the respective examination centers locally.

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Books on IELTS test preparation

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