The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is accepted by Universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTS Score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTS.
The IELTS tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The structure of the IELTS is as follows:
TOEFL Exam Formate
|Sections||Parts and Number of Questions||Duration||Total Score|
|Reading||36 Questions; 3 or 4 passages||
Task 60 Minutes
Task 2: 30 Min.
|Listening||34 Questions; Lectures, discussions and conversations||Task 60 Minutes||-|
|Speaking||Total 6 tasks- 2 Independent and 4 Integrated||20 Minutes||-|
|Writing||Total 2 tasks-1 Independent & 1 Integrated Task- an essay based on reading and listening and supports an opinion in writing||50 Minutes||
Total Score:120 points