The International English Language Testing System (IELTS
) is a test administered to evaluate the English language skills of non-English speaking candidates seeking to pursue education programs or immigration to English speaking countries. The test is designed to assess the candidate's ability to understand spoken and written English in academic and social contexts and also use the language to communicate in the spoken and written forms.
What the Test Measures
The objective of the test is to assess a candidate's ability to understand and communicate in English in academic and social contexts. To make this assessment, the following skills are specifically tested.
- The ability to read and comprehend written, academic or training language.
- The ability to write assignments in a style that is appropriate for university study or within a training context.
- The ability to understand spoken language in both lecture format as well as formal and informal conversational styles.
- The ability to speak on general and given topics in formal and informal situations.