1. What is IELTS? IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It tests your ability to communicate in English. IELTS results are used by organizations to assess your language skills when you want to study, work or live in an English-speaking country. IELTS tests are held in over 500 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality. You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale. To help you prepare, IELTS provides samples and practice tests. The test covers the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. You are not limited in how many times you can sit the test. You can trust the quality and security of IELTS because it is owned and managed by three reputable, international organizations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
2. IELTS Registration
To register for an IELTS test, follow these six simple steps.Find your nearest IELTS coaching centre and check the test dates to find two options that suit you. Note the deadline for registering for each test date. (You can also see the cost of the test at your centre in local currency on the IELTS Worldwide Search.)
Check with your organization whether you need to sit an Academic or General Training test.
Print out the IELTS Application Form or ask your test centre for a copy. Read the information for candidates, terms and conditions, complete the form and sign it. Please make sure you have a valid postal address and use the same name as on your passport.
Organize two passport-sized photographs, less than six months old, and sign the back of each. Take a photocopy of your current passport - this must be valid and not expired. (Some IELTS coaching centres will accept a national identity card.)) If you want your results to be sent automatically to a university or educational institution, include the correct details in the section on the IELTS Application Form.
Take your application into your IELTS test centre with your money. If you send it by mail, please talk to your centre about the method of payment. Once you have registered, the test centre will confirm your IELTS test date, time and venue. Please note the Speaking test can be up to 7 days before or after the test date.
3. IELTS Preparation
To help you in IELTS preparation, IELTS has a range of materials.
IELTS has Official Practice Materials 2007 to help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions. The book has sample questions for each part of the test, including a CD for Listening. You can practice your skills and then use the answers and Examiner comments to help you further improve.The IELTS Official Practice Materials 2007 is the only IELTS training book endorsed by the IELTS partners. You can buy a copy from your nearest test centre or order online. It will ensure you do the test to the best of your ability.Solve IELTS sample questions. This will give you an idea of what to expect in the Reading, Writing and Speaking parts. Some IELTS coaching centre have workshops to help you prepare for the test. Talk to your local centre for details. IELTS preparation courses may also be offered by language schools in your country.