[UPDATED: August 12, 2021] Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related travel restrictions and vaccine requirements, study abroad options may be affected. Many programs are open for in-person instruction, however, ApplyESL recommends contacting schools of interest to check status, and local embassies or consulates, to obtain information regarding visa services currently available.
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Tests for Measuring English Skills

What is the IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures the ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Candidates may choose from the Academic module or the General Training module, and both modules are graded using the same criteria. The only distinction between the Academic and General Training modules lies in the subject matter of the reading and writing components. All candidates take the same listening and speaking test components.

IELTS is accepted by Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand academic institutions as well as many professional organizations. American academic institutions are also increasingly accepting the IELTS for admissions purposes. IELTS is available in over 800 test venues in more than 130 countries, and is offered up to 4 times per month.

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