IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) assesses the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. It is an internationally recognized qualification and entry requirement for universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also widely used by governments as a language proficiency guide when issuing work visas and is accepted by various professional organizations.
It consists of four modules: Listening ,Reading ,Writing and Speaking. It is available in two test formats which are the Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but the Reading and Writing modules are different in the Academic and GT IELTS.
IELTS is scored on a nine-band scale, with each band corresponding to a specified competence in English. Overall Band Scores are reported to the nearest half band. The following rounding convention applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.