The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is used to assess the English language proficiency of those who want to either educate themselves or work where English is the predominant language.
It uses a linear nine-point scale to measure someone’s efficiency in English from a non-user (one) to an expert English speaker (nine), using both written and oral tests. This is measured with two variations; academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and general training – for those applying for secondary education, training programmes, or work experience in an English-speaking setting.
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On average IELTS exam are conducted about 2-3 times a month depending on your location, and the IELTS can be taken as many times as you like, however it is advised to leave it at least a month before you attempt the test again. Find information about when and where you can take the test on the IELTS website.
The IELTS test can be taken in over 1,200 locations in over 140 countries and you can find your nearest test location on the IELTS website. Once you have found your nearest test location you can either register online or download an application form to print and fill out, then submit to your nearest test centre. Once you have done this and your application has been processed by the test centre you will receive written confirmation with the time and date of your test (usually the written and oral tests take place on the same day). As these tests can be taken in such a variety of places, it is hard to suggest the best time to take the test, so it is best to take an overall look at the IELTS website for a better idea of times, dates, and locations.
The best way to prepare for the IELTS test is to fully understand the format, which, as stated, consists of a written and oral segment. There are six different tests that you will have to complete; listening, academic reading, general training reading, academic writing, general training writing, and speaking. For more information on these tests, such as timing and how the questions are worded, visit the IELTS website. I would advise familiarising yourself with the format of all aspects of the test and understanding what questions are asked as well as how it is marked.
To conclude, the IELTS is an English language test used to assess someone’s English speaking ability and can be taken as many times as you like, depending on how long it takes you to apply for the exam. By researching the layout of the test, IELTS can also be revised and prepared for much like any other exam, and hopefully, you will come out with your desired score!