IELTS MEANING

IELTS, short for International English Language Testing System, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.


OWNERS

It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989.


IELTS STATISTICS

In 2017 alone, over 3 million tests were taken in more than 140 countries, up from 2 million tests in 2012, 1.7 million tests in 2011 and 1.4 million tests in 2009. In 2018, IELTS administered more than 3.5 million tests, making it the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration for the first time ever. According to Warwick Freeland, Managing Director at IDP IELTS Australia, “IELTS opens doors for millions of people every year, helping them to study abroad, migrate to English-speaking countries or take advantage of the growing need for English in professional life.”

WHY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TAKE THE TEST

Being the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration purposes, it is accepted by over 11,000 academic institutions and various professional organisations across the world.

Specifically, IELTS is accepted by Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand academic and non- academic institutions, and by over 2,000 academic institutions in the United States alone.

On the other hand, the IELTS General Training is the exclusive English proficiency test accepted by the Immigration the Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the CANADIAN FEDERAL EXPRESS ENTRY programme as well as the only secure English Language Test approved by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for UK work and permanent residency visa applicants outside and inside the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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THE IELTS TEST

While the Listening, Reading, and Writing (LRW)  tests will be taken on the same day, the speaking test will be taken before (usually) or after (occasionally) the LRW. Dates of the test will be duly communicated to test takers well before test day.

WHO MARKS THE TEST

IELTS Speaking and writing performances will be scored by human examiners, based on a rubric.

IELTS examiners are hired on the basis of actual teaching experience of at least three years, and more than half of that experience must be with high school students and adults, the main age groups of IELTS test-takes. Once hired by IELTS, test examiners go through a lot of specialised certification training called the IELTS examiner training.  After IELTS examiners are certified by the sponsors of the IELTS exam, they receive regular recertification training every two years so that they can stay up to date on all IELTS standards and practices. 

IELTS Speaking examiners are not required to be British English speakers as they may have a variety of other accents from either of the British Isles (Welsh, Irish, Scottish, etc…) and they can also come from a background of Australian, New Zealand, or North American English. However, though it is common for IELTS examiners to speak in one of the native forms of English listed above, the examiner who administers your IELTS Speaking test to you is not required to be a native English speaker. Non-native English speakers with high English ability also work as examiners.

SCORING

IELTS BAND SCORE SCALE

Band 9

Expert User

Band 8

Very Good User

Band 7

Good User

Band 6

Competent User

Band 5

Modest User

Band 4

Limited User

Band 3

Extremely Limited User

Band 2

Intermittent User

Band 1

Non-User

Band 0

Did Not Attempt Test

*Results are available online, 13 days from when a test was taken.

No minimum score is required to pass the test. IELTS uses a 9 band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency.  An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score from “band 1 to “band 9” and each institution, organization or Immigration body sets a different benchmark.

HOW FAIR IS THE TEST

IELTS assesses you on your practical communication abilities and provides an accurate assessment of the four skills being tested. It focuses on testing the language abilities rather than specialist knowledge of the candidate and offers two versions – Academic and General Training. Plus, it allows for a one-on-one Speaking test one with an examiner in a private room with no distractions.

There is no negative marking for unanswered answers.

HOW LONG WILL A RESULT BE VALID

The IELTS result is valid for a period of two years. Institutions and organizations are advised not to consider a reportolder than two years to be valid, unless the user proves that they have maintained an English proficiency level.

DIFFERENT MODULES OF IELTS

IELTS is available in:

Academic Training is appropriate for people applying for higher education or professional registration.

General Training is for those migrating to the UK, Australia, Canada or applying for secondary education admission or other training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. 

UKVI IELTS is designed to meet specific administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office and is taken at a UKVI approved test centre. Although this test is the same in content, scoring, level of difficulty and format as the IELTS Academic module, its report forms are slightly different in order to show that the user has taken the test at a UKVI approved test centre.

All three versions above accurately assesses the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS Life Skills is specifically for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, indefinite leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

REMAINING TEST DATES 2019

The IELTS test dates in Nigeria are available at least three times a month for Academic Training and two times for the General Training test.

 

Test Date

Module

Registration Deadline

12/10/2019

IELTS Academic

09/10/2019

12/10/2019

IELTS General Training

09/10/2019

19/10/2019

IELTS Academic

16/10/2019

26/10/2019

IELTS Academic

23/10/2019

26/10/2019

IELTS General Training

23/10/2019

07/11/2019

IELTS Academic

04/11/2019

07/11/2019

IELTS General Training

04/11/2019

16/11/2019

IELTS Academic

13/11/2019

23/11/2019

IELTS Academic

20/11/2019

23/11/2019

IELTS General Training

20/11/2019

30/11/2019

IELTS Academic

27/11/2019

07/12/2019

IELTS Academic

04/12/2019

07/12/2019

IELTS General Training

04/12/2019

12/12/2019

IELTS Academic

09/12/2019

14/12/2019

IELTS Academic

11/12/2019

14/12/2019

IELTS General Training

11/12/2019