IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS has worldwide acceptance. A lot of non-native English speakers apply for study or permanent residence each year to the countries where English is considered the first language. The countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and the USA that bear influx of a great number of students and immigrants require their applicants to undergo English Language Proficiency tests like IELTS. There are two forms of this test-academic and general. Those who aim to study in English speaking countries, opt for Academic Module While those who intend to work or live in these countries choose the General Module.
Structure of the test
At present, there are two options available for the candidates to choose from. They can take the paper-based test, or they can choose the computer-delivered test. However, there is no difference in the format of the test. In the computer-delivered test, Listening, Reading and Writing are answered using a computer. In other words, those who have been struggling due to illegible handwriting can now type the answers in the writing section rather than scribbling with a pen or pencil. Speaking, however, takes place in the same traditional way in a face to face interview as it takes place in the paper-based test.
One significant benefit of choosing the computer-delivered test is that there are more dates available to schedule the test. Moreover, the result can be received quicker than earlier- the paper delivered test takes at least 13 days to announce the result while in case of computer-delivered test, the result is obtained within 5 working days.