IELTS the most widely accepted English proficiency test in Australia

The most commonly accepted English language test in Australia is International English language Testing System ( IELTS). Apart from this, the Australian education system also accepts other tests like TOEFL, CAE, and PTE.

In this article, we will have a look at the most common and widely accepted English language proficiency tests in Australia:

International English language Testing System (IELTS):

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia, and is the main test for students seeking to enroll in study in Australia. The test is designed to evaluate the language ability of those who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. Its score is recognized by over 6,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

The test is internationally focused in its content. For instance, the Listening test section uses a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) and all standard varieties of English are accepted in candidates’ responses in all parts of the test.

How to prepare

An individual preparing for IELTS should familiarize himself with the format of the test. It will be helpful for you if you do practice test constantly. You can purchase official IELTS Practice Materials from test centers or online. These materials comprises full practice test with answers, and sample Writing and Speaking performances with examiner comments. You do not need to attend a preparation course. Bust in case you like assistance to improve your performance, IELTS centers and language schools around the world offers preparation courses.

Evaluation System

IELTS is designed to evaluate English language skills at all levels. There is no pass or fail in IELTS as the results are presented as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

IELTS Band Score Scale
9Expert user
8Very good user
7Good user
6Competent user
5Modest user
4Limited user
3Extremely limited user
2Intermittent user
1Non user
0Did not attempt the test

Test Format/Syllabus

The test comprises four modules. Some of these modules are further divided into Academic module and General Training module.

The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration
The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

ModulesNo. of SectionsNo. of QuestionsTime
Listening440Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)
General Training Reading340
General Training Writing2 Tasks (150 and 250 words)
Academic Reading4060 minutes (no extra transfer time)
Academic Writing2 Tasks (150 and 250 words)60 minutes
Speaking311-14 minutes

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