What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System is a test of English language proficiency and one of the world’s most popular and respected forms of English in education and migration.
Intended for non-native speakers who are looking to study or work in an English-speaking environment, IELTS training is an internationally recognised system for testing English language ability in four categories:
Since its introduction in 1989, IELTS preparation has become one of the most trusted forms of English-language assessment and is accepted by over 8,000 universities, employers and immigration organisations worldwide. IELTS testing methods focus on the candidate’s practical ability to use English in real-life situations. There are two different types of IELTS test:
Academic IELTS is for international students who wish to study at a UK university or join an institute of higher education.
General IELTS classes focus on English survival skills and social and workplace language, ideal for those who are planning to migrate to English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The test consist of four areas:
*Most universites ask for '5+' score for foundation program, '6+' score for undergraduate students and '6.5+' for Postgraduates
Once graded, your IELTS score is valid for two years only.
http://www.studyin-uk.com/language-centre/ielts-about/ & https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format