International English Language Testing System, widely known by the acronym IELTS, measures a candidate’s ability to use all four language skills, listening, reading, writing and speaking in English. IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia. The test is designed for those people who plan to study or work in an English-language speaking country. The test focuses on International English, which includes British English, American English and other varieties like Australian or South African English.
IELTS is accepted by most British, Australian, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand educational institutions for higher education. IELTS is gaining recognition in the US as an alternative to TOEFL. However, not all academic institutions in the US accept the IELTS score.
IELTS scores are recorded as levels of ability, called Bands. 9 bands is the highest for each of the language skills. Test results will be announced on the 13th day after the written examinations.