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IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS exam is designed to assess the English proficiency of a candidate who wants to study or get some sort of training programme in a college or university or wants to migrate to an English-speaking county. IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s English proficiency and the profile contains an indication of a candidate’s ability in a particular module as well as an indication of overall ability.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

For you, the IELTS score is proof of your English proficiency in general. IELTS is recognised worldwide and that’s why if you have a good IELTS score, you can use this test result as a proof of your proficiency in handling English as a second language. If you want to migrate to a country where English is spoken or want to get enrolled in a college or university, the IELTS test result speaks for your English Language skills.

IELTS means or stands for “International English Language Testing System”. This test is accepted by more than 10,000 institutions and many immigration authority around the world. Anyone can take this test and the test result reflects his/her proficiency in the English language.

The unique 9-band scoring system of IELTS test measures performance in a consistent manner, wherever and whenever the test is taken. IELTS test is internationally recognised.

The purpose of the IELTS exam is to test the candidates’ ability to handle the English language who want to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication. IELTS result is also necessary for immigration purposes.

Each year millions of people take the IELTS exam to achieve a score that would prove their English language proficiency. IELTS is one of the most widely accepted international exams. IELTS exam is available for students and immigration applicants to demonstrate their English language proficiency for specific purposes.

IELTS test result is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.

The computer-based version of IELTS is an alternative to paper-and-pencil based IELTS exam. This test is also called Computer-delivered IELTS and this format has been introduced recently. You can sit for any of the two types. However, computer-delivered IELTS is available at selected centres and test centres only. To find out if your nearby test centre offers the Computer-delivered IELTS, you will need to contact them.

The Reading, Writing and Listening modules in Computer-delivered IELTS are conducted using a computer but the speaking module would still be administered the way it had been, i.e. face-to-face interview session with an examiner. The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is the same whether you take the test on paper or on a computer.

In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer.

No, there is no change in the format of Computer Based Exam.It is same as Pen-Paper Based exam. The only difference is candidate has to write answers on the computer.

Yes, Of course. Checking and marking of the bands are similar in CBT and PBT exam.

Within 3-5 days. Most probably 5 days.

The main concern of CD IELTS is offering to those candidates who are comfortable by typing instead of writing. If your typing is up to the mark, then go with Computer based exam.Otherwise stick to Pen Paper Based exam.

IELTS is owned and administered jointly by the British CouncilIDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. These organisations set the exam standard, maintain the IELTS exam, monitor the standard, review and change the exam format and everything related to the IELTS exam.

International teams of writers affiliated with the IELTS Authority contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. IELTS test writers are from different English-speaking countries and they develop IELTS content. So it reflects real-life situations.

IELTS is accepted as a standardised international language test system for English language proficiency by a whole range of institutions. These include the majority of all educational establishments operating in English in Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand. The US educational institutions are also now starting to use it. Many international immigration services, as well as various professional organisations including the British and Australian Medical Councils and the UK Ministry of Defence, also use and accept the IELTS.

In most of the countries where university courses are offered in English or people speak English to communicate, IELTS score is accepted as proof of your English proficiency. Many European countries where English is not the first or even the second language would ask for IELTS test score to accept admission to a university or college that offers courses in English.

Yes, despite a common myth that the USA does not accept IELTS scores, the fact is that they do. Over 3,400 institutions and programmes in the USA accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills. Minimum score requirement in IELTS might vary from 6.5 to 9.0 depending on the university and major but you are reassured that you can apply to many universities in the USA with your valid IELTS score.

You do not need any special computer skills to take a computer-delivered IELTS test. If you can type on a keyboard and do some very basic computer-related tasks, you can take the test. Please note that a QWERTY keyboard is used for the test. The computer-delivered test is designed for people with average typing speed, so don’t worry if your typing speed is not fast enough.

PTE Pearson Test of English, is the another English Language Testing System. This test is mainly acceptable in New Zealand and Australia. However, PTE test is also acceptable in some other countries but in limited universities and colleges.

Yes, but not that much. Practice makes a man perfect. PTE exam is complex and one has to upgrade their vocabulary, pronunciation, fluency, typing skills etc.because all these factors are integral to crack PTE exam.

IELTS                PTEA
9.0                  86 and above
8.5                  83-85
8.0                  79-82
7.5                  73-78
7.0                  65-72
6.5                  59-64
6.0                  51-58
5.5                  43-50
5.0                  35-42
4.5                  30-34