The International English Language Testing System,or IELTS, is an international standardised
test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by
the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, and was
established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the
There are two modules of the IELTS:
General Training Module
There is also a separate test offered by the IELTS test partners, called IELTS Life Skills:
IELTS Academic is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other
institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses
who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
IELTS General Training is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic
training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS Life Skills is intended for those who need to prove their English speaking and
listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
levels A1 or B1 and can be used to apply for a 'family of a settled person' visa, indefinite
leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.