The English test IELTS continues expanding

Every year, many people take the test IELTS. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million candidates presented the International English Language Testing System exam last year and the number continues to rise. Demand has resulted in many new centers being opened around the world to accommodate the IELTS candidates, and IELTS test dates being offered more frequently in high volume countries and cities.

Global test IELTS scores

The top average scores obtained in IELTS are obtained by candidates from:
  • Malaysia and Romania [IELTS band score 6.9]
  • France and Germany [IELTS band score 6.8]
  • Brazil, Kenya and Philippines [IELTS band score 6.7]

Reasons for taking the test IELTS

The large majority of candidates use the test IELTS to gain admission to further education in a foreign country or study abroad programs. This may be to study a first degree, postgraduate degree or Doctoral degree at a university in an English speaking country typically. Candidates sitting the IELTS General Training modules normally sit the test IELTS for immigration or work related purposes, either as part of an emigration process or as a requirement to attend or participate in work related training courses or events.

The test IELTS is administered by the British Council and IDP Australia who run a network of exam centers and IELTS preparation courses throughout the world. If you wish to prepare, reserve your place for the test, or find out more about it you can check out the following websites which provide full information about IELTS registration procedures and test centers in your particular country.
There are many good IELTS practice resources on the internet as well as IELTS books which are published to help English learners prepare for the test. While there is no pass or fail mark in the test IELTS is scored in bands from 0 to 9, the highest band being 9. Most English learners who need Academic IELTS are normally required to score at least a band score of 6.5 and may be required to obtain specific scores in each section such as IELTS Listening, IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing and IELTS Speaking.

The band score required for people doing the exam for immigration purposes or professional purposes will vary

according to their individual circumstances although a band score of 6.0 is generally accepted as a minimum requirement for many professional purposes.

IELTS time management

One of the most important aspects of preparing for the test IELTS is to allow sufficient time to study the test, learn the format, and do practice IELTS tests to become familiar with all sections and their content as well as master the art of time management, one of the things which many IELTS candidates have some difficulty with. In the test IELTS has many different types of tasks to do and the pressure of time can sometimes cause candidates to lose valuable marks.