IELTS is the most popular English test in Australia, accepted locally and globally for migration, study and work purposes. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). IELTS is accepted for many visa categories as well as permanent residency in Australia. IELTS is also a requirement for professional recognition from some Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies.
One of the highlights of IELTS is the face to face speaking test, which can adjust to your individual ability and won’t “time out” if you’re struggling to find the right words. General Skilled Migration Applicants should contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for the specifics of what IELTS test score and module they need for their immigration. For details of changes to the general skilled migration requirements visit border.gov.au
IELTS is available in two test formats – Academic or General Training – and provides a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is your responsibility to ensure you have selected the correct test option: Academic or General Training. If you are unsure, you should check with the organisation that you are applying to. The Academic module should be taken by those applying for tertiary, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and for professional registration. The General Training module should be taken by those who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, or to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.