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IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This is the ideal test if you wish to study or work in an English-speaking country or a country which uses English as a language of communication. The IELTS tests are recognised by universities, secondary schools, companies, immigration services and all professional bodies.

Choose the IELTS exam if :

  • You are considering emigrating or enrolling in a university in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Canada

There are two versions of the test, one which is academic (if you intend enrolling in a foreign university) and one which is general (if you are emigrating, are considering non-university training abroad or if you are travelling abroad to work).

What does the IELTS exam consist of ?

1. Listening comprehension (40 minutes)
The test is made up of approximately 40 questions, the first two parts deal with questions related to society and the two last parts are devoted to problems of education and training. The text is recorded on a tape and you may only listen to it once.

2. Reading comprehension (60 minutes)
This test is divided into three parts of increasing difficulty with the number of words going from 2000 to 2750. The texts are taken from magazines, books and newspapers. Some questions are asked before the text and others after it, depending on the nature of the questions.

3. Written expression (60 minutes)
You will be asked to write two texts on a given subject. The first one needs to be of a minimum of 150 words, the second one needs to be of a minimum of 250 words.

4. Oral expression (15 minutes)
The oral expression exam consists of an individual 15-minute interview with a Cambridge examiner.

To find out the exact dates of the exams as well as to get further information on the formalities of these, refer to the IELTS website.