IELTS increasingly recognised internationally!

The IELTS test is one of the English language tests you can take. It assesses your English language skills. To pass IELTS you will need to take a standardised English exam. IELTS exam sessions are organised by the British Council for France. In general, IELTS is valid for an unlimited period of time, but some institutions will only accept certificates that are less than two years old. The reason is that your level may be higher or lower than that stated on the certificate over time. That is why you may need to provide proof of your level, which is shown on the certificate.

What is the IELTS test?

IELTS is the world's most respected test of international English language ability. The Cambridge English Language Assessment, IELTS Australia, IDP and the British Council organise this qualification test. Over 2.5 million candidates take the IELTS test each year. Government departments and thousands of institutions around the world recognise this certificate. If you want to work or study abroad, you will need IELTS to increase your chances of getting a job. It will even be required if you want to study at a Scandinavian, Irish, English, New Zealand or Australian university. Please visit  for more information about the IELTS test.

What are the IELTS test categories?

With the IELTS, you will be tested on your English language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). There are two categories of IELTS: the Academic Module and the General Training Module. To enter a university, you will need to take the academic module. The subjects will be academically oriented (writing and reading comprehension). For people who have a professional goal, the general training module will be more suitable. This also applies to people who want to immigrate to an English-speaking country. On general subjects, written expression and comprehension will be tested.  

The test procedure

In general, one day is sufficient to take the IELTS test. The test starts at 9am and finishes at 4.30pm. The oral test starts after the instructions and lasts 40 minutes. You will have one minute to answer each of the 40 questions. At 10 am, the reading comprehension test begins. The duration of this test is one hour. You will have a 20-minute break from 11:00 to 11:20. The written expression test starts at 11:25 and ends at 12:25. At 13:15 the speaking test starts and it ends at 16:30.

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