What is IELTS and why choose this exam-
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a language proficiency test for study, migration and work. There are two types of tests- IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic test is to be given by those who wish to apply for higher education or professional registration in English speaking countries whereas IELTS General Training Test is to be given by those who plan on going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience, training programs and Permanent Residency.
There are 4 modules on which you will be tested- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The first three modules are tested on one day during a 2 hour 45 minutes test (without break) and the speaking test takes place a week before or after the written test. Although the purpose differs a tad, the listening and speaking modules remain the same for both.
IELTS FOR STUDY-
It is important to appear in the IELTS exam if you wish to pursue your graduation or post-graduation from another country, thereby, making this language proficiency test compulsory. It is available in over 100 countries and is conducted twice every month. Students are required to appear in the IELTS Academic Test that is accepted in the colleges and universities worldwide. It is considered necessary as it ensures the authorities that the student has a clear understanding of the language and will be able to sustain in the course and able to perform well in the same.
IELTS FOR WORK-
Usually while applying for a work visa, it is considered essential to give the IELTS General Test. It is considered essential since English is a widely spoken language in the corporate world and otherwise as well. For a person to obtain employment, he/she must ensure the employer that they possess knowledge and understanding of the language that would result in a smooth flow of things in the workplace. Furthermore, language skills are specifically important for a lot of professions worldwide. The IELTS score requirements depend upon the country and then the employer’s requirement based on the level of language proficiency required for a particular job.
IELTS FOR IMMIGRATION-
To immigrate to an English speaking nation, understanding and knowledge of the language is important as the government uses the same as a means to give Permanent Residence Visa or Citizenship. It is also used as a way to control the number of immigrants in the country so as to keep a check on the population and its quality and competence. Each country has a different set of requirements for the IELTS score. IELTS General is applicable in this case.