IELTS is however not accepted by most universities in USA.
The IELTS exam
IELTS, the International English Language Tests System, is built to assess the lingual ability of candidates who must study or perform where English is employed as the mean of communication. IELTS is needed for entry to university in Britain and other nations around the world.
Who is it for?
IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
More than 700,000 people a year take the test.
What is the IELTS test like?
You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.
Out of 9 for each section and an overall score out of 9.
Multi-level. You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections. IELTS scores compare with TOEFL and the Cambridge exams approximately as follows:
Where do I take the test?
IELTS tests are administered at accredited Test Centers throughout the world - there are currently more than 300 Centers, in over 120 countries. Click here to find a test center.
What is the computer-based test?
At some centers you can take the computer-based version of IELTS.
When can I take the test?
Arrange with your closest test center. There are frequent dates, usually on Thursdays or Saturdays.
How much does it cost to take IELTS?
Fees are set by test centers. Expect to pay around £110 GBP or $160 USD.
What materials do I need?
IELTS is conducted by the British Council along with IDP. You can contact any local British Council office to determine where your nearby test center can be found. Most centers ordinarily have a testing session about every month. You should speak to the test center to determine the date in the next test along with collect the IELTS handbook and a credit application form. The filled application should be sent to the test center with test fee. You may be given a night out and time of your respective test.
The British Council also runs short courses to prepare you for IELTS. Check details about the same from your test center.
The test results are normally made available within two weeks of taking the test. You can also ask for more copies of your test results.