– English Test

International English Language Testing System (, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency, testing the ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.

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IELTS – International English Language Testing System

IELTS is an international standardised test assessing the ability of people with non-English speaking background to listen, read, write and speak in English. This is an alternative test to TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and is normally required for students or employees to gain admission or employment in Australia.

As with anything other, language-related, practice, and a lot of practice make all the difference. People are known to arrive to Australia months prior to the commencement of their education, just to get a feel for the language and get themselves fully immersed in the language.

IELTS Test Structure

There are four modules: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The first three modules are normally taken in the same day and the specking assessment make take place on a separate date and takes a form of a dialogue, rather than a monologue.

It is highly recommended to visit the main test’s website www. for general information about IELTS test you may have. The website provides a wealth of information, that can be used to prepare for this test. The website allows people to order practice material, fill in application form and see the upcoming dates and locations for the test. It is suggested to check that website first, before going with a commercial provider.

Please see our reviews of other tests, such as OET Test, NAPLAN and the controversial MySchool Government Website that was recently launched in Australia.

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The review " – English Test" was last updated on 31/01/2010.

  • Bob

    When I first arrived in Australia I chose to take TOEFL test, instead of IELTS. The biggest difference between the two is that IELTS has that “scary” converstaion assessment. If this is not specifically required, I think TOEFL is probably much easier, even though you have to deal with the America accent!