Your Insider Guide to the IELTS

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IELTS Tutor – Prep Information for the IELTS is a free web resource dedicated to helping students learn about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and make informed decisions on their standardized testing needs. Our website is intended to help test-takers understand important issues relevant to the IELTS and prepare for their best possible test scores. The IELTS is administered jointly by the British Council (a cultural and educational organization), International Development Program Education (a multi-national group with branches in 31 countries), and Cambridge English Language Assessment (which has over 100 years of experience in language education). The IELTS is taken by more than 2.5 students in 140 countries each year, primarily for admission into postsecondary degree programs and for immigration visas. Most universities in English-speaking countries will accept the IELTS as proof of the necessary language skills, and IELTS scores can be used to qualify for various types of visas in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Users may navigate the website by clicking on the links to the left (you are currently on the "Homepage"). The "About" section features general information on the IELTS, such as availability and acceptance. Learn how to sign up for the IELTS by clicking on "Registration." See the "Sections" page for a comprehensive discussion of IELTS content and scoring. For an overview of study options for the IELTS, see the "Preparation" page, and if you have any remaining questions, click on "FAQ."

  • There are currently three versions of the IELTS assessment: the academic test, the general training test, and the life skills test. The academic IELTS is meant for students who wish to enter undergraduate or graduate degree programs at universities in which the language of instruction is English. The general training and life skills test are used for professional and immigration purposes. The academic and general training exams consist of four sections that test reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The life skills test evaluates listening and speaking only. Students taking or considering the IELTS are encouraged to review the IELTS website ( for the most up-to-date information on registration, preparation, and research relevant to the exam.

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