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What is IELTS?

Established in 1989, The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most trusted English language tests across the globe with more than 10,000 organizations recognizing it internationally. IELTS is a standardized and widely recognized English language assessment test for international education and global migration. It evaluates the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers, who wish to study in or migrate to countries.

IELTS certification is recognized by the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries across the globe. The certification is accepted by academic institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organizations. The IELTS tests are available throughout the year in more than 1600 centers in over 140 countries.

IELTS Test Types

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world's leading language experts and it is designed to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and your effectiveness in using the language to study, work and live in an English-speaking country. There are two types of IELTS:

  • IELTS Regular (Academic and General Training)
  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training)

IELTS Regular (Academic and General Training)

Test type
Academic Training
General Training
IELTS Regular
  • For International students who wish to pursue higher studies in an English-speaking country.

  • To assess if the English language skills meet International academic proficiency
  • For people migrating to an English speaking country to work or training programs.

  • To assess whether you possess adequate language skills for the workplace and social situations.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training)

Test type
Academic Training
General Training
IELTS for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI)
Will test your English skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking if you plan to do higher education in the UK.
Will test your English skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking if you migrate or study below degree level.

Note : The IELTS test for UKVI is a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) and this test has no difference in the test format, questions, or scoring except the Test Report Form (TRF) of IELTS General. The IELTS for UKVI is designed to meet certain requirements that are specific to the UK Visas and Immigration process.

IELTS test format

The IELTS test can be taken on paper or on a computer at one of the British Council IELTS test centres in Malaysia. There is no difference in the test content, structure, timings, price and result verification between the test modes. 

  • Computer-delivered IELTS: You will be typing the answers for only the Listening, Reading and Writing sections and for the Speaking test you will be having a face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.
  • Paper option IELTS: You will be writing the answers for the Listening, Reading and Writing sections and you will be having a face-to-face interview with the examiner for the Speaking section.
Test Format
Time
No of Questions
Task Types
Listening
30 minutes
40
  • Sentence completion
  • Summary completion
  • Matching
  • Multiple choice
  • Diagram labelling

Reading
(Both Academic & General training)

60 minutes
40
  • Multiple choice
  • Identifying information
  • Identifying writer’s views
  • Matching Information, features, headings, sentence endings.
  • Short answer question

Writing
(Both Academic & General training)

60 minutes
2
  • Summarisation of tables, graphs & diagrams

Speaking

11-14 minutes
Varies
  • Face-to-face interview

IELTS Registration Process

During your registration, ensure that you have your IC (local Malaysian) or passport (international student) handy. You must also make sure to take your IC or passport with you on the day of your examination. Want to register for IELTS but don’t know how? Our AECC Global's expert counselors are here to guide you through the entire registration process.

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