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Established in 1989, the International English Language Testing System or IELTS is a standardized assessment that intensively measures one’s English language proficiency. Since its formation, the IELTS has since been improved by leading language assessment experts all over the world, making it widely recognised today by more than 10,000 organisations, educational institutions, and governmental and professional bodies globally. Thus, if you are looking to work, study, or migrate abroad, most especially in English-speaking countries like USA, Canada, and the UK, taking the IELTS is a step toward that goal.

Depending on the requirement, you are to choose between two IELTS test types: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS Academic assesses your English proficiency level in terms of your readiness in an academic setting, while the IELTS General Training measures your English proficiency in a more practical, social context. Hence, if you wish to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in an esteemed university or work in a highly professional organisation, it is the former, IELTS Academic, that you may need to take. For migration purposes, it is usually the IELTS General Training that is appropriate and required between the two.

Regardless which IELTS test you take, you are to go through four test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Among the four, it is the Reading and Writing portions that differ and are especially tailored depending on which IELTS test type you are to take; Listening and Speaking, on the other hand, are the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

Given the comprehensive and thorough nature of the IELTS, it is, no doubt, the world’s leading English proficiency assessment for migration, work, and education abroad.

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