IELTS or 'International English
Language Testing System', is an international standardised
test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed
by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British
Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd, and was established in
There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organisations. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from 1 (no knowledge) to 9 (expert user) and each institution sets a different threshold. Institutions are advised not to consider valid a report older than two years, unless the user proves that he has worked to maintain his level.
In 2007, IELTS tested over a million candidates in a single 12-month period for the first time ever, making it the world's most popular English language test for higher education and immigration.
In 2009, 1.4 million candidates took the IELTS test in over 130 countries.
IDP Education, through its subsidiary IELTS Australia, manages a network of IELTS test centres in more than 30 countries.
In 1989, IDP joined in partnership with the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and The British Council to form IELTS Australia. The first IELTS Australia centres were established in the major cities in Australia and in a number of overseas countries in 1990. Since then the network of IELTS Australia centres has expanded greatly. The quality and reliability of IELTS has been demonstrated through its recognition as the world's premier test for English proficiency. Please contact ielts@IELTS-Australia.org for further information.
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)
Cambridge ESOL is the world's leading provider of exams for learners of English. Cambridge exams are recognised by over 8,500 organisations worldwide and taken by over 3 million people each year in 135 countries.
Overview of IELTS Australia in English Language Teaching (ELT)
IELTS Australia has been involved in the teaching and testing of English since 1988 when it opened the first Australian-initiated offshore ELT centre in Bangkok, known at that time as the English Language Centre of Australia (ELCA). Since then, IELTS Australia has been engaged in various activities to support the teaching and testing of English internationally. Today, there are around 8,000 students studying English with IELTS Australia.
IELTS Australia’s involvement in ELT is a natural fit with our focus on the “international student journey”. Students often begin their international education experience with study of English in an IELTS Australia English centre, then demonstrate their level of English on an international testing instrument such as IELTS, and then seek IELTS Australia’s professional placement service in finding the best course for their study abroad.
Apart from English Language Teaching, IELTS Australia also organises an international TESOL conference, the CamTESOL conference (www.camtesol.org). This conference attracts around 1,300 participants from approximately 30 countries. Around 300 papers and workshops are delivered annually at CamTESOL.
IELTS Australia also publishes the Language Education in Asia journal series (www.camtesol.org/language_education_in_asia.html). This is a peer-reviewed journal published online twice a year. It has a large and diverse international editorial board. Each issue of the journal contains papers on practical topics of teaching, papers based on research and a commentary on a contemporary subject.