8 reasons to take IELTS to test your English language skills
1. Useful for all steps and stages of your life
If you successfully take an IELTS test, you will be able to apply to study at many international schools and universities, apply for jobs and immigration and give evidence of your level to professional bodies.
2. It's recognized worldwide
IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organisations in more than 135 countries, for education, immigration and professional purposes. Besides its excellent international reputation, it is the most widely recognised English test across the globe.
3. It's a great training exercise for your English language skills
By taking the IELTS test, you´ll already be applying your English knowledge as if you were in an everyday situation with English native speakers. The test is designed to assess different English language skills – speaking, listening, writing and reading – including a live conversation with an evaluator, which prepares you for real life situations, whether it is to talk to your international colleagues at school, to your clients at work or even during a trip abroad.
4. Accuracy of the results and of your English language level
The IELTS examiners ensure an accurate assessment by applying strict criteria to each test, which means that the result will accurately reflect your English language level.
IELTS results follow a 9-band scoring but even though there is no limit score for "failed" and "approved", most institutions require results placed around 6 and 7 points. The 9-band system is used worldwide so the interpretation of results becomes fairly consistent. The CEFR scale (A1-C2) is is an international standard for describing language ability. It is used around the world to describe learners' language skills.
5. Specific scores requested by schools and companies around the world
When a university, company or official body requests the IELTS test as a requirement for any application process, a minimum score that you should have obtained to apply is also commonly requested. The Global Recognition System IELTS precisely tells you which organisations accept IELTS and the minimum results required by each one of them.
6. There are two types of test to choose from
You can choose between IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on your personal goals and the type of institution to which you want to show your results. For university applications, whether it is for an Undergraduate or Post-Graduate program, and to work for a company in an English-speaking country, the IELTS Academic is right. For those who want to follow a training course or study without being at the higher education level, the IELTS is sufficient and is also valid for work, travel or to emigrate to an English speaking country.
However, if you have not defined how you’re going to use your score yet, choose the IELTS Academic, since it can be useful in a larger number of situations and it is the most requested version.
7. Does it use British English or American? Both!
In terms of spelling, grammar and choice of words, IELTS covers both British English and American English. Whether you want to study in the US, in the UK or even in another English-speaking country such as Australia, Canada or New Zealand, IELTS gives you the chance to train your ear to different native English accents – the reading assessment incorporates a mix of all of them. This happens because the test is designed by Australians, New Zealanders, British and Americans, who try to build a real approach to each English language variation according to the terms used on advertisements, newspapers, books and companies in their countries.
8. It's available in 140 countries around the world and there is an exam centre here in Gran Canaria.
With dates available regularly throughout the year, you can take your IELTS test in 900 different British Council-accredited offices around the world. You can conveniently register online, then the British Council office in your country will process your registration and send it to the nearest testing center. The results are issued 13 days after completion of the test and it can also be directly sent to an institution or organisation under your request.
Within the team of English teachers at A.C.S.E.S.O, we have two experienced exam preparation coaches with lots of experience and success working with people preparing to take the IELTS exam. We also provide exam preparation for all Cambridge exams, TOEIC, TOEFL and support for people studying at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.
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