The International English Language Testing System(IELTS), is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP and Cambridge.
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, as it is popularly called, is an English Language proficiency test that is required to be taken by Non-native students so as to study in countries where the medium of instruction is English. IELTS is accepted by Universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It has become a mandatory test for study in Australia. One cannot be granted an Australian Student Visa without an IELTS Score. All other study destinations require one to appear for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. IELTS is however not accepted by Universities in USA, the TOEFL is required for studying there. 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 internally available, internationally recognized, internationally focused and internationally owned. In every sense, IELTS is a truly global test which you can trust to take you where you want to go. IELTS is available in over 300 locations worldwide, up to to 4 times a month, making it one of the most widely available English language tests.
IELTS is one of the most widely-recognized and used English language test. Thousands of educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations across 120 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. You can find a list of the organizations and institutions that recognize IELTS on the IELTS website.