The International English Language Testing System is a tool prepared by the Cambridge English Language Assessment for assessing the qualitative ability of students coming from non – native English speaking countries to ensure that the incoming potential migrants/ students can seamlessly transition to an entirely different cultural setting with the help of a test that helps evaluate their English language proficiency. 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. 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.
Understanding a Native English speaker can be a challenge. English pronunciation is complex. There are over 20 different vowel sounds and they can difficult to tell apart. It gets harder with fast speech. Two words may differ by a single sound but have a very different meaning (minimal pairs). Training your ear to distinguish between the sounds is an important foundational skill. Native speakers have speech patterns that sounds unique to learners. It’s different from textbook or written English.