A common question by most Indian students and working professionals is, why do we need to take the IELTS examination when the medium of instruction for both school and college was English? While the answer is not that straightforward, it is necessary that one realizes that the level of language competency required by a country and/ or institution could be far higher than the levels taught within the country. That said, we cannot override the fact that English is a language and hence cannot be subject to exacting standards as many other subjects could.
Having the IELTS qualification brings many opportunities with it. If you’ve been wanting to study at a university in the UK or Ireland, IELTS is just what you need! Many major universities ask for this English language test on their admission requirements, and the score you’ll require depends on which university you’d like to attend. IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 9,000 organizations in more than 135 countries, for education, immigration and professional purposes. Besides its good international reputation, this the most widely recognized English test across the globe, due to the high-quality control criteria which its questions need to accomplish. Being the world’s most popular English language test, the IELTS qualification is recognized worldwide and accepted by over 10,000 organizations in more than 140 countries. Whether you want to work for a multi-national company, in education or even in government, a good result on your IELTS certificate can help you achieve your career aspirations. The IELTS test assesses candidates on listening, speaking, reading and writing and due to the test’s strict nature, you can be assured that your results are a true reflection of your English language abilities. As we know, there are some differences between American and British English and depending on your reasons for taking an English language test, you may need to know one more than the other. Thankfully, the IELTS test covers both American and British English, so no matter what environment you use your English in, the English you learn for your IELTS test will be relevant.
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.
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.