Certain visa types require the primary applicant to meet an English language standard. The standard is tested under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The purpose of the IELTS test is to evaluate the ability of English language of an applicant. IELTS Test is applicable to those visa applicants who want to study work or migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand & UK.
Each country sets their own parameter for IELTS requirements based on Visa Type. Scores requirements will also vary based on your visa, and where you plan to study or work.
Appearing IELTS – Eligibility Criteria
|Age||Minimum Age Should Be At Least 16 Years|
|Document||Education Certificate & Valid Passport.|
Types of IELTS Test
There are two  Different types of IELTS Test i) Academic IELTS Test & ii) General Training IELTS Test. During the time of application, you need to specify your choice.
The Academic IELTS test is for those who are planning their study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at university. On the other hand, the General IELTS test is for a lower level of courses such as in colleges or high schools.
Test format of IELTS Exam
There are four  levels of exam
- Listening Exam: This test lasts for half an hour and comprises four sections in which difficulty level increases with clearing one section.
- Reading Exam: This test lasts for an hour. As per your choice, you will be required to give Academic Reading Test or a General Training Reading Test. It has three sections.
- Writing Exam: This exam also lasts for an hour. You will require attempting two writing tasks in different writing styles.
- Speaking Test: This phase of the exam comprises a one-to-one interview with a trained IELTS examiner. You will be lead by the examiner via all three sections of the exam.
IELTS Preparation Tips
- Spend quality time (not quantity) over-improving your comprehension and reading skills.
- Always remember, time management is the foremost thing in the IELTS exam.
- Go through English newspapers and magazines.
- Know your weaker points and work on them and at the same time concentrate on your strong points so as to make them stronger.
The IELTS scores explained
|Band 9: Expert user:||One has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.|
|Band 8: Very good user:||One has fully operational command of the language with only occasional Un-systematic inaccuracies and. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Band 7: Good user:||One has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.|
|Band 6: Competent user:||One has a generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Band 5: Modest user:||One has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.|
|Band 4: Limited user:||Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Have frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.|
IELTS examinations are available worldwide. Information on fees, available test dates and application forms are available on the IELTS website, www.ielts.org.
Where the nominated occupation requires a higher level of English because it forms part of that occupation’s registration, licensing or membership requirement, the visa applicant must have at least the standard of English language proficiency required for the grant of that registration, license or membership. Some visas require the applicant to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6, for example. It should be noted that a score describes an applicant with a “competent” command of English.
The table below chart describes the English language abilities that can be expected from candidates with different IELTS scores.
Exemptions to the English language test include:
- The applicant is a passport holder from Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.
- The nominated occupation does not require a level of English language proficiency for grant of registration, licence or membership, and the applicant’s nominated occupation is within the highly skilled major groups 1-3 of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), comprising managers, administrators, professionals and associate professionals.
- The applicant’s nominated occupation does not require a level of English language proficiency for grant of registration, licence or membership, and they have completed at least five years of continuous full time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where instruction was conducted in English.