The IELTS test can be taken either as an academic preparation test or a general training test. When applying to universities, you will have to demonstrate that you have taken the academic preparation test.

The IELTS test is different in that it incorporates a variety of different accents so that your test isn't biased towards any particular region. 


IELTS - International English Language Testing System

Provided by: British CouncilIDP: IELTS Australia and the Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cost: US$205

Accepted by: Over 7,000 institutions in more than 130 countries

Duration: approx 3 hours

Score: 0-9

The test consists of:

The first three modules (listening, reading and writing) will always be taken in one sitting, but the speaking module may be taken on a different day, within 7 days of the main test date.