IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training . The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. See below for a diagram of the test format.
IELTS Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education
The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test. IELTS Academic may also be a requirement to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
General Training – for school, work or migration
The General Training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.
IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
Candidates receive scores on a Band Score from 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert User). Candidates receive a score for each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Band Score.
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.
This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency. IELTS scores have a recommended validity period of two years.
The IELTS 9-band scale
Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.
Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
Band 8: Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
Band 7: Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
Band 6: Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Band 5: Modest user: 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. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Band 2: Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
The following IELTS Centers are available for registration of a test in Iran:
IELTS Tehran - IDP IELTS Test Centre
Address: 3rd Floor, 163 Boulevard Darya, Saadat Abad, Tehran, 1998875677
Tel: 0098 21 8869 8827/8
Fax: 0098 21 8869 8827/8
Address: No. 3, Danesh Dead end, 1st Saee St., Vali-e-Asr Avenue, Tehran
Tel: +9821 8879 7333, +9821 8864 4690
Fax: +9821 8877 7196
Address: 309 West Mirdamad Blvd, Toward Vali Asr Avenue, Tehran
Tel: +98 21 88673505
Irsafam IELTS Test Center
Address: 5th Floor, Philips Building, No. 812, Barati Alley, Enghelab Street, (Between Nejatollahi Street and Ferdowsi Square), Tehran, 1131863736
Islamic Azad University
Tehran - IDP IELTS Test Centre
Address: No. 16 Ayeneh Boulevard, on the corner of Goleyakh Street, Pabarja Street, Gholhak Y-road, Shariati Ave., Tehran
Tel: +9821 22640501, +9821 22640514
Fax: +9821 22 61 46 20
Address: Moayedi Alley, Hafez Street, Park Shahr, Rasht
Tel: +98131 3232801
Address: First Floor, Chemical Faculty, Islamic Azad University Pardis Site, Kilometer 5 Sadra Road, Shiraz
Tel: +98711 6410048
Address: Eslamabad Terminal, Western Kamarbandi, Kermanshah
Tel: +98831 8255583