The International English Language Testing System IELTS is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers recognized internationally. This test is devised by Cambridge University which produces ESOL examinations around the world( English for speakers of other languages). The IELTS is jointly managed by the IDP: IELTS Australia, British Council, and Cambridge University and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests recognized world over by Institutes, Universities and employers, the others being the TOEFL, TOEIC, and PTE: Academic.
All English Speaking countries like Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Ireland, and UK as well as European countries especially the Schengen countries and various professional organizations across the world accept IELTS.
Another adaptation of the paper pencil test is UKVI IELTS which is approved by UK Visas and Immigration for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. The IELTS general module also meets the requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand, where TOEFL and Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) are also accepted. In Canada, IELTS, TEF (French Language Proficiency Test) or CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) are accepted by the immigration authority. IELTS is a test which is old, reliable and valid for two years. The result is declared in 13 days after the test date. A Test Report Form is posted to the candidates after their test.
PTE & TOEFL
PTE stands for Pearson Test of English, the latest addition to various English Language tests for Non-Native Speakers. It is a computer based test of approximately 180-200 minutes comprising of various activities.
PTE- Academic is gaining popularity among students for Australia and New Zealand as it is recognized by DIBP Australia and dates are available all year round. Results are declared within 5 working days.