IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the major English-language proficiency tests for non-native English language speakers, at an international level. The internationally-standardised test verifies a candidate's ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.
There are two modules of the IELTS - Academic Module and General Training Module. IELTS Academic Module is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education, and for professionals like medical doctors & nurses who wish to study or practise in an English-speaking country. IELTS General Training Module is designed for those who wish to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes.
For international higher education, IELTS (its Academic Module) is accepted by most Australian, Canadian, European, UK and New Zealand academic institutions, and by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States. An IELTS Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score ranging from "band 1" ("non-user") to "band 9" ("expert user"), and each institution/country can have its own selection threshold. For example, most of the US Universities require 7.0 band ("Good User"), while a few US universities accept 6.0 IELTS band ("Competent User") for international admission purposes. IELTS test results are considered valid for a maximum period of 2 years by Academic Institutions.