What is the IELTS Test?
IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System and is co-owned by IDP (International Education Specialists) IELTS: Australia, Cambridge English Language Assessment (formally known as UCLES) and the British Council. IELTS are available up to 10 times a year and offered throughout Switzerland for your convenience. You will find the list of upcoming test dates in the section entitled «IELTS Test Registration».
The IELTS Test comes in two main versions
Academic IELTS test: recommended for those wishing to enroll at universities with courses held in English. It also is suitable for business professionals looking to add a recognized English language certificate as proof of language proficiency level.
General IELTS test: designed for those who may need to follow non-academic training courses or immigrate to England or other English-speaking countries
Both Academic and General IELTS test versions are suitable for business professionals looking for a recognized certificate that proves their English language proficiency level.
The IELTS Scoring System
The IELTS scoring system uses smaller bands in order to pinpoint a student’s level more precisely. Rather than giving just a B2 or C1 result, the IELTS band score reflects the test scorer’s level by giving a band number.
As you can see in the chart below, the scores can show whether a student is, for example, at a low, mid or high B1, B2, C1 level.