IELTS is a standardized international exam designed to assess English language proficiency for employment purposes, as well as admission mainly to European universities. There are two types of this exam - Academic and General. Academic IELTS is required mainly for students to enter European universities, while General IELTS is required in a package of documents for employment. The difference between these exams is only in the level of difficulty, because their structure is absolutely identical.
The test can be taken monthly, the results are received within 14-21 days.
The structure of the test contains 4 parts - Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. The test results are ranked according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The Reading part consists of 3 texts and questions to them. Execution time - 60 minutes.
The Listening part consists of 4 blocks, which include dialogues and excerpts from lectures. Execution time - 35 minutes.
The Speaking part takes place in 2 stages, includes interviews with native speakers and discussion of a given topic. Execution time - up to 10 minutes.
The Writing part includes two tasks: to describe a graph, diagram or table; write an essay on a particular topic. Execution time - 50 minutes.
From each section you can score from 1 to 9 points. Scores determine the level of English.