The IELTS test was launched in the1989 and is still today the world’s most popular test of the English language. IELTS Australia, in association with the British Council and the Cambridge ESOL is involved in the development of the test. IELTS Australia continues to partner with the British Council and Cambridge ESOL to administer, improve and deliver the IELTS test globally. IELTS Australia Pty Ltd is a part of the IDP Education, a company co-owned by 38 Australian universities and SEEK. IELTS Australia is a global company that administers and conducts the IELTS test in various centers in more than 35 countries and aids over 6,000 organizations such as universities, governments, professional bodies and commercial organizations that recognize the IELTS as a criterion for admission/immigration purposes. The IELTS test is globally recognized and valued; there were more than 1.5 million candidates took the test in 2010, and the number will increase this year and the next. Moreover, there are 6,000 organizations worldwide that recognize this test as a valid test of the English language. Almost 3000 US universities also recognize the test.
IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL at more than 800 locations in 130 countries. The exam tests the candidate’s ability to perform well in four sections – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in English. English language testing and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. Today, IELTS has been recognized as a pioneer for the purposes of immigration, personal registration in Australia and even for education worldwide.
The IELTS test is used to assess the language ability and communication skill of candidates who wish to study or work in a country where English is the first language - the language of communication. It is the preferred test of English for students intending to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K. and now increasingly in the U.S also. IELTS Academic module is recognized widely as a language requirement for entry to all courses in further and higher education where teaching is conducted in English. IELTS General Training module is suitable for candidates who are immigrating to English-speaking countries or going to these countries to do higher studies, i.e. the graduate and postgraduate programs in various fields.IELTS Australia offers support for those organizations that recognize the IELTS test, such as governments, professional bodies, colleges/universities and commercial organizations. IELTS Australia invites educational institutions and suitably qualified individuals to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to IELTS. Financial support is provided for individual projects that are selected and is a maximum of A$36,000. This upper limit of the fund may be reviewed in certain exceptional circumstances.