International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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What is IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most popular English tests in the world for study, work and migratory reasons. Each year, more than two million candidates take the test.

IELTS is an international recognition, The IELTS test is the result of an international partnership between three giants of education and languages: Cambridge Assessment English, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. The test was developed by the world's leading experts in the field of linguistic evaluation, has an international reputation and is recognized and accepted by over 9,000 organizations around the world, including schools, universities, companies, migratory authorities and professional associations and associations. IELTS is an impartial, reliable and accurate test for candidates of any cultural background, nationality and gender, also open to candidates who require special attention. IELTS recognizes both British and American English in terms of spelling, grammar and lexicon. The listening exam includes Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, British and American accents.

Why take IELTS?

IELTS is accepted by over 9000 institutions worldwide, including universities, colleges and employers not only in English-speaking countries and in Italy, but also in countries that communicate mainly in English.

› IELTS to test your language skills

Colleges, universities, employers and governmental immigration bodies require attestation of knowledge of English as part of their admission or hiring procedures. More and more organizations are choosing IELTS

› IELTS for study

IELTS is recognized by many institutions, including the most important universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada. To register, a demonstration of English proficiency is required and generally IELTS Academic is a requirement for admission. Schools, colleges and some professional institutions require IELTS General Training instead. IELTS is also recognized by many Italian universities and institutions.

› IELTS for work

IELTS is recognized by many employers and governmental immigration agencies, including: United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Immigration New Zealand Service (NZIS) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

› IELTS for registration in professional registers

In most countries where English is the main language of communication, a fair level of English proficiency is necessary for international graduates and candidates applying for professional registration. Professional associations and registers around the world recognize and accept IELTS as a quality test and often prefer it to their face-to-face oral tests.

  • -IELTS is accepted by professional bodies and associations not only in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, but also in many non-English-speaking countries.
  • - Many of the registration bodies that accept IELTS represent the professions of the health sector (nursing staff, doctors and pharmacists), where linguistic competence is of vital importance
  • - In some countries IELTS is required by professional associations from the administrative, accounting and legal sectors.
  • - IELTS is required by many employers from the tourism, banking, financial, government, construction, energy, oil, aeronautics sectors.
› IELTS for employers

IELTS is the ideal tool for assessing the level of English of the company staff or a potential candidate to be hired. The test offers an objective, accurate and reliable assessment of language skills based on well-tested standards. It covers all four skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading, from beginner to advanced level. An IELTS score will tell you if the candidate's English level meets your company's needs.

A safe and reliable exam

Before being used, each exam is tested on approximately 150,000 real students around the world to ensure its accuracy and precision.

Academic or General Training?

IELTS Academic is aimed primarily at those who want to attend university and post-graduate courses such as masters, MBAs and doctorates, or want to enrol in a professional register.

IELTS General Training focuses more on basic language skills in more general social and educational contexts. It is recommended for those who want to take training courses or work or emigrate to English-speaking countries. It is not suitable for those wishing to follow university studies.

Both versions include 4 components for assessing the 4 language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking (reading, writing, listening, speaking). The two versions differ only in the writing and reading components.

Exam details

Listening test with wireless headphones: 30 minutes - 40 questions / 4 parts (two conversations and two monologues). Recorded texts can only be heard once. In the end, you will have ten minutes to write down your answers on the answer sheet.

Reading test: 60 minutes (no extra time for a possible transcription) 40 questions / 3 parts
Writing test: 60 minutes - 2 activities (150 and 250 words)
Speaking test: 11-14 minutes - 3 parts

Real-life conversation - the IELTS speaking test takes place directly with the examiner: the assessment takes place through a real conversation with a real person. It is the most reliable and natural way to evaluate spoken English, optimal for those who want to work or study in English-speaking countries or where English is the primary language of communication.

The listening, reading and writing tests are carried out on the same day without intervals. The speaking test can take place on the same day as the other 3 or on a date included in a window from 7 days before to 7 days after.

LThe listening and speaking tests of the General Training version and of the Academic version are the same, while the reading and writing tests are different.

IELTS and levels of linguistic knowledge - the IELTS test gives an assessment of language skills according to a scale from 0 to 9 comparable to that of the CEFR. There are no failures: candidates are assigned a global score and a specific score for each of the four skills. This scoring system is internationally recognized and provides an impartial, reliable and accurate assessment wherever and whenever you take the exam. Each score band corresponds to a certain level of linguistic competence. Usually, a score of 4 is the minimum for immigration purposes, from 6 to 7.5 for university and master courses.


IELTS is not suitable for candidates under 16 years of age who, however, can enrol it if they wish.

Before being admitted to the tests, your identity will be checked. To register, you must present the same identity document that you used for enrolment. As an additional proof of identity and security demonstration, you will be photographed and fingerprinted with an electronic device. The photo will appear on your IELTS Test Report Form (TRF)

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Dates and Prices

Dates AC GT Cost Enrolment deadline Online Results TFR- Florence
7 March 2020 Book AC Book GT € 241 28 February 2020 20 March 2020 24 March 2020
13 June 2020 Book AC Book GT € 241 8 June 2020 26 June 2020 29 June 2020
25 July 2020 Book AC Book GT € 241 17 July 2020 7 August 2020 3 September 2020


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