Educational institutions, and immigration departments, require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admittance procedures. Increasingly, these organizations are using the International English Language Testing System, known as IELTS.
Academic or General Training
The IELTS test comes in two modules:
- Academic – this module is for people wishing to study in English at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
- General Training – this module is for people wishing to immigrate to an English–speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study in English at below degree level.
These two sections are not interchangeable so it is highly recommended to give the matter a careful consideration and seek advice before deciding which module to sit.
Candidates are tested in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing . All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing tests.
The total test time is around 2 hours 45 minutes. The first three tests – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. The Speaking test may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period of seven days before or after the other tests.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non–user to expert user. Test takers receive a score of 0–9, with 0 being for those who did not attempt the test, and 9 being for the most proficient users. Most universities accept scores between 6–7 as being suitable for undergraduate study in English.
For more information about IELTS, please refer to the official website of IELTS at: http://www.ielts.org/
IELTS Centers in Iran
IELTS exams are held at several centers in Iran on a regular basis. For more information on dates and registration please refer to: http://ielts.sanjesh.org/ and/or http://www.ieltstehran.com/
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