International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

What is IELTS?

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International English Language Test (IELTS)The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. It is managed by the British Council, IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It was established in 1989.
IELTS is available in two test formats – Academic or General Training and provides an assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The difference between the Academic and General Training versions is the content. All other features- time limits, responses length and scores are the same.

Test results:

CEFR IELTS levelsIELTS uses 9-band scale, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

0- Did not attempt the test;
1- Non User;
2- Intermittent User;
3- Extremely Limited User;
4-Limited User (approx. equivalent to B1 level);
5-Modest user;
6-Competent User (IELTS 5-6 similar to B2 level);
7-Good User (meaning C1 level in CEFR);
8- Very Good User, 9- Expert User (similar to C2 level).

(You can find more information about English proficiency levels in detailed comparison of IELTS bands with CEFR levels, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge ESOL)

An official result in the form of Test Report Form is posted to test takers 13 days after their test. It is valid for 2 years.

Test total time:

The test total time is 2 hours and 45 minutes (Listening 30 minutes, Reading 60 minutes, Writing 60 minutes, Speaking 11–14 minutes).

It needs to be taken in one of the authorised test centres.

Test fees:

Registration fees for one IELTS test are approx. 190 EUR.

IELTS and TrackTest English test- how does it compare?

TrackTest English Proficiency Test is a set of six general-purpose English proficiency level tests. They provide an assessment of 4 skills- grammar (use of English), reading, listening, and optionally speaking.


TrackTest uses standardised 6 CEFR levels (A1 to C2). Results and language certificates are available immediately after the completion of the level tests. Evaluation of the optional English speaking test is delivered 6 days after the test completion.
The English certificate has lifetime validity.

Time and place:

TrackTest level tests take usually up to 45 minutes, extra 10 minutes with the Speaking test.

It is delivered online. It can be taken anywhere (unless the assessing institution requires your on-site presence).


TrackTest access to all English proficiency level tests costs 8 EUR/year. During 12 months, you may repeat the same level multiple times after 30 days for free. Price for optional assessment of English speaking skills is 12 EUR.
See what else is included in the licence price.


IELTS and TrackTest side-by-side comparison:

IELTS TrackTest English Test
Scale/grading 9-band scale, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9) Six CEFR levels, from A1 to C2
Assessed skills Reading, Writing, Speaking Grammar, Reading, Listening (+optional Speaking)
Duration of the test 2 hours 45 minutes 45 minutes (+optional Speaking 10 min)
Results available After 13 days Immediately (the Speaking test after 6 days).
Validity of the English certificate 2 years Unlimited
Price Aprox. 190 EUR 8 EUR/year (+12EUR for the Speaking test)

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