International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

What is IELTS?

Quick jump: IELTS and TrackTest compared

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, response length, and scores are the same.

Test results:

IELTS uses a 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 (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 a detailed comparison of IELTS bands with CEFR levels, TOEFL, TOEIC, and Cambridge ESOL)

An official result in the form of a 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:

The price for one IELTS test is 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 and writing


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 and writing test is delivered 6 days after the test completion.
The TrackTest English certificate is valid for a lifetime.

Time and place:

TrackTest level tests usually take up to 45 minutes, extra 20 minutes with the Speaking&Writing test.

It is delivered online. It can be taken from anywhere (unless the assessing institution requires your on-site presence) in two formats- standard or as a verified exam with identity verification and online proctoring.


TrackTest access to all English proficiency level tests costs 10x less. During 12 months, you may repeat the same level multiple times after 30 days.
See what else is included in the licence price.

IELTS and TrackTest side-by-side comparison

IELTSTrackTest English Test
Scale/grading9-band scale, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9)Six CEFR levels, from A1 to C2
Assessed skillsReading, Writing, SpeakingGrammar, Reading, Listening (+optional Speaking and Writing)
Duration of the test2 hours 45 minutes45 minutes (+optional Speaking&Writing 20 min)
Results availableAfter 13 daysImmediately (the Speaking&Writing after 6 days).
Validity of the English certificate2 yearsUnlimited
PriceApprox. 190 EURApprox.10x less

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