International English Language Testing System – IELTS is the international standardised exam for English language proficiency and communication skills for students who don't have English as their mother tongue. Established in 1989 and is accepted by most Australian, British, Irish, Canadian and New Zealand institutions and many universities across the United States. The aim of the test is to check listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of appearing students. It has two forms – IELTS Academic for those who are going to study and IELTS General for those who are going for work.
The test has four sections –
1- Listening – 40 questions, 30 minutes
2- Reading – 40 questions, 60 minutes
3- Speaking – 11 to 14 minutes
4- Writing – 150 words, 60 minutes
It is a 2 hour 45 minutes test and is valid for 2 years.