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Integrating the four aspects of English proficiency, IELTS tests reading, writing, listening and speaking. It’s only in IELTS that candidates undertake a personal one-on-one speaking test with an examiner. ‘There are a number of reasons why so many government departments, educational institutions and professional organisations recognise the IELTS test, however it’s reliability and quality that demonstrate the system’s superiority,’ explains Mr Belleville. Close to 6000 organisations and faculties worldwide recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS for study, professional registration and migration An IELTS band score is a mandatory pre-requisite to apply for a Section 457 Visa in Australia and a variety of other associations require an IELTS band score before consideration is given. For example, the Australian Medical Council requires overseas applicants to provide an IELTS band score for acceptance of membership into the Council. Close to 6000 organisations and faculties worldwide recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. Jointly owned and managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), IELTS testing is available at more than 500 locations in 121 countries. With IELTS, candidates have a choice between the Academic and General Training modules in the reading and writing components. The Academic reading and writing modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these modules. The General Training reading and writing modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia. A score to help you study in Australia All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible score). The candidate receives a score for each test and an overall score. An average score of 6.5 is deemed to demonstrate sufficient understanding of the English language for overseas students to study at most universities. Most candidates tend to score between 4.5 and 6.5. ‘An IELTS score can help candidates study in Australia and experience our unique way of life and outstanding education facilities,’ Mr Bellville says. ‘Combining our network of testing centres, the demonstrated quality and recognition of the IELTS test and the reliability of our globally developed content, candidates can see why IELTS really is the world’s proven English language test,’ Mr Belleville concludes. Accountant, Juan Rodrigo Robles, says: ‘IELTS changed my life in ways I could have never imagined. I still remember when the idea of migrating to Australia was a wild dream. Now, I am the wild one! I have a great accounting job, lots of new friends, and my family enjoys every inch of Brisbane!’ ¦ To take the next step to study in Australia, visit www.ielts.org. To fi nd out more about IELTS, to fi nd your nearest test centre and to fi nd out which organisation will recognise your IELTS score. Left: An IELTS test can put you on the path to studying in Australia. Previous page: IELTS opens the door to studying or working in Australia. Image courtesy of South Australian Tourism. 94 APPLICATIONS AND VISAS
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