UNIT I IELTS – AN INTRODUCTION
What is IELTS ?
It is the International English Language Testing System. It is a standardised test of proficiency in English.
What does it test ?
It tests the four basic skills of English, namely Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing (LSRW)
The Purpose
It is is designed to assess the language skills of non-native speakers of English seeking to study or work in an English speaking country.
Who owns it ?
The test is jointly owned by the British Council, University of Cambridge, IDP and IELTS Australia.
THE TWO VERSIONS IN IELTS
The General Training Module – The General Training version is meant for students seeking entry into a secondary school or vocational training courses. The General Training Module is also designed to assess the language skills of non-native speakers of English seeking to work in an English speaking country.
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The Academic Module – The Academic version is meant for students seeking entry to a university or institution of higher education offering degree and diploma courses. It is also essential for people who seek professional registration in an English speaking country.

The candidates have to take the same Listening and Speaking Modules for either of the tests