The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognized test to assess your English Knowledge. It is required to prove your English Knowledge upon migrating to an English speaking country for study, work or migration purposes. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA. IELTS is the most popular test for those looking to migrate to these countries. It is globally recognized by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies including 3,400 institutions in the USA. 

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The IELTS test takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. IELTS test has four sections– Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes).  The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted in one sitting. The Speaking test is held on the date you choose during your registration.

There are two IELTS exams per month in Sri Lanka. The exam registration payment is Rs. 50,000 as of September 2022.

There are two types of IELTS:  Academic and General Training. Academic module is required for student visa process and General module is required when migrating for work.

In both Academic General tests, the Listening and Speaking tests are same but Reading and Writing tests are different. 

There are some options for IELTS depending on the requirement.

IELTS General for UKVI and IELTS Academic for UKVI are accepted when migrating to UK.

There are some other options such as PTE (Pearson Test of English) and Dualingo English Test. But the acceptance of other English Tests has to be checked with the University, College or the Employer you are applying to.

Suppose you want to study in the UK or apply for professional registration. In that case, you might need to take an IELTS Academic for the UKVI test. It is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the UK home office for visa applications to the United Kingdom.
The Academic for UKVI test is the same as the Academic test in terms of content, format, scoring and difficulty level. However, the UKVI test is only available at test centres that meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office. Your Test Report Form (TRF) will also look slightly different if you take a UKVI IELTS test.

IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and difficulty level. The only difference is the UK Home Office approves an IELTS for the UKVI test for work, study and migration purposes.

UKVI tests are available only in Examination Centres in Colombo & Kandy.

Unex College of Higher Education offers UKVI courses in Sri Lanka.

IELTS General for UKVI (United Kingdom Visa and Immigration) is government approved secure English test for visa and immigration to the UK for work and vocational training purposes. 

As the already known common General IELTS exam, here at UKVI, they check the candidate’s English language skills under four parameters of listening, speaking reading and writing.

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IELTS Life Skills is for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1.

You will get one of two results:

  • Pass
  • Fail.

The level of English competency required to obtain a pass mark at IELTS Life Skills test is equal lent to achieving a score of 4.0 in IELTS test.

No. IELTS does not have a specific syllabus.

There are some vital criteria to check when looking for an ILTS course provider. Read our article on How to find an IELTS course provider on this link.

Well, it depends on your required score level and your current English proficiency. Best way to get an idea about IELTS is by doing a practice test. IELTS score is given out of 9 points. So achieving 6.5 (required for most of the Visa purposes) out of 9.0 is not a big challenge.

Cambridge English exams are known as Junior IELTS exams and have the same exam format. They are recognized by schools, universities, private and public sector employers all over the English-speaking world as an option for IELTS.

Success in a Cambridge English exam provides you with an internationally recognized certificate showing the level you have attained in English. These qualifications are valid for lifetime whereas IELTS results are valid for only 2 years.

FCE and CAE levels of the Cambridge English Exams are equal to achieving up to 6.5 and 8.0 in IELTS respectively.

Minimum age required to sit for an IELTS test is 16 years and there is no maximum age limit.