IELTS is owned, developed and delivered through the partnership of the Cambridge ESOL Examinations (English Speakers of Other Languages), British Council, IDP Australia(International Development Program) and IELTS Australia. There are two versions of the IELTS tests that you can do: Academic and General Training. The Academic module of IELTS is for students seeking entry to a university or institution for degree and diploma courses. The General Training Module of IELTS is for students seeking entry to a secondary school or to vocational training courses. General Training Module is also for the candidates who want to apply for the immigration of Australia, New Zealand or United Kingdom. Now progressively more American universities have started accepting valid scores in the IELTS. There are currently more than 300 test centres around the world, in over 120 countries. The first three modules- Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. The Speaking may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, on the same day or up to two days earlier or later.
IELTS is not a test that you can pass or fail.You will need to contact the university you wish to enter to find out the IELTS score they require for entry into your chosen course or the concerned immigration department, in case you taking the IELTS for migration purpose. The test questions and tasks have been designed to reflect the general interests of people from an educated background; therefore you will not be required to have any specialist knowledge about the theme in the test. You will receive a band score for each module – Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, and an overall band score for the test. Your IELTS score is valid for two years.