The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is jointly owned and run by four organizations: the British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. It is accepted not only by universities and corporations but by the immigration departments of several countries. There are two basic forms of the test—Academic and General. Both use the same Listening and Speaking sections, but they have different versions of the Reading and Writing Tests. The Academic Test, like the TOEFL, is for people who want to study at universities or colleges in English-speaking countries. The General Training Test is for employment, immigration, or high school purposes. IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. IELTS can be taken Paper or Computer based. IELTS scores are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). IELTS tests are valid for two years following the test date.

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