What is IELTS?

IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test. It has been designed to help you study, work or migrate to a country where English is the native language. This includes countries such as Australia, Canada, England etc.

There are two IELTS tests, depending on your needs: IELTS Academic (suitable for entry into educational institutions), and IELTS General Training (suitable for work and migration). Both tests are scaled up to 9.0, and have four parts: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Why study English in Australia?

1. Great Quality

The Australian education system is well-known for its teaching quality, with most of the institutes recognised worldwide. Students can experience a different education system and they will learn various tips that will help enhance their English language skills. Moreover, an IELTS score can lead to becoming eligible to take college and university courses, including subjects and majors that may not be taught in their countries.


2. Improve English faster

Studying English while living among native speakers is a fast and easy way to improve your language skills. Even when you’re not in class, you’ll still need to use English every day in a variety of real-life situations.


3. Meet new people and network

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world. This has brought many students from different nationalities to study in this country. Studying in Australia will be a great opportunity for international students to make local and international friends with whom they can practise their English.


4. Work part-time while you study

In Australia, students can legally work for 20 hours per week on a Student Visa. This will help them earn some extra money to help with living expenses, and to finance their social life. During their free time, Australia has many famous tourist attractions to visit, and lots of bars and restaurants to enjoy.


5. Flexible starting time and test modules

Students can choose when to start (new intake every Monday) and the duration of the IELTS course. They can also choose whether they want to take the paper-based IELTS test or do the test on a computer.

IELTS score scale

Band score Skill level Description
9 Expert user The test taker has fully operational command of the language. Their use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and shows complete understanding.
8 Very good user The test taker has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. They may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. They handle complex and detailed argumentation well.
7 Good user The test taker has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. They generally handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user The test taker has an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. They can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user The test taker has a partial command of the language and copes with overall meaning in most situations, although they are likely to make many mistakes. They should be able to handle basic communication in their own field.
4 Limited user The test taker’s basic competence is limited to familiar situations. They frequently show problems in understanding and expression. They are not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user> The test taker conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.
2 Intermittent user The test taker has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non-user The test taker has no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test The test taker did not answer the questions.

IELTS Test Fee

AU$375 each time you take the full test.

IELTS Course Fee

The course costs $200-400 per week, depending on each institute. Please contact SOL Edu agents for more information.

Entry Requirements

Some institutes require an IELTS score whereas some require students to take a placement test.

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