The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the main tests used to assess the language proficiency of students from a non-English-speaking background who want to study in an English-speaking country, especially Australia or the UK.
It has four subtests, or sections:
The Reading and Writing Subtests
In the first two sections, reading and writing, students take one of four modules. Which module they take depends on what they hope to study. Modules A, B, and C are for university entrance. People who want to study Math, for example, or Computing, Physics or Engineering take Module A (Physical Sciences). People who want to study Biology, Nursing or Medicine take Module B (Life Sciences). People who want to study Business, Economics, Journalism or Drama take Module C (Humanities). In Australia people who want to study at high school, in TAPE (colleges of Technical and Further Education), in Foundation Studies courses, or at business colleges take the General Training Module. The General Training Module is easier than the other modules, but it is not possible to score above Band 6 on it, nor is it acceptable for university entrance.
The Listening and Speaking Subtests
The second two subtests, listening and speaking, are general and are taken by all students. The listening test takes 30 minutes. The last test is the speaking test. It takes the form of an interview and lasts 11-15 minutes.
This website contains a description of the interview and suggests things that you can do to practice speaking to help prepare for the test. The reading and writing and the listening practice tests in this website have been designed to resemble the format of the IELTS test as closely as possible. They are not, however, real IELTS tests; they simply give practice in the type of question you may have to answer in the real test. For this reason, there is no system of marking or scoring your practice tests in this website, so you cannot use them to assess your band score. These practice tests are to practice your English to help you to do better in the real IELTS test.