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Overview and Intro

The International English Language Testing System is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

Scoring System

The IELTS scores on a 9-band scale. You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

Minimum Acceptable Score

Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

Acceptable World-wide

IELTS scores are accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. IELTS is designed by experts to fairly assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

Availability of Seats

IELTS tests are offered up to four times a month in over 900 test venues in more than 130 countries. The cost of taking the test is set locally and payable in the local currency, making registration convenient. Results are issued 13 calendar days after the test. Official IELTS test centers can send Test Report Forms directly to your organization or institution (provided it has been nominated), either by mail or as an electronic download.

Documents Required

Test takers in Nigeria will need a valid international passport as an identifying document on the day of the exam.

Advised Preparatory Time

Four weeks of good preparation is recommended for the IELTS examination in order to achieve very good scores.

Exam Locations in Nigeria

Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan, Benin City, Enugu

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