If you want to settle abroad on permanent immigration, work abroad or to pursue higher education in some foreign university, you have to prove your English proficiency by appearing in the English Language assessment test. There are various English language assessment tests prevalent across the globe and IELTS is one such English proficiency test that is widely accepted in almost all parts of the world.

IELTS is a test of your English language and it assesses you on your English skills in listening, writing, reading and speaking. If you are capable in these skills, it means that you are good enough candidate to study, live or work in a foreign land. But even if you are good at it, you need a valid proof of your English language capabilities. In order to get that validation, IELTS is that tool which procures that valid proof for you. IELTS is one of the most important factors which you think about when stepping outside your home pitch to a foreign land for either education purpose or career purpose or to settle. Every application filed to fulfill your foreign dreams will not be completed without an IELTS score. IELTS is the basic eligibility needed to fulfill the foreign dream.

IELTS is important as it prepares your language to be at par globally where English is the first language. Why IELTS is important? In whichever foreign country you want to apply and for whatever purpose, English is the first language almost in all the first world countries. To be able to understand the language and to be able to communicate well as per the foreign country terminology and norms, you need to have some valid proof which can demonstrate that you are at length with those English language parameters.

IELTS is of two kinds, one is IELTS General and the other is IELTS Academic. You choose between the two, depending on the purpose you are applying for i.e for the career purpose, for higher studies or for immigration purpose to settle abroad. For work and immigration purpose, you need to take IELTS General test which is a generic test of English language to check your proficiency on four different parameters i.e reading, writing, listening and speaking. The format is the same as the IELTS Academic exam but it differs in difficulty level and an average score in IELTS general test will be good enough to make your application process start. On the other hand, if you want to go to a foreign country to pursue higher education like bachelor’s degree course in graduate school or any Master’s degree in a good university, then you have to appear for the IELTS Academic test. You need to achieve high bands in IELTS academic to get admission in the university or graduate school. IELTS academic prepares you extensively for higher education level, improving your understanding of the level that you are able to grasp the level of education in English in the foreign university with much ease. If you are unable to understand the language, you will not be able to follow whatever is being taught to you and you may lag behind. IELTS Academic exam score is needed for admission in more than 10,000 universities. The difference between IELTS general and IELTS academic exam is in the reading and writing section as the difficulty level is higher. Although the listening and speaking sections are the same in both the exams.

Whether you are applying for a work permit in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK or Ireland, to get the entry in each of these countries, you require IELTS General score. IELTS is approved and accepted in all these countries by the employers as your valid proof of English proficiency. Employers could be government bodies, professional offices, etc. The same thing goes for applying for immigration to different countries like Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the UK, etc. you need to have a minimum of 6 bands. For the Canadian Express entry program, you need 6.5 bands to the barest minimum to be able to apply for the immigration to Canada. Their rules are stringent.

Immigration or migration to another county on the basis of permanent residency is based on a point system. These points are based on your educational qualifications like Master’s degree which will fetch you more points than Bachelor’s degree, work experience- more the experience at work the better points it will gather for you, whether you are married or not, qualification of your spouse, IELTS score, etc. One thumb rule which is applicable to every country is, when you are applying for any foreign country for immigration purpose or for permanent residency, the higher your bands will be in IELTS, the better points you will gather. The IELTS score holds immense importance, so it is always advisable to take the IELTS exam on a serious note, prepare really well and try to achieve the best scores as you can.

The student visa for every country does require IELTS Academic score and that too bands higher than 6.5. For student category, application to any university in any country, 6.5 bands are considered to be the average score. Hence it is required to aim for higher bands like 7 or more. Many different countries have different IELTS band eligibility. As many top-notch universities around the world in various foreign countries have basic eligibility criteria of minimum 7 bands in IELTS Academic. Of course, some may have more than 7 while some may relax to 6.5. It’s entirely individual institution’s decision. To be on the safer side you should prepare for the IELTS exam thoroughly and aim for getting higher bands keeping in mind the eligibility criteria. The band range of IELTS exam is between 0 to 9, where 5 bands are considered to be average which will not help you much if you are moving abroad on a study visa but it may still be considered for the immigration purpose. Bands higher than 6.5 are considered to be good for study, work and immigration. It adds a lot of value to your moving abroad application.

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