International English Language Testing System or IELTS is collectively managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. Its primary purpose is to measure the English language competency of people who wish to work or study in areas where English is used as the dominant means of communication. With an increasing number of people aiming for higher education abroad lately, IELTS has become one of the most popular English language assessment tests taken by study abroad aspirants. It has been reported that a total of 3.5 million tests were taken in the year 2018 alone. IELTS is conducted for people seeking educational and job opportunities in English-speaking countries so that their ability to overcome the linguistic gap and undertake communication efficiently in a foreign country can be assessed. Though IELTS is not compulsory in many foreign universities for admissions, students must remember that not having taken IELTS may lessen their chances of getting a student VISA as the officials would not have proof of their competency in English. Also, one must note that it is the only English Language Test accepted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants who apply for universities both outside and within the UK. IELTS scores are accepted in most of the universities in the UK and Australia, most of the universities in Canada and around 3,400 institutions in the US along with thousands of institutions in other English speaking countries.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/importance-of-ielts