When migrating to Australia from most countries and/or your native language is not english, then you are required to sit for an IELTS exam.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests your English capability.

The test has two versions : Academic and General Training, when my husband and I migrated we opted for the General Training version, as that was the requirement for our visa.

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The IELTS exam comprises of four parts:

  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Speaking (11–14 minutes)

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting.
The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

You may find out more information on the IELTS website