The IELTS approach is recognised as being fair to all test takers, whatever their nationality, cultural background, gender or special needs. Test takers can feel confident that the IELTS test:
- Provides a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
- Assesses language skills, not specialist knowledge; the topics covered are general enough for all test takers will be able to answer questions on them.
- Is focused on assessing practical communication ability.
- Serves both academic and non-academic purposes through a choice of two versions.
- Features a one-on-one, face-to-face speaking component.
- Recognises all standard varieties of native-speaker English, including North American and British.
- Ensures test questions are extensively trialled with people from different cultures to confirm they are appropriate and fair.