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IELTS is short for the International English language testing system and is a recognized form of language testing for immigration, work or study purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore. In the case of the first three countries, in order to immigrate, work or study there, you need to take an IELTS test. The actual IELTS test is divided into two separate categories- Academic, and General training. If you wish to live or work in Australia, Canada or New Zealand, you do need to take a General Training IELTS test, before your visa is approved. The academic IELTS test is for those people who want to study in a University or work in a specialized profession.