International English Language Testing System, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency. There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version. It is accepted by most Australian, British, American, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand, South African academic institutions, and various professional organisations. No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all candidates with a score from 1 (no knowledge) to 9 (expert user) and each institution sets a different threshold. Institutions are advised not to consider valid a report older than two years, unless the user proves that he has worked to maintain his level.
The Test Of English as a Foreign Language evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting for non-native speakers wishing to study at American universities. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and the minimum TOEFL iBT scores range from 61 (Bowling Green State University) to 100 (MIT, Columbia, Harvard).
Business English Certificates assesses language skills to operate in English in an international business environment and is suitable for both professionals who use English in the workplace and Business English students. BEC is recognised by employers and educational institutions worldwide.