The primary importance of IELTS – as it is perceived these days – has been mentioned by many on various forums. So I won’t refer to them in my post.
A significance usually ignored by the general public is the fact that it is a wonderful way to develop your own English proficiency for purposes other than going abroad, either for higher studies or to settle down.
A majority of my students learn IELTS to take the test. Still, the number of those who pursue it to simply develop their overall English skills is on the rise. Most of us know English and can understand what is being said. But suffer from ‘hesitation’, especially when faced by people who converse in the language fluently. Spoken English is woefully inadequate to address this deficiency which, in turn, engenders a deep-seated lack of confidence. In the long term, this can become a debilitating handicap, preventing you from achieving your fullest potential.
Learning IELTS – practicing on all 4 aspects of a language – make for a person’s holistic development. If you listen well, it contributes to your speaking and vice versa. When we attempt Reading, new sentence structures and words/phrases become familiar and then flow from our pen. Finally, when you write well – always relevant and comprehensive, avoiding repetitions, and aiming for precision and clarity – your study projects, office reports and presentations are bound to stand out from the crowd. Confidence develops; personality flowers; you come into your own.
And then, who knows what wonderful things may happen?
So yes, it is good to learn IELTS for 2 reasons – the obvious and the less apparent