The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-users (band 1) through to expert (band 9).

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to work or study where English is used as the language of communication. Universities and other institutions usually ask for an assessment of the applicant's level of English before they offer admission to a course where the medium
of instruction is English. IELTS is accepted by educational institutions in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, European Community, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and more than 450 universities in the United States. It is an indispensable requirement to emigrate to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

IELTS is managed by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and IDP: IELTS Australia.

The Department of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy at the University of the West Indies Mona, Kingston Jamaica is a
British Council IELTS test centre.

The IELTS Centre office hours are:

· Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The telephone numbers are:

876-977-0887; 876-970-6793; 876-476-7092