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IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is run by British Council and IDP to test the English language proficiency of the applicants. This includes students that are preparing for foreign studies as well as professionals who plan to migrate to an English country. The test results are accepted by various universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies in many English countries i.e. Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and so on. For an applicant, it is the proof that shows he/she is capable of talking and holding a conversation in another country independently. It is globally recognized as the standard English test and used for many applications requirements including Student Permit and Permanent Resident applications in Canada. It is divided into 4 parts - Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.
The IELTS scores start from 1 and is out of 9. They are called bands. Your score can be whole (6, 7, 8) and half (6.5, 7.5, 8.5) bands. You are evaluated for each skill (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) and an average band score is calculated. For example, if you score 8, 7.5, 7 & 7.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking respectively, then your overall score will be a 7.5. If you score 7.25 then it will count 7.5, if you score 7.75 then it will count 8.0, and if you score 7.1 then it will count 7.0. In short, basic rounding rules apply and it is rounded to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as described here.
IELTS score of 6.0 for each module is a minimum requirement for most colleges in Canada for diploma programs.
GIC is Guaranteed Investment Certificate, a Canadian investment which offers guaranteed rate of return after a fixed period of time. However, it is preferred for the Study Permit (Student Visa) application process to show as means of finance.