What is the IELTS test?

IELTS, the world’s most widely recognized English language test, offers a gateway to global opportunities. It assesses the language proficiency of individuals aiming to study, work, or integrate into an English-speaking environment.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is developed by leading experts, evaluating candidates on four crucial language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Discover the world of possibilities with IELTS. Whether it’s higher education, career advancement, or migration, IELTS is your key to a world of opportunities. Ready to take the test or learn more? Explore your IELTS journey today!

British Council has been teaching English for more than 85 years and evaluating it through IELTS for over 30 years.

IELTS General Training & Academic

IELTS Academic:

IELTS Academic is for if you’re looking to study at a university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.

IELTS General Training:

IELTS General Training is for if you’re looking to apply to an immigration program such as Express Entry in order to establish yourself in Canada. With IELTS, you can go anywhere in Canada. Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted. If you are still in doubt as to which version to take, you should contact the organisations directly in order to check their requirements. For more information on IELTS please download: Which organisations accept IELTS

Choose your preferred test-taking method with us

At the British Council, we recognize the significance of achieving your best results. We provide two different test-taking methods: IELTS on computer or IELTS on paper. Both formats maintain the same high standards, ensuring equal opportunities for success. Choose the format that best aligns with your comfort and preference.

IELTS on paper

Locate your nearest IELTS test centre and opt for the paper-based test if you have a preference for expressing your answers by hand. We welcome you to experience the traditional approach at a centre convenient for you

IELTS on computer

Opt for the convenience of taking your test on a computer at an IELTS test centre. Experience the modern approach to testing in a comfortable and digitally equipped environment.

Scores of the IELTS exam​

You cannot fail the test

IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels. You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can find English language capabilities corresponding to each score here.

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Recognised by over 11,000 organisations worldwide

IELTS is recognised by over 11,000 organisations worldwide, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies. You can find out the IELTS score you need to access the education, emigration, employment, professional registration or training opportunity of your choice by searching here.

Improve your IELTS preparation from home with different resources

Prepare for the IELTS exam efficiently from the comfort of your home with different resources:

  • Personalized online tutoring:

Elevate your skills with personalized IELTS tutoring online. Benefit from expert guidance and designed learning strategies.

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  • Interactive webinars:

Engage in webinars focusing on specific modules of the IELTS test. Participate in interactive sessions led by seasoned instructors.

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  • Practical test simulations:

Enhance your skills by attempting practical test simulations. Experience the exam format with timed practice tests and receive immediate feedback.

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IELTS for Immigration

IELTS was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for immigration and citizenship programs.

Get informed with our IELTS brochure​

Download our comprehensive IELTS guide for all you need to know about the test.

Accepted and Trusted in Canada

IELTS is Canada’s preferred high stakes English language test in Canada. Trusted by over 700 Canadian organisations, it was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English language proficiency for such government programs as Express Entry and other Canadian programs.

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