Discover why IELTS is the perfect choice for your academic or immigration goals​

IELTS is trusted by thousands of people and organizations around the world, making it widely accepted in Canada by 850+ academic organisations and recognized by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for several immigration programs, including Permanent Residency programs and Canadian citizenship.​

World’s most trusted English test for immigration and education​.

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The world’s first choice​

The first version of the test was launched in 1980 and it consolidated in 1989. Its wide recognition and long trajectory, makes it reliable for learners, migrants, and organisations as English Language proficiency evaluation.

The world’s first choice​

IELTS exam is accepted by 12,000 institutions in over 150 countries. In Canada, mor than 850 academic organisations accept it as certification of English Proficiency requirements for admission.

The world’s first choice​

We support our test takers to approach the test with confidence and achieve their desired scores with a very easy to access vast set of exclusive materials like IELTS Ready, Practice tests, IELTS Personal counselling, Online tutoring.​

Which IELTS test to take according to your immigration purpose?

IELTS Academic test is the one you need if you want to undergo higher education studies in Canada. If you want to work or apply to Permanent Residency, IELTS General Training test is the one you should take.

IELTS on paper

IELTS on paper is the standard test format in Canada, where the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be completed on paper and the Speaking section will be led face-to-face with a trained British Council expert IELTS examiner at your chosen test centre.

IELTS on computer

You can attend an official IELTS test centre and sit your test on a computer. Questions for the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are shown on the screen and you enter your answers on the computer. The Speaking section will be led face-to-face with a trained British Council expert IELTS examiner at your chosen test centre.

Its easy to get started!, with more than 150 venues in over 50 cities across Canada you can find availability dates all week, throughout the entire year. This provides the flexibility you need to choose a convenient time for either IELTS on paper or IELTS on computer test format and the One Skill Retake option.​

IELTS test, the best language proficiency test for Canadian purposes​

If you want to stay in Canada, you need to demonstrate that your English language skills meet the requirements set by IRCC. For this reason, IELTS from the British Council is a solid and reliable option in your application process for Canadian immigration.

IELTS exam is the one with the most trajectory and is recognized in more countries, which is why it is highly trusted around the world.

  IELTS from British Council CELPIP​ PTE​
  • 30 minutes
  • ​You will listen 4 recordings of everyday situations and academic contexts.​
  • 47 to 55 minutes
  • ​6 sections where you will have to answer according to based on work and everyday situations questions.​​
  • 30 minutes
  • ​You will listen 5 conversations and answer different types of questions.​
  • 60 minutes​
  • 40 questions​
  • 3 sections with academic and general texts, interpretation, and analysis.​
  • 55 to 60 minutes​
  • 4 sections where you will read and understand different texts related to work and daily life.​
  • 30 minutes
  • You will read 5 comprehension texts with focusing on information and argumentation.​
  • 60 minutes​
  • 2 assignments where you will have to write academic or general essays.​
  • 53 to 60 minutes​
  • 2 tasks where you will write an email and respond survey questions.​
  • 50 minutes
  • You will find different types of personal presentation questions, reading aloud, repeating sentences, writing an e-mail and questions based on images and graphs.​
  • 11 to 14 minutes​
  • 3 sections where you will have to answer questions about yourself, and a topic chosen by the examiner.​
  • 15 to 20 minutes​
  • 8 tasks such as diving advice, talking about a personal experience, and making predictions, among others.
  • Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.​
  • Between 3 and 3.5 hours depending on the version.​
  • Approximately 3 hours.​
  • 3 to 6 Business days​
  • For IELTS on Computer and for IELTS on paper, up to 13 days.
  • Available in 8 business days.​
  • Available in 5 days.​
  • 1980 – accepted by 12,000 institutions in over 150 countries ​
  • 2002​
  • 2009 – Accepted by over 3,300 institutions worldwide.​

Ready to pursue your dream to stay and live in Canada by taking the IELTS test with the British Council?
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