IELTS – the International English Language Testing System – is the world’s most popular English language test. It is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment and evaluates all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The test reflects how you’ll use English to study, work and live in an English speaking environment. You can take the test at any of our official test centres across the world.

Importance of the IELTS test

IELTS is one of the most trusted English language tests around the world with more than 10,000 organisations recognising it internationally. It is accepted by educational institutions, companies, professional bodies and government organisations in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and 140 more countries around the world.

IELTS is one of the pioneering English language assessments developed by the prestigious University of Cambridge and offered by the British Council. The test has been setting the standard for English language testing and is trusted by countries for both academic and immigration purposes.

Find out which organisations currently accept IELTS.

Know how IELTS test works

The IELTS test assess the English language ability of a candidate by evaluating all the four skills i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The band provides an insight into the language level of the candidate, to succeed in their career or academics in an English-speaking country.

Know how to select the right IELTS test:

There are two IELTS tests – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You need to choose the test based on your requirement.

IELTS Academic – assesses whether your degree of English language proficiency is appropriate for an academic environment. The test reflects aspects of educational language and measures whether you have the required English language ability to study successfully in an English-speaking environment.

IELTS General Training – assesses the candidates English language level to function effectively in everyday situations. The questions in the test relate to both the working environment and social circumstances.

If you are taking the IELTS test to apply for the UK visa for study, work or live there, then you may need to take the IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.

Find out which is the right test for you.

Who owns IELTS?

IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.