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IELTS – International English Language Testing System



What is the IELTS English Language Proficiency Test?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, taken by over 1.7 million people each year.

The majority of study abroad programs listed on are taught in English and many have a minimum English language requirement for non-native English speaking students. Course entry requirements often quote a minimum IELTS score which prospective students must show evidence of upon application. The British Council have testing centers across the globe. Take the test, prove your ability and start your studies.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English in your new life abroad to study, work, and play.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 7,000 organisations and programs worldwide.

Uniquely, IELTS tests your English conversation skills through a face-to-face speaking test which means that you are assessed by having a conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills. 

Which version of IELTS do I need?

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

Read more here for some guidance as to which version of the test you need, but please confirm this with the school before you book your test. Make sure to check with the organisations you wish to apply to before you book your test.

Are you ready to take the IELTS test?

IELTS Academic

You should take the IELTS Academic test if you want to:

  • Study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
  • Join a professional organization in an English-speaking country

IELTS General Training

You should take the IELTS General Training test if you want to:

  • Train or study below degree level
  • Work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
  • Emigrate to an English-speaking country

Who are the British Council?

The IELTS Test is offered by the British Council. The British Council are an international charity committed to developing a wider knowledge of the English language. Their English teaching and exams help people around the world improve their education and career prospects.

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The British Council have 75 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and can help you reach your goals by connecting people worldwide with learning opportunities.

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