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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System


IELTS is the only test you need!  

IELTS opens doors. It allows people to realise opportunities in study, work and migration around the world.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the test that measures all English skills – listening, writing, reading and speaking, so it is trusted and recognised globally.

Over 3.5 million IELTS tests were taken last year, making it the world’s leading international English language test for higher education, global migration and work.

So what makes IELTS so popular? 

Global recognition – for higher education and more 

Over 10,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS scores, including educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies. IELTS scores are accepted as proof of English language skills by almost all higher education institutions in the UK and over 3,400 institutions in the USA.

If you are applying for admission to universities anywhere in the world, IELTS is the English language test to help you get there. And it's recognised for immigration to the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.  

IELTS has a unique Global Recognition System. The huge, searchable database – accessible at – includes minimum IELTS scores universities, colleges, employers and migration authorities in the UK and across the world are looking for. 

Real-life speaking skills

The face-to-face speaking component of the test is attractive to both test takers and institutions. Many students and education institutions prefer IELTS as the face-to-face Speaking test reflects the real-world context in which a test taker would most likely need to use their spoken English. 

Test takers speak to a trained and qualified examiner so the test is realistic and shows the ability to use English in a real conversation. 


It is easy to take an IELTS test. IELTS is available across in over 130 countries and territories worldwide. You can choose from up to four test dates every month. 

Our highly trained test centre staff are there to advise you on test preparation and answer any queries you may have about the test. Test takers can pay their test fee in local currency. Test results are available 13 days after the test and can be sent direct to institutions by post or electronically. 

A wide range of practice materials to help you prepare for the test is available from our test centres, bookshops and online. 

Test results you can trust 

You can trust IELTS to provide a true reflection of your English language skills. IELTS encourages, reflects and respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who takes the test, regardless of nationality, background, gender or lifestyle. International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials and we invest in on-going research to ensure that IELTS remains fair and unbiased – wherever and whenever you sit the test. 

Register for your IELTS test today – the world is waiting!

More information about IELTS including the global list of test centres is available on

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

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