IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration

Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 2.5 million tests are taken each year.

Key facts

Band score range: 1–9
Test format: Paper-based
No. of papers: 4
Length: About 2 hours 45 minutes

IELTS is the high-stakes English test for study, migration or work.

IELTS for Study

Accepted as evidence of English proficiency by 10,000 institutions

An IELTS certificate is recognised as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. Some universities in non-English speaking countries require an IELTS score, where courses are taught in English.

IELTS for work

Employers, professional bodies and associations accept IELTS

Organisations around the world rely on IELTS to help them select the right people.

IELTS for migration

Accepted for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, as well as for study and work in the USA.

Each country sets its own IELTS requirements. For up-to-date information, please visit the relevant government websites.

Canada

If you are applying for a work visa, professional recognition or for permanent residency in Canada, it is likely that you will be required to present evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS General Training is the only internationally available English proficiency test accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration to Canada.

New Zealand

The New Zealand government asks for IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency for many visas, including those within the Skilled Migrant, Investor and Entrepreneur, Residence from Work and Parent categories.

UK

Evidence of English language ability is a requirement for those applying to settle permanently in the UK (also known as applying for ‘leave to remain’ or ‘long residence’).

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