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Introduction to IELTS


Welcome to IELTS
What is IELTS - Test Takers
What is IELTS - Institutions

Welcome to IELTS 

IELTS Is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.

IELTS was one of the pioneers of four-skills English language testing 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. Last year, over 2 million IELTS tests were taken. 

You can rely on IELTS - the test that sets the standard. More than 9.000 organisations trust and recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. 

IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL) - some of the world's leading experts in language assessment. It is offered through over 1000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries and it has an excellent international reputation.

You can see an Introduction video "IELTS in short" here


What is IELTS - Test Takers

1. What is special about IELTS?
IELTS is accepted by more than 9.000 organisations worldwide in over 135 countries, including more than 3.300 institutions and programmes in the USA. These include universities, schools, immigration authorities, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. To search for a recognising institution, use the IELTS Global Recognition System.

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills. 

2. Who is behind IELTS? 
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment - some of the world's leading experts in language assessment. It is offered through over 1000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries and it has an excellent international reputation. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

3. Why are there two versions of the test? 
IELTS has two versions - Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
You will find much more information in the brochure "Information for Candidates"(PDF).

4. What are IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills (for UK visa applications only)? 
In addition to the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests, an IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes is available, and the IELTS LIfe Skills test has been introduced for candidates who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at levels A1 or B1 of the Common Euruopean Framework of Reference. The IELTS Life Skills tests Speaking and Listening skills only.

If you are not an EU or EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) citizen, and you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, please read this important information about the IELTS Test for UK Visas and Immigration purposes. 


What is IELTS - Institutions

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Here you can find more information such as joining the global recognition register, setting test requirements, subscribing to the online Test Report verification service or electronic download of test results (not for candidates).