What is IELTS?

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2 million tests taken in the last year.
IELTS assesses all of your English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at play, in your new life abroad.

Which version of IELTS is right for you?

Check with the organisations you wish to apply to before you book your test!
There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:
← IELTS Academic
← IELTS General Training
Please note that if you are taking IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes then additional options (and rules) are applicable Make sure you know which one you need before you book your test.

What do you want to do? The version you need
I want to:
← study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
← join a professional organization in an English-speaking country
You should take IELTS Academic
I want to:
← train or study at below degree level
← work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
← emigrate to an English-speaking country
You should take IELTS General Training

Find out which test you need

Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.

Who accepts IELTS?

IELTS is accepted worldwide; find the score you need for your chosen organization.
IELTS is recognised by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including educational institutions, employers, governments, immigration authorities and professional bodies. There are two versions of the IELTS test:
IELTS Academic: this is recommended for candidates who plan to undertake academic study.
IELTS General Training: this is recommended for candidates to use at work, work-related training or for migration.