IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test to start your journey into international education and employment..
IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 21 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. In 2010 the test was taken a record 1,5 million times.
You can rely on IELTS - the test that sets the standard. More than 6000 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.
What is IELTS - Test Takers
Which organisations accept IELTS?
IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. To search for a recognising institution, use the IELTS Global Recognition System.
Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and offered through over 800 test centres and locations in over 130 countries. International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.
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.
Which version should I take?
If you are in doubt, please contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying, to find out what is required. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the IELTS application form. Test centres will not take responsibility for this choice.
What is the test format and how long will it take?
IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests. You will find much more information in the brochure Information for Candidates (PDF).
What is IELTS - Institutions
You are welcome to contact us for more information on email@example.com and/or look at www.ielts.org/institutions.aspx
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).