There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. Over 3 million IELTS tests are taken each year.
Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 10,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all the countries that require one.
The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills.
Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.
There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test center will advise.
ielts and the common european framework
IELTS score range
2.5 - 3.5
4.0 - 5.0
5.5 - 6.5
8.5 - 9.0
IELTS is recognised by the Council of Europe.
‘IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council: IELTS Cambridge Assessment English’.