Why accept IELTS scores?

If you work in an English-speaking country, use English with international colleagues, or teach courses in English, it is imperative that everyone on your team has a high level of English proficiency.

Not only is it important for the work carried out internally in your organisation, but it is vital for individuals in English-speaking countries to be able to integrate into the community. 

IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. Millions of tests are taken every year in 140 countries, and 11,000 organisations and institutions accept the test as proof of English language proficiency.

Moreover, IELTS is the only English language test that is accepted by all key immigration authorities for visa applications and migration purposes. This includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. 

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IELTS test types

We offer two types of tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The choice offers flexibility for organisations as IELTS Academic is suited to those who will be entering a higher learning environment, whereas IELTS General Training focuses on a test taker’s proficiency in a practical, everyday context.

We test individuals in the right areas, so they best fit the needs of your organisation.

Regardless of which IELTS test individuals take, they will be thoroughly assessed on four key areas which include: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Test fairness

IELTS actively avoids cultural bias to ensure all test takers are treated with the utmost fairness. The test consists of questions that are relevant to the way people use English in their studies or working lives. The topics covered by the test are both interesting and contemporary and are based on an analysis of the ways in which language is used in everyday and academic life.

Face-to-face speaking test

All IELTS formats include a face-to-face peaking test with a qualified and trained Examiner. The Examiner will interact with and assess the test taker’s communicative skills in English. This prompts a more realistic performance from test takers than simply responding to recorded cues from a computer.

We believe this approach to testing allows institutions and employers to be able to better identify test takers who can communicate effectively in English.

All standard varieties of native English are accepted. This includes Australian English, British English, North American English and New Zealand English.

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Find out more about the benefits of accepting IELTS results and how to use the IELTS Results Service.

IELTS gives a reliable indication of entry level English Proficiency. Other tests are less satisfactory at providing this.

Lecturer in Academic English and Study Skills, King's College London, UK

As part of our assessment processes all IELTS reports are verified using the online IELTS results verification site. Access to this site has enabled us to ensure that the IELTS results we receive are genuine.

Julianne O’Brien, Client Manager of the Skilled and Business Migration Program, Australian Capital Territory

We consider an IELTS qualification to be a reliable indication of a student's English language competencies and of their ability to pursue their higher education in English.

Carvi Stucki, Senior Admissions Office, École hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

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Ensuring quality and fairness

An overview of some of the key features of IELTS and how they contribute to reliable, relevant and fair language assessment.

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Test security and integrity

IELTS takes a multi-layered approach to test security, including a variety of measures taken before test day, on test day and after test day. Find out about some of our security measures.

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Support materials for organisations

Our IELTS guides provide an overview of test development, assessment and score processing for educational institutions, professional bodies and employers.