IELTS has two types: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Both tests assess your English language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Read below to find out more information on each test.
The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.
The test measures if you are ready to begin studying in English. It features vocabulary that is familiar within an academic setting.
You can choose whether to take IELTS Academic on paper, on computer or online at home or other suitable location.
The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those applying to study below degree level. This includes an English-speaking school or college. It can also be taken for work experience or other employment training.
IELTS General Training is also required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test features everyday English language skills that you will need in social and workplace environments.
IELTS General Training is available to take on paper and on computer only.
If you want to move to an English-speaking country to study, then you should take the IELTS Academic test.
For work or immigration, the IELTS General Training test is recommended.
Please check the entry requirements of your organisation before choosing your test.
A test of four skills
IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
How do I register?
You can sit an IELTS test in more than 1,600 locations across the world. Find out how and where you can book your IELTS test.
IELTS for study
Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.