IELTS is internationally available, internationally
accessible, internationally recognised and internationally
Candidates can sit the test at one of over 800 centres and
locations in over 135 countries. Tests are held on fixed dates
throughout the year in the same examination conditions across the
The test has four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
It assesses the candidate’s ability to use English in real-life
situations. There are two formats – Academic (for university and
tertiary education) and General Training.
Tests are marked rigorously and consistently. Results are scored on
a unique 9-band system from 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert). IELTS
scores have a recommended validity period of two years.
For more details on the test, download the Guide
for Institutions and Organisations (PDF, 598KB).
IELTS provides an
analysis of test data for each year. It also has
information on how IELTS compares to other tests in the
Common European Framework.
For detailed explanations of the separate parts of the test, see
section. For more information on research undertaken
or commissioned by IELTS, see the Researchers
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organisations accepting IELTS
IELTS Scores Explained
Analysis of 2011 results