IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
Each country sets its own IELTS requirements which we have listed below. Scores requirements will also vary depending on the requirements of your visa, and where you plan to study or work.
IELTS is accepted by the department of Home Affairs for many visa categories, as well as for permanent residency in Australia. It is also a requirement for some Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies.
The minimum IELTS score for Australian immigration is 6.
If you are applying for a work visa, professional recognition or for permanent residency in Canada, it is likely that you will be required to present evidence of English language proficiency.
For Canadian immigration, we advise contacting the organisation for the minimum score as this will differ depending on your circumstances.
Immigration New Zealand asks for IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency for many visas. This includes those within the skilled migrant, investor and entrepreneur, residence from work and parent categories.
The minimum IELTS score for New Zealand immigration is 6.5.
Evidence of English language ability is a requirement for those applying to settle permanently in the UK (also known as applying for 'leave to remain' or 'long residence').
IELTS minimum score requirements for migration to the UK vary from 4 to 7.
IELTS for study
Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.
IELTS for work
Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.
A test of four skills
IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).