IELTS for study

Over 5.3 million students study abroad every year. Many students study in English-speaking countries, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

Studying in an English-speaking country offers lots of opportunities. It can also allow you to specialise in a particular field or gain employment once you have finished your education.

IELTS is recognised by more than 11,000 organisations, including educational institutes and professional bodies. Some universities in non-English-speaking countries also require an IELTS score for courses taught in English.
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IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is suitable for those wanting to study at an English-speaking university. You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.

IELTS Academic can be taken in a test centre (on paper or on computer) or remotely online. Before booking your test, please check which formats of the test your organisation accepts.

IELTS at a test centre

If you take IELTS at a test centre, you can request to send your IELTS results to a maximum of five organisations free of charge – there is a fee for sending results to additional organisations. You can request for your test centre to send your results to your chosen organisations.

IELTS Online

If you take IELTS Online, you can send your IELTS results to as many organisations as you wish, with no additional fee. IELTS Online results are provided in an electronic format.

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IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those applying to study below degree level. This includes an English-speaking school or college. 

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.

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IELTS for work

Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.

IELTS for work
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IELTS for migration

IELTS is accepted for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

IELTS for migration
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A test of four skills

IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

A test of four skills