IELTS know the score

Two Asian students

Algorithms have changed the world. But can an algorithm measure language skills for academic proficiency? Learning English to this level takes a wide set of skills, and in-depth exposure to the real demands of university life.

That's why we test real-life listening, reading, writing AND speaking, to show you how well students perform when the pressure's on. Our tests include authentic academic content and scenarios, to prove students can engage and thrive at the highest level.

We'll give you the full picture of a student's communication skills, not just a snapshot. And our scoring is clear, meaningful and based on 30 years of expert research, so you can trust students are ready to succeed from day one.

IELTS. Know the score

Fit for Purpose

There's not much skill in memorising vocabulary and recording monologues. Instead, choose authentic academic content and real-life conversations developed by English language assessment experts with 30 years of expertise, ensuring every test is fit for purpose. Our tests are marked by experienced Examiners — giving results that help you choose only the strongest candidates.


Algorithms can't spot a cheat at 100 yards. Instead, we use biometrics to register and verify your applicants, so you can be sure they are who they say they are. Our in-person tests have qualified, trained staff on hand to prevent fraudulent behaviour and cheating too. In addition, we scrutinise all test results before releasing them to you.


Sometimes computer marking just doesn't cut it. Instead, choose clear, rigorous results you can trust — delivered by our qualified, experienced Examiners. You'll get a full picture of your prospective students' academic English ability with equal weighting to all the skills that form the overall score.
  • Trusted by 10,000 organisations like yours around the world, including universities, professional bodies, employers and migration authorities
  • 3.5 million tests taken in the past year in over 140 countries
  • IELTS is the only English language test that is accepted by all of the key immigration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom
  • Choose from two test versions to better meet your needs. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment while the IELTS General Training measures a test taker's proficiency in a practical, everyday context
  • IELTS actively avoids cultural bias in order to ensure all test takers are treated with the utmost fairness. Test questions are relevant to the way people need to use English in their studies or working lives

Check out the video below of IELTS Senior Research Manager, Tony Clark speaking with Amy Baker from the PIE News about his research on international students' progress in an academic English environment. He also discusses his concerns regarding students that don't have the academic language skills to succeed.

PIE Live 2020 Question & Answer Session