What is IELTS?

IELTS is an English language test for study, migration or work. Over three million people take our test every year. IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies around the world.

IELTS for study

IELTS is recognized by more than 11,000 education and training providers worldwide.

IELTS for migration

Take IELTS to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

IELTS for work

Organizations around the world rely on IELTS to help them select the right people.

IELTS test types

Ensuring quality and fairness

An overview of some of the key features of IELTS and how they contribute to reliable, relevant and fair language assessment.

Ensuring quality and fairness

IELTS assessment criteria

Learn more about how IELTS is scored and download the band descriptors which describe written and spoken performance at each of the nine IELTS bands.

IELTS scoring in detail

Prepare for the test

Once you are familiar with the IELTS test format, you will need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities.

Prepare for your IELTS test

Find out more about IELTS

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Over 11,000 organizations have chosen IELTS for language skills verification!

Why accept IELTS scores?