IELTS test types

IELTS has two types: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Both tests assess your English language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Read below to find out more information on each test.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.

The test measures if you are ready to begin studying in English. It features vocabulary that is familiar within an academic setting.

See the test format

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. It can also be taken for work experience or other employment training.

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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Which IELTS test type is right for me?

If you want to move to an English-speaking country to study, then you should take the IELTS Academic test.

For work or immigration, the IELTS General Training test is recommended.

Please check the entry requirements of your organisation before choosing your test.

Learn more about the test

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

How do I register?

You can sit an IELTS test in more than 1,600 locations across the world. Find out how and where you can book your IELTS test.

How Do I Register

IELTS for study

Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.

IELTS for study