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Why accept IELTS scores?

IELTS is the world's most popular high-stakes English language test for higher education and global migration, with 3.5 million tests taken in the past year in over 140 countries.

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Help millions of existing and prospective test takers to view your organisation's IELTS score requirements. Register your details to appear on our 'Who accepts IELTS?' tool.

A truly global test 

  • The IELTS test is trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers and migration authorities. Learn more about how IELTS results are used to gain entry into study, professional registration and work as well as for migration purposes.

  • 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, for visa applications and migration purposes: 
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Immigration New Zealand, and 
  • UK Visas and Immigration all trust IELTS as a true and reliable measure of English proficiency.

  • IELTS offers you a choice of 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. The IELTS test consists of questions that are relevant to the way people need to use English in their studies or working lives. The topics covered by the test are both interesting and contemporary, and are based on an analysis of the ways in which language is used in the 'real world'.

  • All standard varieties of native-speaker English, including North American, British, Australian and New Zealand English are accepted.

Face-to-face speaking test

IELTS includes a face-to-face speaking test with a qualified and trained examiner who interacts with and assesses the test taker’s communicative skills in English.  This prompts a more realistic performance from test takers than simply responding to recorded cues from a computer. Institutions and employers can, therefore, better be able to identify test takers who can communicate effectively in English.  

Find out what’s in the IELTS Speaking paper

IELTS gives a reliable indication of entry level English Proficiency. Other tests are less satisfactory at providing this.

Lecturer in Academic English and Study Skills, King's College London, UK

As part of our assessment processes all IELTS reports are verified using the online IELTS results verification site. Access to this site has enabled us to ensure that the IELTS results we receive are genuine.

Julianne O’Brien, Client Manager of the Skilled and Business Migration Program, Australian Capital Territory

We consider an IELTS qualification to be a reliable indication of a student's English language competencies and of their ability to pursue their higher education in English.

Carvi Stucki, Senior Admissions Office, École hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

Trust the test

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.

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Test security and integrity

IELTS takes a multi-layered approach to test security, including a variety of measures taken before test day, on test day and after test day. Find out about some of our security measures.

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Support materials for organisations

Our IELTS guides provide an overview of test development, assessment and score processing for educational institutions, professional bodies and employers.