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Why accept IELTS scores?

More than 2.7 million tests taken in 140 countries – reach out to IELTS test takers and let them know you accept their scores.

A truly global test

  • IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.7 million tests taken last year in 140 countries.
  • The IELTS test is trusted by over 9,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers and migration authorities. Learn more about how IELTS results are used to gain entry into studyprofessional registration and work as well as for migration purposes.
  • 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

The IELTS speaking test is conducted one-on-one with a qualified and trained examiner who interacts with and assesses the test taker’s communicative skills in English. 

IELTS has always included a face-to-face speaking component. The face-to-face format prompts a more realistic performance from test takers, who are not simply responding to recorded cues from a computer. Institutions and employers are therefore better able to identify test takers who can communicate effectively in English. The face-to-face Speaking test format is supported by a substantial body of academic research into test taker language and behaviour.

Find out what’s in the IELTS Speaking paper

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IELTS gives a reliable indication of entry level. Other tests are less satisfactory at providing this.
Lecturer in Academic English and Study Skills, King's College London, UK
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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
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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

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