IELTS Academic: If you’re looking to study at a university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
IELTS General Training: If you’re looking to apply to an immigration program such as Express Entry in order to establish yourself in Canada.
With IELTS, you can go anywhere in Canada. Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.
If you are still in doubt as to which version to take, you should contact the organisations directly in order to check their requirements.
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IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels.
You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score.
IELTS was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Immigration Québec as proof of English language proficiency for immigration and citizenship programs. Please find below a list of some of the government programs for which a proof of English is required and the corresponding IELTS versions and scores needed for:
IELTS Test Format
The IELTS test assesses your abilities in all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – in under three hours.
IELTS is Canada’s preferred high stakes English language test in Canada. Trusted by over 350 Canadian organizations, it was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) and Immigration Québec as proof of English language proficiency for such government programs as Express Entry and other Canadian programs. In May 2014, IRCC announced it was renewing its trust in IELTS for another five years.