IELTS, the world's most popular high stakes English language test.

IELTS, the world’s most popular high stakes English language test.

British Council has been teaching English for 85 years and evaluating it through IELTS for 25 years.

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills:

It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study and work in, immigrate to and integrate into an English-speaking environment.

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Global recognition

IELTS – The International English Language Testing System is:

*  The world’s most popular English proficiency test, with 2.9 million tests taken in 2016.

*  Recognized by over 10 000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

* Administered in over 1 100 locations in over 140 countries.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

There are two versions of the test to meet all the purposes:
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.

For more information on IELTS please download:
IELTS Guide for test takers

Information for candidates
IELTS for immigration

IELTS for immigration

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

IELTS test format

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – in under three hours.

IELTS Scores

IELTS scores

You cannot fail the test. 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, accepted and trusted in Canada.

IELTS, accepted and trusted in Canada

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.