What is IELTS?
What is IELTS?

IELTS, the world’s most popular high stakes English language test.
British Council has been teaching English for more than 85 years and evaluating it through IELTS for over 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: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

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.

Listening

Listening

Reading

Reading

Writing

Writing

Speaking

Speaking

Global Recognition
IELTS – The international English language testing system is the world’s most popular English proficiency test.
over
3M tests taken last year
Recognized by over
10,000 organizations
Administered in over
1,100 locations, in over 140 countries
General Training and Academic
General Training and Academic

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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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.

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:

Test Format

IELTS Test Format

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

Canada
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.

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