Find out why IELTS is the world's most popular English test

IELTS uses people power to fairly assess your English
IELTS is the world's most popular English test for work, study and migration. Join a community of more than 3.5 million people each year who choose IELTS to measure their English language skills.
IELTS for studying in an English speaking country
IELTS is recognised as an entrance requirement by most educational institutions, including top universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.
Applicants whose first language is not English must usually provide evidence of their English language proficiency as part of their application to study at the university. Universities and tertiary institutions use IELTS Academic for their entry requirements. Schools, colleges and some vocational institutions use IELTS General Training for their entry requirements.
IELTS for migrating to an English speaking country
IELTS is recognised by many employers and government immigration agencies as proof of the applicants English skills.
Government agencies requiring IELTS include: United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), Australian Government 
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP),
New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
IELTS for professional registration

In most countries where English is the main language of communication, evidence of acceptable English language skills

is a prerequisite for international graduates/applicants seeking

professional registration.  Professional registration bodies around the world trust IELTS as a quality test that has proven to be reliable, consistent and secure for more than 20 years.

Research has also shown that many professional associations prefer the IELTS approach to testing speaking skills using a

face-to-face test.

Quality and fairness

IELTS invests heavily in the continued development of its test and the processes by which scores are marked to ensure a fair assessment for all customers and a reliable result for the organisations that depend on IELTS as a measure of English language skills.


Find our more about the test format

IELTS is unique in that it allows the choice of an Academic or General Training test. Both types of IELTS test measure your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, however, the questions are a little different and one test might suit you more than the other.