What is IELTS?

The International English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in 2017.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills—reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment, and is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is recognised by schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is an internationally recognized language test designed to assess the language ability of test takers who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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For additional IELTS information, please read the IELTS Information for Candidates (pdf) booklet and IELTS General Brochure (pdf).