The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 2.9 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

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.

Taking IELTS can help you live, study and work around the world. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 10 000 organisations worldwide, including 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. The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face, and you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. 

You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future. Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS 

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test.
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 1100 test locations in over 140 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options. 
  • Fast results: You will be able to see your results online within just 13 calendar days of the date you take your test.