IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The world's most popular English test for higher education and global migration


Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 3 million tests are taken each year.

For sample questions, support or more information, visit the IELTS website.

Key facts

Band score range: 1–9

Test format: Paper-based

No. of papers: 4

About 2 hours 45 minutes

IELTS enables you to:
  • start your journey into work or study in another country
  • prove your English language skills
  • decide on a module to match your goal – Academic or General Training.
Reasons to choose IELTS:
  • Results are available in 13 calendar days.
  • The test is offered in over 1,200 locations, in more than 140 countries.
  • Over 10,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS as proof of language ability.