IELTS, The International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to work or study where English is used as the language of communication.

It is the world’s proven English test and over 2 million candidates take the test each year to start their journeys into international education and employment. Watch video with IELTS ambassador Filip Main

IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

IELTS is now recognised by more than 9, 000 organisations including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments. Furthermore, IELTS is recognised in more than 140 countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA (e.g. over 3,000 US institutions and programmes recognise IELTS). It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

Please refer to a full list of recognising organisations on the IELTS website.

If you are not an EU or EFTA (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) citizen and you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, please read this important information about the IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration purposes.

For further information on the IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration, you can write to the British Council at

More information for candidates: Information for Candidates

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More information about IELTS and preparation materials can be found on Take IELTS website:

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