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IELTS is the world’s most popular English language assessment test,  with over 140 countries offering the test in over 1,600 locations globally, offering an unrivalled platform to work and study overseas.


What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognised English language test. It is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and evaluates all of your English skills—reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The English language testing exams at the core of IELTS reflect how you’ll use English to study, work and live abroad.

Work, live and study overseas

The IELTS international language test is accepted by more than 12,000 organisations in over 140 countries. Those organisations include governments, academic institutions and employers. In the USA alone, 3,400+ organisations accept the results of IELTS. 

Get where you want to go

In most countries where English is the main language, you’ll need evidence of English language skills to study overseas or apply for jobs abroad. IELTS is a globally accepted international English language test that is widely recognised and accepted as evidence of these skills.

Prove yourself at home

Proving your English language skills with an IELTS test can help you get a better job or a promotion in your home country.

Looking to emigrate?

Your IELTS test results will help you meet your immigration requirements. All immigration authorities that require an English language assessment test will accept IELTS.  

Choose your IELTS journey

From booking your test to getting your results, you can choose British Council for IELTS and select an IELTS route that suits you.