IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.
You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on
whether you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts –
Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale.
To help you prepare, IELTS provides test samples and Official IELTS Practice Materials.
The test covers the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. You are not limited in how many times you can sit the test.
Who accepts IELTS?
IELTS is the world’s proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organisations in over 135 countries.
; Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
; Government departments and agencies
; Professional and industry bodies
; Multinational companies and employers
The IELTS Global Recognition System can tell you exactly which organisations accept IELTS and the scores they require.
How do I register?
To register for an IELTS test, follow these seven simple steps. You can also download the Information for candidates booklet (PDF, 935KB).
1. Find your nearest IELTS centre and check the test dates to find two options that suit you. Note the deadline for registering for each test date. You can also see the cost of the test at your centre in local currency on the IELTS Worldwide Search
2. Check with your organisation or on the Global Recognition System whether you need to
sit an Academic or General Training test.
3. Print out the IELTS Application Form (PDF, 273KB) or ask your test centre for a copy. Read the information for candidates, terms and conditions, complete the form and sign it. Please make sure you have a valid postal address and use the same name as on your passport.
In some centres, candidates may be able to register for the test online. Please refer to the test centre's website for further information.
4. Organise two passport-sized photographs, less than six months old, and sign the back of each. Please note, you must not wear glasses in the photographs you submit for IELTS registration.
5. Take a photocopy of your current passport – this must be valid and not expired. (Some
centres will accept a national identity card.)
6. If you want your results to be sent automatically to a university or educational institution, include the correct details in the section on the IELTS Application Form (PDF, 273KB).
7. Take your application into your IELTS test centre with your money. If you send it by mail, please talk to your centre about the method of payment.
Once you have registered, the test centre will confirm your IELTS test date, time and venue. Please note the Speaking test can be up to 7 days before or after the test date.
On the test day, you must bring the same passport or national identity card that you entered on the IELTS Application Form.