Purpose of Test
IELTS is internationally respected and accepted for migration, study, work, and training purposes.
There are two versions of IELTS: IELTS Academic for those applying to higher education, and IELTS General Training for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK.
IELTS is internationally recognised and trusted because of its high quality standards, security, and consistency. There are robust security measures in place, including identification verification of all test takers, to ensure reliability. Examiners are highly trained and qualified, and undergo continuous training and quality control. The test takes place at over 1,200 locations around the world, and treats all test takers fairly and consistently by actively avoiding cultural bias.
The test uses a nine-band scale to assess English language proficiency in listening, reading, writing, and speaking, from Band Score 1 (non-user) to Band Score 9 (expert).
The Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test take place on the same day with no breaks. However, the Speaking part of the test can take place up to a week before or after the other parts of the test.
The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes: Listening 30 minutes, Reading 60 minutes, Writing 60 minutes, and Speaking 11-14 minutes.
For more detailed information on the test format, including the types of task and marking scheme, see here.
Register for your test well in advance, as test dates can fill very quickly.
Contact us as soon as possible (at least 3 months in advance) if you have any special requirements.
Read the Test Day Information and IELTS test terms and conditions on your application form carefully.
Familiarise yourself with the test format.
Carefully check the time and location of your test, and arrive in plenty of time.
Minor test takers
IELTS can be taken from the age of 16.
However, if you are aged 16 or 17 years old on the day of the test, please contact us as we will require permission from your parent or legal guardian to take your photograph and fingerprint on the day of the test. This is an essential part of the identification verification procedure.
If you have a disability or special requirements, such as visual difficulties, hearing or speaking difficulties, or learning difficulties, we may be able to help you take your test.
There are modified versions of the test available, as well as special arrangements which can be put in place. Please contact us at least 3 months before your test to discuss your requirements. Please note that we may ask for medical evidence.