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What is IELTS?

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The International English Language Testing System or IELTS (opens an external site) is the world’s most popular English language test for tertiary education, work and global migration. There are more than 900 IELTS test locations worldwide (opens an external site).

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council (opens an external site), IDP: IELTS Australia (opens an external site) and Cambridge English Language Assessment (opens an external site).

The IELTS test gives an accurate indication of your ability in the four fundamental English skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking.

You have a choice of two versions of the IELTS test:

Confirm which version of the test you need to take with your University, Institution, or TAFE, or with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (opens an external site).

More information for IELTS candidates can be found in the IELTS Information for Candidates document (opens an external site) or visit www.ielts.org (opens an external site).

IELTS facts and figures

2.9 million +
number of IELTS tests taken in the past 12 months
10,000 +
number of organisations that accept IELTS results in more than 135 countries
140 +
number of countries where IELTS operates (and tests are available)
1,100 +
number of test centres and locations globally (including 50 in the US)