IELTS (International English Language Testing System)


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills. 

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.“  

Find out more IELTS website 

Our IELTS website features a range of information and support tools. 

What score do I need?

Our global recognition search engine helps you check what score you need for your specific purposes.

News and updates

Find out the latest IELTS news and details of forthcoming activities on our IELTS website. 

Official online preparation course - Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test, you also gain access to 30 hours of free training.

Tailor-made content and services

We offer a customised homepage where you can build a personal profile and access IELTS support according to your needs, level and destination.

For extra preparation advice, you can check out TakeIELTS; and for more information about the test please go to