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What is IELTS

IELTS, the world’s most popular high stakes English language test.
British Council has been teaching English for more than 85 years and evaluating it through IELTS for over 30 years.

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study and work in, immigrate to and integrate into an English-speaking environment.

General and Academic IELTS

IELTS Academic: If you’re looking to study at a university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.

IELTS General Training: If you’re looking to apply to an immigration program such as Express Entry in order to establish yourself in Canada.

With IELTS, you can go anywhere in Canada. Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.

If you are still in doubt as to which version to take, you should contact the organisations directly in order to check their requirements.

Find out which organizations recognize IELTS here.

IELTS on Computer or Paper

You now have the choice of taking IELTS on paper or on computer in a number of locations.

Computer-delivered IELTS

If you select this option, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face with a trained IELTS Examiner, as we believe it is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills.

Paper-based IELTS

If you select this option, you will answer the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a paper. The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.