IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognized and accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities, and other government agencies. For a list of organizations that accept IELTS scores, visit www.ielts.org/recognition.
Accessible and convenient
IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than 140 countries. Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays. To find out test dates in your area, please contact your nearest IELTS test center. A list of all IELTS test locations worldwide is available at www.ielts.org.
The international test
IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, texts and tasks are sourced from publications from all over the English-speaking world; a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, British etc.) are used in the Listening test; and all standard varieties of English are accepted in test takers' written and spoken responses.
The test that's tried and trusted
IELTS has been developed by some of the world's leading experts in language assessment and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development.
The level of the test
IELTS is designed to assess English language skills across a wide range of levels. There is no such thing as a pass or fail in IELTS. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).
IELTS FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS
Contact details for all IELTS test centers worldwide can be found at www.ielts.org, where you can also download the application form.
Read through all the information you receive with the application form carefully. Complete the paper application form or online registration and submit it to your nearest test center. You will need to enclose the test fee or make the payment online. Make sure you enter the number of your identity document (your passport or national identity card) and attach a clear color photocopy or scanned copy of your identity document to the application form. The identity document must be valid at the time of registration and the same ID document must be presented on the day of the test.
The test center will give you written confirmation of the date and time of the test. Your Speaking test time will be scheduled on the same day as the written tests or on a different day within a 7-day window before or after the written tests. The test center will confirm your Speaking test time.
Your identity will be checked on the day of the test and before the Speaking test. You must present the same identity document that you used when you registered for the test. Your photograph will be taken as an additional security measure, and it will appear on your IELTS Test Report Form. In addition, a finger scan may be taken.
Results will be available 13 days after the test. At some test centers, test takers can collect their results on the 13th day. At other test centers, results are mailed to test takers on the 13th day. Test centers are not permitted to give results out over the phone or by scan or email. A preview of your results is available online 13 days after the test. Results will remain online for 28 days. Please note that the online preview of your results should not be used as an official confirmation of your performance.