IELTS, the world's most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test

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.

Global recognition

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is:

  • The world's most popular English proficiency test, with over 3 million tests taken in the past year.
  • Recognized by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
  • Administered in over 1,100 locations across 140 countries. 

Prepare for IELTS

The British Council offers a variety of preparation options, which you can see on our website. Included are free practice tests and apps to help you prepare for your exam.

Road to IELTS is a comprehensive e-learning and online assessment tool. It is your best possible online preparation & practice resource. 

Free MOOCs are available through FutureLearn. 

Where can you take the test?

The British Council deliver the IELTS exam through independent test centres. Visit our website for information on where these are.

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