Developed by some of the world’s best language assessment experts and professional bodies, IELTS is internationally recognised as one of the leading English language proficiency tests.

IELTS provides an accurate assessment of a test taker’s English-speaking ability and tests all four key English language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Become a recognising organisation and let IELTS help you find the right people for your business or institution.

Internationally recognised

More than 12,000 organisations worldwide recognise IELTS, including some of the world’s most prestigious establishments:

  • educational institutions 
  • governments
  • professional bodies
  • commercial organisations.

Recognising organisations are listed on our global database and over 3.5 million test takers search the database every year. This means that by accepting IELTS, you gain exposure to millions of applicants around the world.

Find out for yourself: Who accepts IELTS?

Easy to administer

IELTS offers two types of test:

  • IELTS Academic - measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment.
  • IELTS General Training - measures a test taker’s proficiency in a practical, everyday context.

Both tests measure English language ability to the same high standards.

Having two versions of IELTS allows you to quickly identify applicants with the English-speaking skills most relevant to your organisation’s needs.  

Scores you can trust

With over 30 years’ experience in English language testing, you can be confident that IELTS results accurately convey a test taker's ability.

IELTS is jointly owned by global leaders in English language teaching and assessments: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

Examiners are fully qualified, trained and certified English language specialists and testing is measured against international benchmarks.

Discover how to become a recognising organisation.

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