IELTS for study

IELTS opens doors to international education. Find out all you need to know to plan the next steps of your personal journey. 

Want to live, work or study in the UK?

IELTS is approved by the UK Government for your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. Click on the link below if you have been informed that you must take IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration purposes.

Which version of IELTS do I need?
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If you plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in an English-speaking country, take IELTS Academic, accepted by most of the world’s prestigious academic institutions. Take IELTS General Training if you plan to study or train below undergraduate level.

Which academic institutions accept IELTS?

IELTS is accepted by thousands of US universities, including Ivy League institutions, and most universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Follow the link to find out the scores required by academic institutions, so once your IELTS study and test is completed, your IELTS score can be matched with a chosen institution.

Book a test
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IELTS tests are available up to once a week in over 120 countries. Book online with the British Council and get 30 hours of online preparation materials free of charge. Booking IELTS is an easy process, simply search for your nearest test centre, select your required date and contact the test centre who will give you expert and friendly advice.

Prepare for the test

Preparation is important, and giving quality time to IELTS study will help you in being best prepared for your test. Find out about the IELTS test format, practise using sample IELTS tests, access British Council online IELTS resources, get advice from other candidates and find out about British Council courses.