There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do.

IELTS can help you with a variety of life choices, like moving abroad, getting the job you’ve always wanted or even just improving your English language skills. So before you book your test, be sure to check which one is right for you.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying.

Take this test if you want to: 

  • study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
  • apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
  • work in an English-speaking country for a professional organisation.

Book your IELTS Academic test

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.

Take this test if you would like to:

  • study or train below degree level
  • work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country
  • emigrate to an English-speaking country
  • get another job in your own country.

Book your IELTS General Training test

Depending on your preference, IELTS can now be taken on either paper or computer at a number of locations. Read more about it here.

Looking to work or study in the UK?

If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Academic or General Training or the IELTS for Life Skills test.