Why Choose IELTS?

Why Choose IELTS? 

Your IELTS, your choice 
Computer-delivered or paper-based. Academic or General Training. With IELTS, you choose how you take your test. Your IELTS, your choice.

IELTS is the test that puts people first. Conducting 3 million tests in 2017 globally, IELTS is the world's most popular high-stakes English Language test, and we pride ourselves on the personal touch. Your writing, reading and listening tests will be conducted and marked with the utmost integrity, and your individualised speaking test will be conducted privately by a highly-qualified English Language professional.

Internationally accredited for people who wish to work or study in an English-speaking environment, IELTS is recognised in Australia by education institutions, employers, professional organisations and by government agencies such as Centrelink.

There are two types of tests available that consist of listening, speaking, reading and writing components.

1) Academic Test – Institutions of Higher and Further Education

The Academic format is for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

2) General Purpose Test – for school, work or migration

The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia must sit the General Training test.

If you are not sure which test you  need to take, visit the Department of Home Affairs or the IDP Australia website before you apply.

Scoring System

The IELTS nine (9) band score system grades scores consistently. It is secure, benchmarked and understood worldwide. Test materials are designed carefully so that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty.

IELTS Examiners are fully qualified and follow the IELTS standardised testing around the world. IELTS has a quality-controlled system of recruitment, training, benchmarking, certification and monitoring. IELTS markers are regularly monitored and tested every two years to retain their certification.

For more information please visit the IELTS website or view the official information for candidates booklet.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment

Last reviewed: 15 April, 2019