IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2,9 million IELTS tests are taken each year.
Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 10,000 organisations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions.
IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.
If you are applying for a visa to move to or stay in the UK, IELTS is on the list of approved secure English Language Tests. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration section.
The British Council is a proud co-owner of IELTS.
If you are not sure, please use this link to book your IELTS test.
Find out more about IELTS
Why take IELTS with the British Council?
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a face-to-face speaking test to assess your English language communication skills.
Test dates, fees and locations
Find out when IELTS tests are running in a city near you.
You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.
Courses and resources
Prepare for IELTS with our range of resources.
We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.
Study abroad with IELTS
IELTS is recognised by over 10,000 organisations worldwide and with over 2,9 million tests taken globally in the last year.
Terms and conditions
Read and accept the IELTS test terms and conditions when you register for the test.
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