IELTS — The International English Language Testing System is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE:A and OPI/OPIc.
ELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world. IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It is also a requirement for immigration to Australia and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS is also accepted by the immigration authority.

IELTS exam structure

Section Duration Tasks
Listening 30 minutes 40
Reading 60 minutes 40
Writing 60 minutes 2
Speaking 11–14 minutes 3
There are 2 types of IELTS tests:
  • General Training IELTS is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training, to gain work experience or to immigrate to New Zealand, Canada or Australia. The tasks check common knowledge and skills in everyday communication situations.
  • Academic IELTS is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals who want to study or practise in an English-speaking country.
Academic IELTS is held 48 times a year and General Training IELTS — 24 times in a year. The structure remains the same in all types of IELTS tests. There are about 900 IELTS test centers in 130 countries all over the world.

Facts about IELTS

Language English
Cost 245–430 USD
Duration 225 minutes
The number of parts 4
The frequency of examination
  • 48 times a year
  • 24 times a year
Exam results assessment time 13 days
Exam certificate validity 2 years
Alternative exam TOEFL, PTE Academic
Place of examination 130 countries
Level A0–C2
University entrance Yes
Job placement No
Min.– Max. points 0–9
  • Academic
  • General Training
Year of establishement 1980
Official site IELTS