• What is the IELTS?

    The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language assessment test for higher education and global migration, with 3 million tests taken in 2019.

  • Where can I take the IELTS?

    You can take it in more than 1,600 test locations in over 140 countries/ territories all over the world.

  • How much does it cost to take the IELTS?

    IELTS test fees vary from country to country. But, the fees are around $250 US.

  • Who owns the IELTS?

    The IELTS is owned by three co-owners: the University of Cambridge, the British Council, and IDP IELTS Australia.

  • Is the IELTS the only English proficiency test?

    No. There are many other English assessment tests such as the TOEFL, PTE Academic, OET, and many others. But, the IELTS is the most popular test and the most widely-accepted one.

  • Are there different versions of the IELTS?

    Yes. There are mainly two versions: the general training version and the academic version.

  • What is the academic version of the IELTS used for?

    It is used by students who aim to study in universities and colleges where the primary means of instruction is English.

  • What is the general training version of the IELTS used for?

    It is taken by the individuals who plan on immigrating and settling in English-speaking countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • When can I take the IELTS?

    The test is available on 48 fixed dates per calendar year and up to four times a month, depending on local demand.

  • What is the passing mark of the IELTS?

    There is no pass or fail in the test. The required score is basically determined by the institution which asked for the IELTS.

  • What is a good IELTS score for immigration?

    Canada and Australia normally ask for a minimum overall score of 6.0, but it is highly recommended to get a minimum of 7.0 and even 8.0 in order to increase your immigration points and supercharge your chances of getting invited by the immigration departments.

  • What is a good IELTS score to get accepted by universities?

    Most universities ask for a minimum overall score of 6.0 to 7.0. That depends on the program you are planning on studying, whether it is a diploma, bachelor's, master's, or PhD.

  • How long do I have to wait to get my results?

    If you take the paper-based test, you will have to wait for 13 days. If you take the computed-delivered test, you might get your results between 5 to 7 days and sometimes even less.

  • How many times can I re-take the test?

    You can take the test for an unlimited number of times.

  • What can I bring into the examination room?

    You are only allowed to bring a pencil, an eraser, a transparent bottle of water, and obviously your ID.

  • How long are the IELTS results valid for?

    They are valid for 2 years only. Some institutions and government bodies, however, accept the certificate even after the passing of the 2 years. You have to check with them to be on the safe side.