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IELTS, the world's most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test.

The International English language testing system (IELTS) is a test developed by the world’s leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study and work in, immigrate to and integrate into an English-speaking environment.

Global recognition

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is:

  • The world's most popular English proficiency test, with over 3 million tests taken in the past year.
  • Recognized by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
  • Administered in over 1,100 locations across 140 countries. 

Accepted and trusted in Canada

IELTS is Canada's preferred high-stakes English language test. Trusted by over 350 Canadian organizations, it was the first test to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) and Immigration Québec as proof of English language proficiency for such government programs as Express Entry and other Canadian programs. In May 2014, IRCC announced it was renewing its trust in IELTS for another five years. 

The IELTS meets strict criteria for security, reliability, legitimacy and compliance with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). 

Prepare for IELTS

British Council offer test-takers a variery of preparation options. For more information, visit:

If you need last minute preparation then IELTS SOS, our online workshops covering all four skills, will help you maximise your result. Find out more here.

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