IELTS – International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System and is the world’s most popular English proficiency test. It is a test that measures the language ability of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS is a valid and reliable measure of your ability to communicate in English for education, immigration, emigration and accreditation purposes.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.  To find out more about the IELTS test visit

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When you book an IELTS test with us, you also receive an exclusive and free access to an online preparation course: 'Road to IELTS Last Minute' by the British Council, which includes 100 interactive activities, 9 video tutorials and two IELTS Academic practice tests for each of the four skills.

We have other resources available from the British Council:

Sign up here to get access to our IELTS Study Pack! This includes a series of webinar recordings to guide you through each stage of preparing for the test, detailed Study Plans for Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening, and practice tests to check your test readiness. 

IELTS Progress Check - an official test with a feedback report

Free mobile IELTS apps

Other preparation courses