IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, creates worldwide opportunities for test-takers, such as students looking to study in foreign universities and for professionals to seek work around the world. IELTS has an excellent international reputation and is the most widely accepted English language test.
Regardless of whether you choose the paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS, all aspects of the test are tightly monitored, thereby ensuring the integrity of your results.
IELTS test payment
After you have registered for the IELTS test, the British Council will send you an email confirming the first step of the registration. It will include a link to the payment webpage. When you receive the email, please click the link, and make the payment. Once the payment is received and processed, the registration will be confirmed by an email.
Quick link: Click here to see how to interpret your test results.
What is IELTS?+–
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It tests your language ability in the following elements:
You can familiarise yourself with the IELTS test format here.
Why take IELTS?+–
IELTS opens a door of opportunities. More than 10,000 organisations globally trust IELTS, so when you take the test you can be confident that it is recognised by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.
IELTS caters for English language variations across the globe. Each question combination in every release of the test is thoroughly researched and tested. IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today, after having been first developed over 30 years ago.
IELTS gives you the opportunity to have a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation with an examiner and to be assessed based on your true language skills.
IELTS provides a trustworthy, globally standardized, easily interpreted view on your English language competence. Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.
Choose paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS+–
Test takers can choose if they wish to take IELTS as a paper-based or computer-delivered format. You can see the available test dates in the British Council pages. Typically, the paper-based tests are run three times a month on Saturdays, and the computer-delivered tests take place on a weekly basis. You can choose a date that best fits your schedule.
The questions are the same, both tests include the reading, writing, listening and speaking tests. In the paper-based test, test takers write their answers on paper in a classroom of 10-35 people. In the computer-delivered test, test takers get test instructions and type their answers on a computer in a language studio setting with 12 or fewer candidates. The speaking test is the same in both test formats: a one-on-one, face-to-face dialogue with an examiner.
The results of the paper-based tests are available 13 calendar days after the test and 3-5 days after a computer-delivered test.
The recent addition of the computer-delivered IELTS test provides you with more opportunities to take the test, to take the test in a smaller group, and gives you more choice in terms of available test times and dates. For more information, please click here.
Choose the right IELTS test: General Training or Academic+–
There are two standard IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
IELTS Academic – assesses whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying in English.
IELTS General Training – assesses English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.
What are IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills tests?+–
If you are applying for a visa to work, live or study in the UK, you be required to take a need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which is available as Academic or General Training and the IELTS Life Skills tests are both UK government-approved Secure English Language Tests.
An IELTS for UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.
An IELTS Life Skills score can be used to prove your English Listening and Speaking abilities in support of an application for a UK family visa or settlement.
If you are not making a direct application for a UK visa, you do not need to take IELTS for UKVI.
When to choose IELTS for UKVI+–
All international students require a visa from the UK Home Office to study in the UK from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards
The UK requires a proof of a UK Home Office approved SELT (Secure English Language Test) result as part of every student visa, with only one exception:
- some higher education learning providers with a track record of compliance, also called “accredited providers” are allowed to self-assess their degree-level applicants’ language ability
- these providers will continue to use different methods and tests for this. The methods include Cambridge English exams, “regular” IELTS, International Baccalaureate and many others
- the providers will include the approval of this pre-assessment in the unconditional offer to the student. In this case, the student/visa applicant does not need to take a SELT test.
Always ask the university you are applying to which tests are accepted as part of the application process. This information cannot be provided by your IELTS test centre.
For more information, please see here
Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) – IELTS test+–
Please read through the Finnbrit terms and conditions document carefully here prior to purchasing the IELTS test. It includes important information about cancellations, transfers, absences, refunds, complaints and how to request remarking of your test.
Click here to see videos introducing the computer-delivered IELTS format in more detail.