IELTS, the world's most popular high stakes English language test. British Council has been teaching English for more than 85 years and evaluating it through IELTS for over 25 years.
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.
If you're looking to study at a university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite.
If you're looking to apply to an immigration program such as Express Entry in order to establish yourself in Canada.
With IELTS, you can go anywhere in Canada. Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted.
If you are still in doubt as to which version to take, you should contact the organisations directly in order to check their requirements.
IELTS is accepted by over 10,000 organisations in more than 140 countries. These include:
IELTS is designed to assess English language skills at all levels.
You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a scale of 1- 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score.
|Brand Score||Skill Level||Description|
|Brand 9||Expert User||You have a full operational command of the language. 9 user Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.|
|Brand 8||Very Good User||You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.|
|Brand 7||Good User||You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.|
|Brand 6||Competent User||Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.|
|Brand 5||Modest User||You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.|
|Brand 4||Limited User||Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.|
|Brand 3||Extremely Limited User||You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent user breakdowns in communication.|
|Brand 2||Intermittent User||You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.|
|Brand 1||Non-user||You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.|
|Brand 0||Did not attempt the test||You did not answer the questions.|
|Listening||30 Minutes||4 recordings of Increasing difficulty (a conversation between 2 people, a monologue, another conversation and a lecture)|
|Academic Reading||60 Minutes||3 long reading passages — 40 questions Texts range from descriptive to analytical|
|Academic Writing||60 Minutes||Task 1 — graph, chart, table or diagram description; writing at least 150 words Task 2 — an essay; writing at least 250 words|
|General Training Reading||60 Minutes||3 sections — 40 questions Texts and tasks reflect workplace and social situations|
|General Training Writing||60 Minutes||Task 1 — a letter asking for information or explaining a situation; writing at least 150 words Task 2 — a short essay; writing at least 250 words|
|Speaking||11 to 14 minutes||Face-to-face interaction with the examiner 3 parts (an interview, a monologue and a discussion)|
The test for study:
All universities and colleges in Canada accept the IELTS Academic results as evidence of English language proficiency.
The test for professionals:
Professional registration bodies in many fields accept an IELTS result, including accounting, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and teaching.
The test for migration:
The agreement between IELTS and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) applies to a range of work-related visa categories. Under the agreement, IELTS General Training can be used as evidence of English language ability for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. In addition, the test can also be used for other programs such as the Provincial Nominee Program and the Federal Business Programs – as well as for Citizenship purposes.
The test that's fairer to you:
IELTS is the only English language test where the Speaking test is one-on-one with an examiner in a private room where the candidate will not be interrupted by other test takers.