Every year, IELTS helps millions of people realise their dreams of working, studying or living abroad, or improving their opportunities at home.
The test has been developed by experts to evaluate your English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking – and it’s trusted by organisations all over the world, from universities and immigration bodies to companies.
So the IELTS journey you start here at International House Trust Assessment could take you almost anywhere.
There are two main types of IELTS test:
Tests the English skills you’ll need in a learning environment like a university or college.
IELTS General Training
Tests the everyday language skills that you use at work or while socialising.
Thinking about working or studying in the UK?
Book your test with a British Council Test centre.
You might need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills. Find out which test is right for you.
IELTS is accepted globally
World’s most popular English Language Test
Countries offer the test
Organisations accept IELTS
Organisations in the USA alone
How the test is structured
There are four sections to the test:
You can now take IELTS on paper or on a computer
If you would rather use a computer than writing out your answers on your paper, you can do that in Central London, Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Oxford and Cardiff.
(Oxford and Cardiff offer only IELTS on computer).
When you take IELTS on computer, you take the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections on the same day. You take the Speaking test face-to-face with an IELTS examiner – not on a computer, and you get the test results in 5 days.
When you take IELTS on paper, you take the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections on the same day. You take the Speaking test face-to-face with an IELTS examiner and you get the test results in 13 days.
Everything else is the same whether you write or type your answers – from the questions and test timings to the results format.
Find more information about IELTS on computer test and how it works here.
Find more information about IELTS test format here.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council; IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment.
IH London has several venues across the UK with test dates throughout the year.View locations
IELTS for UK visa info
IELTS has been approved as a SELT (Secure English Language Test) for UK visas.Find out more
Prepare for IELTS
We run a full range of IELTS preparation courses to make sure you get your best result.Prepare for IELTS
Register for an IELTS test
You can register and pay for your IELTS test online, by email, by post, or in person.Book a test
Check IELTS results online
When and how to check your results, certificates and IELTS scores explained.Check results