- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to work or study in countries where English is the primary language of communication
- IELTS scores are accepted by more than 9,000 recognising organisations and delivered in 1000+ locations worldwide
- In the last year over 3,000,000 people took the IELTS Test
- IELTS is available in two modules, Academic or General Training. You must decide prior to applying which module is best for you as we cannot advise you on which module you should take. Please note that the General Training module is not offered on all test dates.
- The Academic module generally is for people who want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course or who wish to register with a professional body
- The General Training module focuses on basic survival skills in a broader social and educational setting. General Training is gernerally suitable if you are joining a training programme or doing work experience in English-speaking countries, but is not designed for degree level. This module may be suitable for those wishing to emigrate to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
*Please note that this is just a guide. Candidates must check which module is suitable for them with the institution, government agent, professional body or employer concerned.
The following text is taken from the British Council's website:
"The UK government has announced important changes to language testing for visa applications, reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered."
"IELTS has been approved as a SELT (Secure English Language Test) for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English from 6 April 2015."
"IELTS tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government. When a test is booked, the customer must specify what the test is for and ensure that the centre is authorised to run tests for this purpose."
If you do not need to take IELTS for visa purposes you can take the regular IELTS test at any test centre.
If you want to take IELTS for UK visa purposes and you need to prove your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at B1 level or above, you may need to take your IELTS test at an IELTS SELT centre.
If you want to take IELTS for UK visa purposes and you need to prove your speaking and listening skills only to A1 or B1 level, you will need to take the new IELTS Life Skills test at a SELT centre. Please click here for more information.
UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT on IELTS.org 19th March 2015
"Degree students for UK unaffected by UKVI changes. Tier 4 UK student visa rules remain unchanged"
When applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at most UK universities and colleges, different arrangements may apply – you should contact the institution you wish to apply to for more information.
For more information on the UK visas and immigration, please click here
For more up to date information on IELTS for UK visas, please visit the British Council's website.