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The IELTS Academic test is for you if you plan to study in higher education or if you are seeking professional registration. It will assess whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

The IELTS General Training test will measure your English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. It is appropriate for you if you plan to study in high school or a vocational training program.

Check the English language requirements of different recognising organisations before you book your IELTS test.


What is the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training?

If you plan to migrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, taking an IELTS General Training test makes sense. Or if you are planning on studying in secondary education, or enrolling in vocational training, this might still be the right choice.

But if you plan to study in higher education or want professional registration in an English-speaking country, you might need to take an IELTS Academic test.