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After you've sat your IELTS test, you generally get your results within 1-5 days (provided you did the IELTS on computer test). When your Test Centre notifies you that your results are available, you can check them online. You also receive an official IELTS Test Report Form. In this article, we'll give you a list of 5 things you can do with your IELTS results.

1. Use IELTS to get into top international universities

Let's look at number 1 in our list of 5 things you can do with your IELTS results. Having an IELTS score brings many opportunities. You can use your IELTS results to study at a top university in Australia, the UK, the US, Canada or New Zealand! Most renowned universities around the world ask for IELTS as an English language test for the admission of international students. The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Stanford University (and many more) all accept IELTS. We've got a list of the top 10 Universities in Canada that accept IELTS. The score you need depends on which university you’d like to attend.

2. IELTS is great for your international career

Being the world’s most popular English language test, more than 11,500 organisations in 140 countries trust your IELTS results. So, if you want to work for a top multi-national company in the finance/accounting industry for example, like Ernst and Young Australia, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), you can use IELTS. Or, if you want to score a job that’s in high demand in Canada, show them your IELTS results. Even for a job in education or government, a good result on your IELTS certificate can help you achieve your career aspirations.

3. Add IELTS test on LinkedIn (or your resume)

IELTS is globally recognised and is backed by extensive research. So, show off your achievements! Adding it will help your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd. With a complete LinkedIn profile, you’re more likely to be discovered by recruiters. Also, top employers can immediately see the level of English you have achieved. When you add your IELTS score to your profile, it will be posted on your LinkedIn feed, so all your connections can see your achievement.

4. IELTS is the test you need for global mobility

IELTS is the only test approved by four countries: Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand. So, if you want to move to another English-speaking country, the chances are that you need to show evidence of English language proficiency. There are lots of English tests available, but only IELTS is trusted and accepted by all four of the immigration authorities of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. As a result, if you’re thinking about moving, make sure you book an IELTS test. In this way, you can be sure it will be accepted around the world.

5. A high IELTS score opens doors

If you have a high IELTS score, it can open many doors. For example, whether you want to study, live or work in Australia, IELTS is accepted around the country.

More and more businesses require non-native English speaking workers in Australia to prove their English level with an IELTS score. Big international organisations, like banks often require IELTS. For example, Bank Indonesia – the national bank of Indonesia. Or, HSBC Bank in Vietnam. Or the Rabobank in The Netherlands.

Big accounting or consultancy firms also require IELTS for employment. For instance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Australia and China. Also, Ernst and Young Australia and Deloitte.

"I’ll recommend IELTS to not only my friends and family, but to anyone out there who wants to take an English exam as a test of proficiency."- Abdusshakur, from Nigeria

What can you do with your IELTS score?

By taking an IELTS test, you get an official Test Report Form that is recognised and accepted by thousands of institutions around the world. So, what can you do with your IELTS score? Here is a list of some organisations that officially accept your IELTS test score:

  • Government agencies, like immigration authorities

  • Companies

  • Universities

  • Professional organisations

For example, if you are migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, you can use IELTS to show the immigration authorities that you have the required level of English.

Why do Government, Universities and Employers around the world trust and accept IELTS?

IELTS is fair and reliable

IELTS provides a valid, reliable and accurate assessment of the four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Also, IELTS has an easy to use 9-band scale. This scale clearly identifies proficiency levels.

Moreover, IELTS treats all test takers with the utmost fairness and respect. We do this by actively avoiding cultural bias. Additionally, IELTS accepts all standard varieties of native English speakers, including North American, British, Australian and New Zealand English.

This high quality and secure test helps organisations identify people who have an appropriate level of English language proficiency.

IELTS helps select the right people from around the world

We designed IELTS to test the English language abilities of non-native speakers who plan to study or work where English is the language of communication. Moreover, 11,500+ organisations around the world accept IELTS. Additionally, more than 3 million IELTS tests were taken around the world last year!

Organisations that accept IELTS results include:

  • all universities and the vast majority of education providers in Australia, New Zealand and the UK (and most in Canada)

  • more than 3,000 institutions in the US (including Ivy League universities)

  • immigration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK

  • professional registration bodies worldwide, covering areas such as accounting, engineering, law, medicine and nursing

  • a wide range of employers from sectors such as banking and finance, government, construction, energy and natural resources, aviation, health and tourism

  • universities in non-English speaking countries where English is the language of instruction

IELTS is relevant and true to life

The IELTS test consists of questions that are relevant to the way test takers need to use English in their studies or working lives. Furthermore, IELTS has always included a face-to-face Speaking component. Why? Because it prompts the most realistic performance from test takers. Also, the use of the face-to-face Speaking test is supported by a body of current academic research. It's one of the things that set IELTS apart from other English language tests.

IELTS has a choice of two IELTS tests: Academic or General Training

With IELTS, test takers have the option of two tests. The IELTS Academic test measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. However, the tasks and texts are still accessible to all test takers, irrespective of each student's studies to date. As opposed to the Academic test, IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. Here, the tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations.