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IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test for work, study and migration. More than 11,000 organisations trust IELTS as a reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English.

IELTS assesses a test taker’s English language proficiency across four skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Delivered on either a computer or paper, IELTS is the only high-stakes language test recognized for migration across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. With a focus on human conversations, IELTS was a pioneer of four-skills English language testing more than 30 years ago. IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today.

IELTS Test Types

Types of IELTS tests are categorized according to the purpose of taking IELTS

The IELTS Academic test is suitable for those wanting to study in an English-speaking environment or university (higher education). You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes. The test measures if you are ready to begin studying in English. It features vocabulary that is familiar with an academic setting.

The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those applying to study below degree level. This includes an English-speaking school or college. It can also be taken for work experience or other employment training. IELTS General Training is also required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The test features everyday English language skills that you will need in social and workplace environments.

*If your destination for studying or working is UK, you might need to choose IELTS UKVI.
Please check the condition with your organisation or visa agency.

IELTS Test Type

IELTS Test Format

Candidates are tested on all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking, respectively. Everyone takes the same Listening and Speaking tests. However, the IELTS Reading and Writing tests are different in the Academic and General Training tests.

IELTS Test Format

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What does IELTS for UKVI, SELT and CEFR mean?

IELTS for UKVI, sometimes called SELT, is the same  as any other  IELTS  test, but with additional security  measures  required by the UK Government.


The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a  6-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language.


If  you  wish to migrate, study or work in the UK, you may be required to take the IELTS for UKVI test. Use the  UK Government visa check list  to find out whether you need to take an approved test  and  what level you need to achieve. 

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