The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.
Established in 1989, IELTS has become the most popular high-stakes English-language certificate in the world. There are currently around 1,000 test locations in more than 140 countries, carrying out over two million tests each year. Over 9,000 organizations worldwide accept the certificate as a proof of proficiency in the English language.
Types of IELTS tests
There are currently two versions of the IELTS test: Academic and General Training. These differ in content and address different target groups.
IELTS is accepted worldwide by more than 9,000 institutions, such as universities, corporations, immigration offices and international professional organisations.