Unlock the world with IELTS

IELTS is the world’s most popular language test for emigration and studying abroad. Take IELTS with British Council to help you on your way to the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, with over 1.7 million tests taken last year.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.


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More USA Institutions say yes to IELTS as proof of English language skills.

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To all Nigerian students seeking admission into institutions in the USA, did you know that over 3,000 institutions and programs in the USA accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills? Other reports suggest that IELTS is trusted by the USA’s top 25 universities 2011 and accepted by all Ivy League universities. It is also used by programmes at the top 50 US universities with most international students. Recent statistics show that US top 10 businesses and engineering programmes trust IELTS as a preferred test for English language.

See what US institutions are saying about IELTS

I think IELTS is the best test because Kansas State University uses it!

Kansas State University, Miranda Asebedo

Before deciding to accept the IELTS as an alternative to TOEFL, I sat for the exam myself and can attest to the genuine rigor it represents.

Columbia University, New York James F Minter

We have been accepting IELTS since 2002 and feel it is a valid test of English language proficiency. We are particularly pleased with the speaking component.

University of Minnesota, Dean Tsantir

IELTS worldwide availability make it an attractive option. We are pleased with the response from our international applicants.

UCLA Director Graduate Admissions, Daniel J. Bennett

More people go more places with IELTS with over 7,000 organizations including government, academic and employment institutions around the world recognizing IELTS as a trusted indicator of English skills.

Disclaimer: The British Council and the examining boards take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. We feel sure you will understand, however, that we cannot be held responsible for any interruptions caused by circumstances beyond our control. If examinations or their results are disrupted, cancelled or delayed, every effort will be made to resume normal service as soon as possible. The British Council’s liability will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or retesting at a later date.

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