IELTS can help you with a variety of life choices, like moving abroad, getting the job you’ve always wanted or even just improving your English language skills. So before you book your test, be sure to check which one is right for you.

IELTS Indicator is an online test, that was recently introduced, for students not able to take an IELTS test due to Covid-19 shutdown.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying.

Take this test if you want to: 

  • study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
  • apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
  • work in an English-speaking country for a professional organisation.

Book your IELTS Academic test

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.

Take this test if you would like to:

  • study or train below degree level
  • work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country
  • emigrate to an English-speaking country
  • get another job in your own country.

Book your IELTS General Training test

Depending on your preference, IELTS can now be taken on either paper or computer at a number of locations.Which test should I take?

IELTS Indicator

IELTS Indicator is our new online test that you can use to measure your English language level and keep your educational goal on track during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Looking to work or study in the UK?

If you are taking the IELTS test to support a UK visa application to work, live or study in the UK, you may need to take the IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Academic or General Training or the IELTS Life Skills test.
How they develop the test

The IELTS test is developed to provide a fair, accurate and reliable assessment of English language proficiency

IELTS has rigorous test design, development and validation processes. These processes ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level of difficulty, and that every test around the world provides valid and consistent results.

Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations around the world and is unbiased and fair to all test takers, whatever their background.

Prepare IELTS

Stages of test development