Your IELTS scores give you the opportunity to migrate to Australia or Canada, for work or study.

IELTS recognition across Canada and Australia


Taking the IELTS test is highly recommended if you wish to seek employment and permanent residency in Canada as it was the first English language test to be recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Immigration Quebec as proof of English proficiency for Express Entry (Skilled Immigrants), Quebec-selected skilled workers, and the Provincial Nominee Program. 


If you are seeking employment or permanent residency in Australia, IELTS is accepted by the Department of Home Affairs for various visa categories. Given that it is a requirement for some Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 6 to apply for Australian immigration. 

Why take IELTS with the British Council?

With over 80 years of experience in English language assessment, the British Council helps you achieve your goal by offering you a range of free test preparation materials and a smooth test experience.

  1. Preparation resources: With Road to IELTS, you can access practice tests, expert advice, and informative videos to enhance your study experience. The last-minute version of Road to IELTS is free for all who have registered for IELTS with the British Council. GEL IELTS Prep is available exclusively for British Council 'IELTS for UKVI' test takers.
  2. Widespread testing locations: The British Council offers wide access to test locations, making it easy to find a convenient location to take your IELTS test.
  3. Options to take IELTS on paper or computer: With the British Council, you can choose the format that best suits your preferences.
  4. Easy booking process: Booking an IELTS test with the British Council is simple and straightforward.
  5. Seamless test experience: When you take the IELTS test with the British Council, you can expect an overall smooth and stress-free experience from start to finish.

Explore inspiring stories from IELTS test takers with the British Council 

“Achieving my IELTS score with Canadian Language Benchmark 9 was my gateway to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Now I am awaiting my Canadian Immigration Visa approval.”

Junel Correa, Canada, Immigrant

“IELTS paved the way for my dream to live in Canada and made me confident about my English language ability. I am now a few steps away from getting my permanent residency.”

Raffy Evarrola, Canada, Immigrant

“Thanks to IELTS, I was able to get my credentials for Engineers Australia (EA). After 6 months of working on the requirements, my family and I got permanent residency.”

Mary Ann Nacario, Australia, Engineer