IELTS is the world’s most widely accepted English language test for study, work, and migration. It is recognised by over 11,000 organisations worldwide, with over 3.5 million tests taken globally in the last year.

IELTS is recognised across the globe

Recognised in more than 140 countries and trusted by top organisations for giving an accurate assessment of English language proficiency, IELTS is the key to unlocking global success.

United Kingdom

IELTS is accepted by 100% of UK universities. International students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university, and the visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.


IELTS is accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and by universities and colleges across Canada.


Accepted by more than 1,000 institutions in Australia, your IELTS test score can help you to achieve your goal of getting a place at a college or university.

United States

IELTS is accepted and trusted by 3,400 institutions in the USA, including the top 25 universities and all Ivy League colleges. IELTS is used by programmes at the top 50 US universities with the most international students.


IELTS is widely trusted by organisations across Asia. It is accepted by 100% of public higher education institutions in Hong Kong, 100% of the top medical schools in Thailand, and 100% of foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia.


IELTS is approved for use by all universities of the Netherlands and welcomed by programmes taught in English in other European countries such as France and Germany.

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 

"IELTS is widely recognised and trustworthy."
Rui Mao, Institute of Mental Health, IELTS score 7.5 (Australia)

“An IELTS result was required for my scholarship application.”
Dwi Rini Hartati, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, IELTS score 6.5 (The Netherlands)

“IELTS opened the door for me to be able to study abroad. I became more confident in my English ability, which helped me integrate better within the academic community.”
Andrea Denise Ong (UK)

“Practising for IELTS has helped me enhance my English communication skills even more and has prepared me for my life as a student in Canada.”
Faith Aileen Parez (Canada)