Gain a competitive edge with your IELTS score through the British Council!

IELTS recognition across multiple countries

United Kingdom

If you’re looking for a change of scenery and pace, the UK offers a wide range of employment opportunities across various sectors and industries. IELTS is proof of your English language ability and is a requirement for those applying to settle permanently in the UK. 

With a minimum score of 4 to 7 in any of the following IELTS tests, you’ll be able to apply for a visa to work or live in the UK: 

  1. IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Academic
  2. IELTS for UKVI General Training 
  3. IELTS Life Skills


IELTS opens the door to a myriad of job opportunities in Canada as it is the test of choice for professional associations and employers across Canada. If you’re looking to migrate to Canada for work, IELTS is 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.


Are you looking for opportunities to advance your career? Apply for jobs in Australia with IELTS! It is trusted and accepted as proof of English proficiency by employers in Australia and the Department of Home Affairs. You can also use your IELTS results to apply and qualify for various visa categories.

United States

IELTS is the perfect stepping stone to further your studies or career in the USA because it is accepted and trusted by more than 3,400 institutions across the United States. Employers and educational institutions will be able to assess your ability to speak, read, and write in English based on your IELTS scores to ensure you are given the right amount of support needed for the job or course.

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 

“With the help of the British Council and IELTS, I was able to land my dream job in the United Kingdom. I am now working as a Hemodialysis Nurse."

Aileen Jennifer Felipe, UK, Nurse

“I made the right choice to take IELTS with the British Council because they helped me prepare for my test through their free preparation materials. Now, I am pursuing a promising career in the US.”

Lerica Morales, US, Clinical Laboratory Scientist 

“IELTS provides a reliable and internationally accessible means for doctors coming from overseas to demonstrate their language proficiency before they start work.”

Director of Registration and Education, General Medical Council, UK

“We trust IELTS to give us a benchmark of English language ability. Though we accept other English language tests, we assess them by comparing them directly with the required IELTS score.”

Hannah Wain, Senior Student Recruitment Officer, SAC – The Scottish Agricultural College