Introduction to IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is a registered trademark of the University of Cambridge, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia.


It is one of the most widely used English language exams around the world. There are two main forms of the IELTS. The first is the Academic IELTS. And that version, as you can guess, is used mainly by colleges and universities for admissions decisions. Then there's the General Training IELTS, and that one is more often used by employers or for integration purposes in some other uses as well. 

General Overview of IELTS

Find out everything you need to know about IELTS exams. Discover why IELTS is important, what IELTS stands for, and how to choose the right test for you.

Exam Format

The IELTS exam has four sections. You're gonna take the reading, writing, listening tests in one session. And there aren't any breaks in between those sections of the test. The speaking test is scheduled separately, most people take the speaking test on the same day that they take the other parts of the exam.


After you take the exam, you will receive a score report. And on that report you will have an overall score, and a score for each of the four sections of the exam.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic is for applicants who wish to migrate for academic purposes, like pursuing their degree or a higher level of education, or for professionals such as medical doctors, and nurses who wish to study or practice in an English-speaking environment.

IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training Test is designed for applicants who intend to migrate for employment purposes or undergo a non-academic form of training in an English speaking country.

Computer Delivered IELTS

Now computer delivered IELTS is offered everywhere, at least at this time. So you'll need to check with your test center to see if computer delivered IELTS is a possibility for you.

Should You Take the Computer or Paper IELTS?

There are two types of IELTS tests available: Computer-delivered test and Paper-based test. The test you choose should be based on what it is you are suitable for.

Studying for the IELTS

Some advice about different aspects of your study that you should focus on in order to get the most out of your studies and to make a realistic plan for you is provided hereafter.