The International English Language Testing System, is a global state administered trial of English dialect capability for non-local English dialect speakers. It is together overseen by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was set up in 1989. IELTS is one of the real English-dialect tests on the planet, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE:A, and OPI/OPIc.

IELTS is acknowledged by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand scholarly foundations, by more than 3,000 scholastic establishments in the United States, and by different expert associations over the world.


IELTS is the main Secure English Language Test endorsed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa clients applying both outside and inside the UK. It additionally meets prerequisite for migration to Australia, where TOEFL and Pearson Test of English Academic are likewise acknowledged, and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are acknowledged by the movement expert.

No base score is required to breeze through the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score from “band 1” (“non-client”) to “band 9” (“master client”) and every organization sets an alternate edge. There is likewise a “band 0” score for the individuals who did not endeavor the test. Establishments are prompted not to consider a report more seasoned than two years to be substantial, except if the client demonstrates that they have attempted to keep up their dimension.

In 2017, more than 3 million tests were taken in excess of 140 nations, up from 2 million tests in 2012, 1.7 million tests in 2011 and 1.4 million tests in 2009. In 2007, IELTS regulated more than one million tests in a solitary year duration surprisingly, making it the world’s most well known English dialect test for advanced education and migration.

IELTS use for movement purposes

Various Commonwealth nations use IELTS scores as a proof of forthcoming workers’ skill in English.


Australia’s movement specialists have utilized IELTS to survey English capability of forthcoming transients since May 1998, when this test supplanted the entrance: test that had been recently utilized.

There are distinctive IELTS score necessities for various kinds of visa.

Division of Immigration Level of English Minimum IELTS score (May 2015) Visas

Utilitarian English 4.5 Permanent and temporary gifted visas (to abstain from paying the English


Language Charge)

Professional English 5.0 457 visa, ENS and RSMS visas through the Temporary Residence Transitional stream for individuals who have held a 457 visa for a long time with the business

Able English 6.0 ENS and RSMS visas through the Direct Entry Stream, Skilled movement (6.0 is the base limit, however gets 0 points)

Capable English 7.0 Points Tested Skilled visas (to acquire 10 points)

Prevalent English 8.0 Points Tested Skilled visas (to get 20 points)

New Zealand

New Zealand has utilized the IELTS test since 1995. There are diverse IELTS score necessities for various sorts of visa and kind of applicant.

Visa category Minimum IELTS score required if the candidate isn’t showing the base standard in another way (May 2015)

Gifted Migrant Principal candidate: 6.5. Accomplices and youngsters matured 16 and over: 5.0

Business classifications (Investor, Entrepreneur, Long Term Business Visa, Employees of Relocating Business) Principal candidates: 5.0. Accomplices and kids matured 16 and over: at times accomplices and youngsters are not required to meet the base dimension of English at the time the application is held up, however can give proof at a later stage.

Initially, candidates who couldn’t accomplish the required score could pay a NZ$20,000 charge rather, which would be completely or halfway discounted later if the vagrant had the capacity to effectively step through the examination inside a specific period (3 to a year) after his or her landing to the nation. A couple of years after the fact, the approach was changed: the expense was decreased, and, rather than being possibly refundable, it ended up treated as a “pre-buy” of post-entry ESL educational cost.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) utilizes IELTS and additionally TEF as proof of one’s capacity to convey in English or potentially French. The CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) test scores are an option to IELTS.

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national principles utilized in Canada for depicting, estimating and perceiving the English dialect capability of forthcoming settlers. The accompanying table demonstrates the IELTS scores required for each CLB level.


Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Reading Writing Listening Speaking

10 8.0 7.5 8.5 7.5

9 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0

8 6.5 6.5 7.5 6.5

7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0

6 5.0 5.5 5.5 5.5

5 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

4 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0

There are diverse dialect prerequisites for various sorts of movement program as demonstrated as follows:

Visa category Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) required (May 2015)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program CLB

The Federal Skilled Trades Program CLB 5 for talking and tuning in, CLB 4 for perusing and writing[94]

The Canadian Experience Class CLB 7 for NOC 0 or An employments, CLB 5 for NOC B occupations

Business start-up visa CLB 5

Common Nominee Programs CLB 4 for NOC C and D employments

Presenting one’s IELTS scores is additionally one of the few different ways to demonstrate one’s capability in an official dialect while applying for Canadian citizenship (least of CLB level 4 required).

Joined Kingdom

On 6 April 2015, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) changed its English dialect prerequisites for UK visa and movement applications. IELTS tests are presently one of just two tests included on the UK government rundown of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs).

IELTS surveys every one of the four dialect abilities and is acknowledged by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) at levels B1 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Another test, IELTS Life Skills, surveys Speaking and Listening at CEFR level A1 and at CEFR Level B1. IELTS Life Skills can be utilized to meet the English dialect prerequisites for a few classes of visa application, including ‘group of a settled individual’ visas and inconclusive leave and citizenship.

To be utilized for visa and movement purposes, IELTS and IELTS Life Skills must be taken in test focuses endorsed by the UKVI.

Visa Minimum CEFR level required (May 2015) Minimum IELTS score required in general and in every ability (May 2015)

Level 1 (General) visa C1 7.0 in general, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa B1 4.0 generally speaking, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 1 (Entrepreneur) visa B1 4.0 generally speaking, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa B1 4.0 generally speaking, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 2 (General) visa B1 4.0 by and large, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 2 (Sportsperson) visa A1 4.0 by and large, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 5.5 in general, and in every one of the four aptitudes

Level 4 (General) understudy visa – underneath degree level B1 4.0 by and large, and in every one of the four abilities

Level 4 (General) understudy visa – degree level or more and including some pre-sessional courses B2 5.5 in general, and in every one of the four aptitudes

‘Group of a settled individual’ visa A1 IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass, IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

Uncertain leave to stay (to settle) or citizenship B1 IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass, IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

For UK visa purposes the test is intended to meet certain managerial prerequisites indicated by UKVI. These Test Report Forms are somewhat unique, to demonstrate that the test taker has stepped through the exam at an IELTS UKVI session. The genuine test taken is the equivalent – same substance, analysts, organize, dimension of trouble, scoring thus on.[1

IELTS test structure


There are two modules of the IELTS:

Scholarly Module and

General Training Module

There’s likewise a different test offered by the IELTS test accomplices, called IELTS Life Skills:

IELTS Academic is expected for the individuals who need to select in colleges and different organizations of advanced education and for experts, for example, restorative specialists and attendants who need to study or practice in an English-talking nation.

IELTS General Training is expected for those intending to embrace non-scholastic preparing or to pick up work understanding, or for migration purposes.

IELTS Life Skills is expected for the individuals who need to demonstrate their English talking and listening abilities at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1 and can be utilized to apply for a ‘group of a settled individual’ visa, inconclusive leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

The four sections of the IELTS test

Tuning in: 30 minutes (in addition to 10 minutes’ exchange time)

Perusing: a hour

Composing: a hour

Talking: 11– 14 minutes

The test add up to time is: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Tuning in, Reading and Writing are finished in one sitting. The Speaking test might be gone up against that day or up to seven days prior or after alternate tests.

All test takers take a similar Listening and Speaking tests, while the Reading and Writing tests vary contingent upon whether the test taker is taking the Academic or General Training variants of the test.

Tuning in

The module includes four areas, with ten inquiries in each section.[15] It takes 40 minutes: 30 – for testing, in addition to 10 for exchanging the responses to an answer sheet.

Segments 1 and 2 are about ordinary, social circumstances.

Segment 1 has a discussion between two speakers (for instance, a discussion about movement game plans)

Segment 2 has one individual talking (for instance, a discourse about neighborhood offices).

Segments 3 and 4 are about instructive and preparing circumstances

Segment 3 is a discussion between two fundamental speakers (for instance, a discourse between two colleges.