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IELTS – International English Language Testing System

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What is IELTS English Language Proficiency Test?

IELTS, The International English Language Testing System, is the world’s leading English language proficiency test, taken by over 1.7 million people each year.

The majority of study abroad programmes listed on are taught in English and many have a minimum English language requirement for non-native English speaking students. Course entry requirements often quote a minimum IELTS score which prospective students must show evidence of. The British Council have testing centers across the globe, Take the test, prove your ability and start your studies.

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IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 7,000 organisations and programmes worldwide.

Uniquely, IELTS tests your English conversation skills through a face-to-face speaking test which means that you are assessed by having a conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills. 

There are two versions of the IELTS English language test:

>> Which test should I take?

>> IELTS assessment and scoring

Who are the British Council?

british council logoThe IELTS Test is offered by the British Council. The British Council are an international charity committed to developing a wider knowledge of the English language. Their English teaching and exams help people around the world improve their education and career prospects.

The British Council have 75 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and can help you reach your goals by connecting people worldwide with learning opportunities.

Last update: 13 Dec 2016

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