IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2.2 million IELTS tests were taken globally in 2013, through more than 900 centres in 130 countries.
Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9000 organisations worldwide (including 3000 in USA) accept IELTS, including governments, academic and employment institutions. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for migration purposes by all countries that require one.
The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Results are ready in just 13 days.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test. Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.
Why take IELTS with the British Council?
The British Council has more than 85 years’ experience in teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That's a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.
Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:
- Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test
- Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
- Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test.
- Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options.
- Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
IELTS in Italy
IELTS is not only the must-have test to study or work abroad. It is widely accepted also in Italy. As a matter of fact, many prestigious Italian universities and higher education institutions recognise IELTS for educational purposes such as total or partial exemption from internal English examinations or tests as well as credits for international study programmes like Erasmus+.
If you are not a EU citizen and you are applying for a visa to move to or remain in the UK, there’s an IELTS test for you. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration section.
Universities and higher education institutions are invited to join our IELTS partnership programme.
IELTS and the Common European Framework
IELTS is recognized by the Council of Europe. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.
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