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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2.9 million IELTS tests were taken globally in 2016, 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 10,000 organisations worldwide (including 3,000 in the 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. Find out the advantages of taking IELTS with the British Council. 

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 an 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. 

CEFR Level A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
IELTS score range 2.5 - 3.5 4.0 - 5.0 5.5 - 6.5 7.0 - 8.0 8.5 - 9.0

On 22 May 2014, the UK Home Office issued guidance on secure English language test (SELT) providers. We encourage you to check the full text and FAQ here.

British Council is a proud co-owner of IELTS. 

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