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IELTS for Work and Migration

IELTS is required for skilled migration and permanent residency in many English-speaking countries.

Accepted for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the US

IELTS is accepted as a proof of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US where English is the main language used in the workplace or the classroom. Each country has its own IELTS scores requirements.
For the most updated information, please visit relevant government websites.


In Australia, IELTS is accepted for many visa categories as well as permanent residency. IELTS is also required by some Australian professional organisations and registration bodies. >>>Learn More


If you are applying for a work visa, professional registration or for permanent residency in Canada, you will probably have to submit proof of English language proficiency as a part of your application. IELTS General Training is accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for immigration to Canada. >>>Learn More

New Zealand

IELTS is required by the New Zealand government for different types of visas, including Skilled Migrant, Investor and Entrepreneur, Residence, Work and Parent categories as evidence of English language ability. >>>Learn More


When applying to live permanently in the UK (also known as applying for 'leave to remain' or 'long residence'), you are required to demonstrate satisfactory English language skills. >>>Learn More


Looking forward to study in the US? More than 3,000 institutions in the US accept IELTS as proof of your English proficiency.

When to take IELTS General Training?

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context.You may take IELTS General Training if you want to:

  • Study in secondary education.
  • Study or train at a college or training centre below degree level.
  • Migrate to an English-speaking country.

IELTS General Training measure English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training version of the test is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

If you are taking the IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training test for UK visa applications, you will need to make sure that the test is taken at a UKVI approved test centre. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests for UK visa applications and non-UK visa applications are the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training cover all four language skills – LISTENING, READING, WRITING and SPEAKING. Everyone takes the same Listening and Speaking tests but there are different Reading and Writing tests.

Please note that you will be able to complete a paper-based or computer-based format IELTS test, if you prefer. If you choose computer-based, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer. The Speaking test will remain face-to-face, as we believe it is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills and prompts a more lifelike performance. All other aspects of the test are identical, whether it is taken on paper or on computer. >>>Learn more about IELTS on Computer and Paper

Prepare for your IELTS test with Tips from IDP

Building your oral communication skills in English is the key to attaining success in your IELTS test. In order to supplement your own individual activities to improve your English-speaking capabilities and to prepare for the test, IDP Education provides valuable support tools to help you get ready. >>>Learn More

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As the world's most popular high-stakes English-Language test, IELTS is recognised by governments in more countries than any other English Language test for immigration and permanent residency.

IELTS test format

IELTS is a test of all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day one after the other, with no breaks in between. Depending on your test centre, your Speaking test may be on the same day as the other three tests or up to seven days before or after that. The total test time is under three hours.

IELTS for Study in local or overseas

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