Choose the format that works for you

There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes. The organisation where you plan to work or study sets the requirements. So before you book your test, it is good to check which one is right for you. 

Can I take IELTS General Training? 

IELTS General Training tests your English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS is the only English test that provides General Training for migration purposesexternal icon

 Take IELTS General Training if you want to: 

  • Migrate to New Zealand, Australia or another English-speaking country 

  • Get another job in your own country. 

  • Study or train below degree level 

  • Work in an English-speaking country 

Learn more about IELTS General Training 

Do I need IELTS Academic? 

You should do IELTS Academic for an academic environment. For example, studying at University. This test measures whether your level of English language proficiency at an academic level. It reflects aspects of academic language. Also, it helps to assess if you’re ready to begin your studies. 

Take IELTS Academic if you want to: 

  • Study at an undergraduate level or above 

  • Get a job that requires professional organisation (for example, doctors, nurses, teachers or lawyers) 

Book IELTS Academic

IELTS is recognised by more than 11,000 universities and employers globally. It’s also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. 

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IELTS Academic or General Training on computer 

You can do your IELTS Academic or your IELTS General Training test on a computer. This is the same test as paper-based IELTS. But, instead of writing your answers on paper, you type them on a computer. So, why would you do IELTS on computer? 

For almost 30 years, IELTS has been a paper-based English test that people have used to achieve their work, study and migration dreams. But you asked for more choice – and we’ve listened. Meet computer-delivered IELTS: the same IELTS test you know, delivered via computer, with multiple test sessions a day and fast results. 

What is computer-delivered IELTS? 

How will the IELTS Masterclass help you?

Join us online or face-to-face at a free IELTS Masterclass near you. Presented by an IELTS expert, the free IELTS Masterclass will help you:

  • Improve your English skills in IELTS writing, reading and speaking
  • Understand common IELTS mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Understand how IELTS is scored and the assessment criteria
  • Ask the IELTS expert anything you’ve wanted to know!