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English language proficiency test for migration

If you are planning to migrate to an English speaking country, immigration authorities may ask you to provide evidence of your English language ability. IELTS is accepted as proof of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

IELTS is the world’s number one English proficiency test when it comes to migration. No other English test is accepted as much as IELTS. It's recognised by more than 11,500 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

From maximising your chances of success on your immigration application to helping you achieve your career goals, your IELTS result will bring you one step closer to your migration goals. As always, we're here to help you get the score you need.

Who accepts IELTS? Click here to find out.

IELTS for New Zealand Visas

For migration to New Zealand, you may need to show that you understand the English language. So, to prove this, Immigration New Zealandexternal icon can ask you to show that you’ve done an official language test, like IELTS. You may also have to show that in the 2 years before you apply you have gained the minimum scores needed for your visa.

Full list of New Zealand Visas and IELTS Scores

Why test takers choose IELTS

You IELTS, your choice

Computer-delivered or paper-based. Academic or General Training. With IELTS, you choose how you take your test.

IELTS is also accepted as proof of English language proficiency for study, work and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. By choosing IELTS, you will establish yourselves with an English language test that sets you up to succeed from day one in your study, work and migration goals


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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 skills in IELTS Writing, Reading, Listening 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!