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Test types

An IELTS result can help your journey for study, work, and life abroad.

Find the right test for you

IELTS offers a range of tests, giving you the flexibility to choose the right test for your needs.

In both the General Training and the Academic tests, the Speaking and Listening sections are the same. However, the Reading and Writing sections of these tests differ. They have been designed to assess language ability that is more relevant for each specific sector.

Life Skills is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) that assesses only your speaking and listening skills.

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IELTS Academic

If you are planning to study in a country where English is spoken, it's likely that the IELTS Academic test is the right choice for you.

The test assesses if you are ready to begin studying in English. It features vocabulary that is familiar within an academic setting. You can also take IELTS Academic for professional registration purposes.

  • University
  • Higher education
  • Professional registration.

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IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training test is suitable for those wishing to migrate to a country where English is spoken (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

The test assesses everyday English language skills that you will need in social situations and in workplace environments.

  • Immigration
  • Work experience
  • Training
  • School/college.

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IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) that assesses only your English speaking and listening skills. This is the test to take if you are applying for the following types of UK visa:

  • Family visa
  • Extension to family, spouse or partner visa
  • Indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

Which test is right for you?

Deciding which test is right for you will depend on where you want to live, work, or study, and what exactly you want to do. You should always check entry requirements – for your target country, institution, or association – before choosing your test.

You can find out who accepts IELTS; or learn more in our country guides below:

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Get ready!

We know how important your test is – that’s why we’re here to help you get the result you deserve. From apps and webinars to training courses and practice tests, IELTS official resources can help you prepare for your success.

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Book your test today

Ready to take your next step towards living, studying, or working abroad? Find your nearest IELTS test centre or book an online test.