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Do you want to live in Canada?

Start your future in Canada with IELTS

In order to get a Canadian visa, you need to prove that your English language skills meet the requirements set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). With an IELTS score you have a trusted way to show you meet those requirements.

Take your first step with IELTS

Over 3 million IELTS tests are taken every year because people know that IELTS can help them achieve their goals.

IELTS is the English test of choice for educational organisations, professional associations, and employers across Canada. In fact, all universities and colleges in Canada accept IELTS, as well as all professional associations that have set minimum language requirements for registration.

It's not just Canada – IELTS is accepted by governments, educational institutions, and employers across the globe.

What score do I need?

When you take an IELTS test you will be awarded a score (from 1–9) on the IELTS scale. This is your overall test score, and you will also receive scores for each of the different sections of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

The IELTS scores you need will depend on the visa that you are applying for, and the requirements set by the organisation where you have applied to work or study.

Explore the organisations that accept IELTS and see what test scores they require.

Find out what score you need for your Canadian visa.

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Ready to book?

We have test centres all around the world, and you can take an IELTS test in more than 150 locations across Canada. There is a test centre in each province's capital city and in many regional cities.

Get ready for your IELTS test

We know how important it is for you to do well on your test and that's why we have lots of resources to help you prepare. You can practise with our free sample test questions, explore the range of resources we have available, or purchase a practice test to get you ready for the real thing. Preparing for your test is an important part of the process. Take advantage of our free resources to help you improve your language and communication skills. Start by downloading the Information for Candidates booklet. You can also order Official IELTS Practice Materials which include samples of past Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking tests, complete with sample answers and examiner comments. You can also purchase practice materials from local test centres.

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Preparing for IELTS if English is your first language

Even if English is your first language, we strongly advise you to spend some time preparing for the IELTS test. It's easy to feel overconfident about the test when you have been using English all your life. But to achieve the best possible score you need to familiarise yourself with the format.