University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge: IELTS


What's IELTS?

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study, work, or live where English is the language of communication.

IELTS results are accepted by more than 10,000 organisations, including universities and employers in 140 countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

IELTS conforms to the highest International Standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills-listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Why Should I Take IELTS?

IELTS is widely available and globally accepted. To find your closest test centre, please click here:

IELTS offers test takers a choice to take the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of the test on computer or paper

IELTS is the only English language test where the Speaking test is a one-on-one session with an examiner in a private room, where you will not be interrupted by other test takers.

IELTS is trusted by individuals and organisations around the world for its fairness, reliability and high-quality standards.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. The score you need is determined by the organization you are applying to.

  • IELTS results are available in 5-7 days (computer-delivered) and 13 days (paper-based)

Academic or General Training - which test is for me?

IELTS is available in two versions: Academic and General Training

The Academic Test is suited for people applying for higher education or professional registration.

The General Training test is for those migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment.

Please check with the organization that has requested IELTS to confirm which version and what scores you need.

IELTS Resources

In IELTS, practice makes perfect. There are many resources available to help you succeed.

Register for FREE WEEKLY ONLINE SEMINARS: 90-minute session with an IELTS expert. Click here for the class schedule.


Get access to FREE PREP ADVICE! Watch IELTS videos, subscribe to the IELTS monthly newsletter

Subscribe to the weekly IELTS blog

Tenho interesse

Próximas datas e locais de exames

do exame