IELTS is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication.

Most popular countries where IELTS is accepted for university admissions are¬†the united kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. The exam mainly measures¬†the flexibility¬†of test-takers¬†to speak¬†within the¬†four¬†artificial language¬†language skills ‚Äď listening, reading, speaking, and writing. IELTS exam is jointly owned and conducted by IDP Education Australia, British Council, and Cambridge¬†West Germanic language¬†Assessment. With¬†the amount¬†of IELTS tests grew to a record¬†of three.5 million¬†within the¬†year 2018,¬†it's¬†become¬†a pacesetter¬†within the¬†area of international¬†pedagogy.¬†it's¬†accepted in 100% of universities¬†within the¬†UK and Australia. Also,¬†it's¬†accepted¬†in additional¬†than 3,400 institutions¬†within the¬†US and thousands of institutions in English speaking countries.

Why IELTS Exam is required?

IELTS 2021 exam is required for migration as well as academic purposes abroad in English speaking countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. It is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants applying both outside and inside the UK. A lot of students get confused about why are the IELTS scores required. The simple answer to this is that foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show a good understanding and strong command of the English language and that is why your overall IELTS scores are so important. 


IELTS Highlights

Exam Name


IELTS full form

International English Language Testing System

Official Website


Most popular for

Study, work, and migration to English speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK

Also accepted by

Canada and USA

Conducted by

British Council and IDP Education Ltd

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper ‚Äď delivered test


Rs. 14,000 for registrations from 1st-Apr-2020

Score Range

On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)

IELTS Contact

British Council

0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353, Mon-Sat 09.00 to 18.00

Email: ExamsCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org

IDP Head Office

+91-124-4445999/ 1800-102-4544

Email: ielts.india@idp.com


Types of IELTS

There are two types of IELTS exams: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and speaking sections are the same for both these tests, however, the subject matter for the writing and reading sections are different depending on which test one takes. The Reading, Writing, and Listening sections of the IELTS tests are completed on the same day of the test with no breaks between them. However, the Speaking section can be completed either a week before or after the other tests date. This information test can be taken from your test centre.

IELTS Academic Test

IELTS Academic is taken by those who apply for higher education or professional registration abroad.

IELTS General Test

IELTS General Test is taken by those who wish to migrate to major English speaking countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK. This test is also taken by those who want to enroll in training programs or secondary education or want to gain work experience in a country where English is the main language used for communication.


Often international students are confused between choosing IELTS or TOEFL, as universities abroad ask for either exam scores. It is up to you as a test taker to decide which of the two exams to take, but remember that IELTS is more preferred in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, while TOEFL is popular among applicants to universities in US and Canada.