IELTS (International English Language Testing System), is a standardised test of English language proficiency. It is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd, and was established in 1989.
There are two versions of the IELTS: the Academic Version and the General Training Version:
The Academic Version is intended for those who want to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education and for professionals such as medical doctors and nurses who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.
The General Training Version is intended for those planning to undertake non-academic training or to gain work experience, or for immigration purposes. It is generally acknowledged that the reading and writing tests for the Academic Version are more difficult than those for the General Training Version, due to the differences in the level of intellectual and academic rigour between the two versions.
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IELTS Academic measures your level of English language proficiency specifically for an academic environment. Your IELTS academic score reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying.
Take the IELTS Academic Test if you intend to:
- Apply for Student Route visa (Tier 4) at a university that is a Student route (Tier 4) Sponsor in the UK
- Study in Canada or The US
- Work in an English-speaking country such as Australia, Canada or Ireland for a professional organisation.
IELTS General Training
The IELTS General Training exam measures your English language proficiency in a practical, day to day context. The tests and tasks reflect both social and workplace situations.
Take the IELTS General Training if you intend to:
- Train or study below degree level
- Work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country
- Traveland emigrate to an English-speaking country
- Get another job in your own country
IELTS Academics for UKVI
IELTS for UKVI Academic is an approved Secure English language tests (SELT) by the UK Home Office for visa applications to the UK.
This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (Academic) is also available via the computer delivered testing system and paper based in Abuja and Lagos Nigeria
IELTS General Training for UKVI
This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.
The IELTS General Training for UKVI is suitable for you if you’re applying for the Innovator, Start-up, Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2 General work visa), Minister of Religion (T2) or Student (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student) visa.
IELTS for UKVI tests are designed to meet specific administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office and are taken at a UKVI approved test centre.
IELTS Life Skills
IELTS Life Skills A1
This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for Sportsperson (T2), Representative of an Overseas Business, or Family (Spouse/partner; Fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner; Parent of a dependent) visas.
IELTS Life Skills A2 and B2 are ideal for candidates who are already in the UK