The International English Language Testing System is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who plan to study or work at places where English is the primary language of communication and instruction. It covers four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is managed by three reputable, international organizations – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS is a compulsory exam for admission into universities and training programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Did you know that it has become a must for those of you who wish to get a student visa to Australia? The tests are administered at centres throughout the world be it international universities, professional bodies, government agencies or immigration authorities of countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia, all recognize the tests.

IELTS Exam Eligibility Criteria

For taking on the IELTS course, your minimum age must be 16 years or above and you must have a valid passport.

You will only be eligible to take the exam if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Planning to study in UK/Australia/Canada/New Zealand/USA
  • Being a medical professional, planning to work or study further in UK/Australia/USA
  • Planning to emigrate to Canada/Australia/New Zealand.

The version of IELTS you need to take will differ based on your purpose of travel/goal:

Purpose of Travel/Goal The Version of IELTS applicable
To enroll into an academic program in a country, where most communication, if not all, is in English IELTS Academic
For work/work-related training or migration to an English speaking country IELTS General Training

Prior to registering for the test, you must check the version required from the organization or institution you apply to, and accordingly plan the test.