The IELTS Academic test is designed to measure your English language proficiency and to assess if it is suitable for an academic environment. The test reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying in English.
Why take IELTS Academic?
IELTS Academic is the best option if you want to:
- Study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
- Apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
- Work in a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
If you are applying to a UK University that has requested you to take a UKVI IELTS test (Visas and Immigration) you must take another type of test. Learn more about the UKVI IELTS test.
What else do you need to know about the exam?
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Format: The exam has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
When you register for the IELTS test at one of the British Council's official centres, you can choose between taking your test on paper or computer. Both with the same content and level of difficulty.
You can take your Speaking test on the same day as the other parts of the exam or a week before or after the date you selected. You will be notified of your Speaking test date in advance.