The IELTS Academic test measures whether you have a level of English language proficiency necessary for an academic and higher education setting.
This exam evaluates some of the characteristics of academic language and indicates if you are ready to start studying or training.
Take this test 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.
You can choose between an Academic IELTS test on paper or on a computer and take either format in various of our official test centres in the Caribbean.
If you are applying to a UK University, that has requested you to take an IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration) you must take another type of test. Learn more about the IELTS test for UKVI.
What else do you need to know about the exam?
2 hours and 45 minutes
The exam has four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. When you register for the IELTS test with the British Council, you can take it at one of our official test centres, both for paper and computer formats.
Your Speaking test can be taken on the same day as the other sections of the exam or during a week before or after the date you have selected. You will be notified in advance.