IELTS offers a choice of two versions of the test, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes.
The version of the test you take – and the score you need – will depend on both your visa requirements and the requirements of the institution where you plan to study or work.
Both versions of the test include the same Listening and Speaking components and different Reading and Writing components. Find out more about the IELTS test format
also download IELTS application form from here.
IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to anyone, irrespective of your subject focus. The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in a university that teaches in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or institutions of higher and further education. Many professions (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering) also require an Academic test result for registration purposes in many countries.
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training version of the test is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
Should you choose IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?
Each university, employer and immigration department sets their own IELTS requirements. You have to check which version of IELTS is accepted by your chosen organisation and to find out what IELTS score will be required.
Step one: Check the requirements set by your visa.
Step two: If you are planning to study or work abroad, you must also check the IELTS score required by your chosen institution, professional registration body or employer. Their IELTS requirements could be higher than the requirements of your visa.
Step three: You must check the IELTS score you need. Thousands of organisations all over the world accept IELTS. For an idea of their IELTS score requirements click here.
Please note: you should also contact the organisation directly, in order to confirm that these are the latest, up-to-date requirements. Find out more about the IELTS test format and download IELTS Information for Candidates booklet for more information.