The internationalisation of higher education and an increasingly mobile international workforce migration continues to drive demand for IELTS – the world’s leading test of English for international migration and higher education.
IELTS plays a leading role in international higher education. It is recognised for entrance to universities and colleges across the English-speaking world, including 100% of universities in Australia and the United Kingdom, more than 3,400 institutions in the United States as well as hundreds of institutions in many other countries. It is also the most widely used test for visa and citizenship purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
IELTS was introduced in 1989 and has built its worldwide reputation on a combination of secure reliable testing backed by extensive research to ensure that it meets the needs of users across a wide range of sectors including higher education institutions, government departments, healthcare regulators and employers.
An IELTS test result demonstrates not just a passive knowledge of English, but also the ability to use the language effectively in a variety of real-world contexts, and the language skills need for success in higher education, professional contexts and everyday life in English-speaking countries.
Equally important is the global availability of IELTS at over 1200 test centres in more than 140 countries and territories. Test availability increased last year with the global roll-out of computer-delivered IELTS.