More than three million International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests were taken in the past year, reflecting the growing importance of the world’s leading test of English for international higher education and migration.
IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand
and the UK. It is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and
immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many of the leading
institutions in the USA.
Established in 1989, and jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and
Cambridge English Language Assessment, IELTS is now a household name in many countries
around the world.
Warwick Freeland, Managing Director at IDP IELTS Australia said: “IELTS opens doors for
millions of people every year, helping them to study abroad, migrate to English-speaking
countries or take advantage of the growing need for English in professional life.”
The success of IELTS rests on the high quality of the test, which measures the four key
languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research
teams in the UK and Australia, and administered by centres in more than 140 countries around
James Shipton, Head IELTS at the British Council, said: “The continued growth of IELTS that
we’ve seen around the world is testament to the popularity of the test with test takers, and to
the trust that organisations place in IELTS to provide scores that are a reliable indicator of a
person’s ability to communicate in English.”