International English Language Testing system

IELTS is an International English Language Testing system. It is managed by British Council, IDP Australia (IDP Education Pvt.Ltd.) and Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Role and Acceptance

IELTS is accepted for both study and migration purpose.It is accepted in more countries than any other English language test. Choosing IELTS gives you more options for the future. Over 9,000 organizations have listed their IELTS requirements with us here, making it easy for you to see where your IELTS result can take you.


List of universities accepting IELTS: (USA)

Types of IELTS Exam:

  • General
  • Academic

What do you want to do?

The version you need

I want to:

  • study at university at undergraduate or postgraduate level; or
  • join a professional organization in an English-speaking country

You should take IELTS Academic

I want to:

  • train or study at below degree level

  • work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country
  • immigrate to an English-speaking country

You should take IELTS General Training


Academic Reading

General Training Reading

Academic Writing

General Training Writing


The IELTS 9-band scale

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The average produces your overall band score. You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.


Skill level


Band 9

Expert user

You have a full operational command of the language. Your use of English is appropriate, accurate and fluent, and you show complete understanding.

Band 8

Very good user

You have a fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. You may misunderstand some things in unfamiliar situations. You handle complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7

Good user

You have an operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally you handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning.

Band 6

Competent user

Generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5

Modest user

You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field.

Band 4

Limited user

Your basic competence is limited to familiar situations. You frequently show problems in understanding and expression. You are not able to use complex language.

Band 3

Extremely limited user

You convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. There are frequent breakdowns in communication.

Band 2

Intermittent user

You have great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1


You have no ability to use the language except a few isolated words.

Band 0

Did not attempt the test

You did not answer the questions.