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What is IELTS?

IELTS is an acronym for International English Language Testing System. IELTS is an English test that assess your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. It helps you develop the kind of English you will need in everyday life whether you are at college, at work or talking to friends. There are two test types: IELTS Academic is for higher education or professional training. IELTS General Training is for secondary education, migration, work or training.


IELTS Test Format

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Looking to work or study in the UK, Australia, Canada or Ireland?

If you wish to work or study in Australia, Canada or Republic of Ireland, you may have to take either the IELTS Academic or General. The IELTS Academic is basically for students who wish to study in Australia, Canada, USA or Republic or Ireland as well as other English Speaking countries. The IELTS General is for those who wish to migrate to English Speaking countries to work and live in those countries. However, if you wish to work or study in the UK, you will have to take the IELTS for UKVI Academic or General. This is explained in the next session below.

What is IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)?

If you are looking to work or study in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa and demonstrate that you have met the required level of English by taking a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills. As explained previously, the IELTS for UKVI Academic is for students who wish to study in the UK while the General is basically for those who wish to work or live in the UK.

What is the difference in test format between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form or Certificate which contains your results is slightly different to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location, which is approved by the UK Home Office.

Which test format should I take?

If you are a student, please check with your university/college/school or agent which test you need before booking. If you are applying for a Student Visa (Tier 4) at a higher education institution to enter directly onto a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can submit an IELTS Academic result. If you are NOT a student, please check which test format you need with the organisations you are applying to before booking the test. We offer IELTS for UKVI in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria

The British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. They help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realize their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. They support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognized qualifications.


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