IELTS - International English Language Test

What is IELTS?

IELTS is a test designed to assess and demonstrate a visa applicant's English language ability.

Many visa categories as well as permanent residency in Australia require a minimum scoring on the IELTS system to make an applicant eligible. IELTS is a requirement for professional recognition from most Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies.

What will I need to do?

IELTS comprises of an academic test and a general training test - applicants only need to take the general training test unless advised otherwise by a registration or licensing body.

If you are completing a skilled visa where assessment is required prior to the lodgment of your visa application, you will need to contact the relevant assessing body for the English language requirements. These are constantly being reviewed and this is an extremely important step of your application. Your English proficiency is assessed on a scale from 1-9 in four skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Where can I do my test?

IELTS examinations are available worldwide.  However, due to the demand on testing, it is wise to investigate when the next available test will be. Sometimes visa applicants facing deadlines due to age or expiry of documents may find that they cannot sit a test in time to lodge their application.

How much does IELTS cost?

Information on fees, available test dates and application forms are available on the IELTS website.


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