Using IELTS for Your Academic Career or Professional Registration

Using IELTS for Your Academic Career or Professional Registration

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Do you want to study at a university at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country? Then IELTS Academic is designed for you.


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to work, study, or settle in English-speaking areas. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band 1) through to expert (band 9). You can take the test at more than 1100 locations and there are 48 test dates a year.

In most countries where English is the main language of communication, evidence of acceptable English language skills is a prerequisite for applicants and international graduates seeking professional registration. IELTS can give you the evidence you need when applying for a higher education program or professional organization.

It’s important to note that the level of English language proficiency required by organisations varies by profession, by country and by jurisdiction. It’s up to the individual professional registration bodies to set their own requirements. However, employers in industries such as medicine, accounting, engineering, law, government, tourism and more may all ask for IELTS from potential employees, making IELTS Academic an important step along the way to the universty or professional organization of your choice. 

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training – what’s the difference?

For those planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration, IELTS Academic assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used. You can discover who accepts IELTS using this great tool. 

IELTS Academic is different from IELTS General Training. The General Training test is ony for those who want to study or train in secondary education, study or train at a college or training centre below degree level, or who want to migrate to an English speaking country.

IELTS Academic is for those who want to study higher eduation or join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.

While all test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests, regardless of which version they take, the Reading and Writing tests differ in content, depending on whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. 

Source: IELTS

How can I prepare for IELTS?

There are many great ways to prepare yourself for the test. Find out how with the British Council’s great tips and study techniques, take a look at some sample questions or take a free practice test online. 

How can I register for IELTS?

Here is an easy how-to for booking your test - on your time and in your country. Ready to book? You can do so here and take the next step towards your new program or profession.


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