IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) is the most demanded test of the international standard, which allows you to determine the level of English language skills in order to enter a university / college abroad, employment in foreign companies, immigration to Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. , for working in an international company within the country, this certificate will be your great advantage in the modern labor market.

More than 135 countries around the world recognize IELTS results. Over 6 thousand organizations recognize IELTS results (more than 2.5 thousand organizations in the United States alone). More than 1 million people take this exam every year.

Who owns the IELTS test?

Test development is owned by three organizations

  • Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • British Council
  • IDP: IELTS Australia

How long is the certificate valid?

2 years

How is it assessed?

IELTS scores are graded on a scale of 0 to 9

Test taking options?

On paper (paper-based) / results on the 13th day, on a computer (computer-based) / results on the 5-7th day


Three versions of the IELTS exam

IELTS Academic Module

IELTS Academic Module is taken for admission to colleges, schools, universities in countries such as Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, USA and other educational institutions in which instruction is conducted in English. These can be bachelor’s, master’s, PhD programs and many others.

IELTS General Module

IELTS General Module is necessary for those who want to immigrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. Besides, General Module may be suitable for employment in the foreign companies within the home country or beyond.

IELTS Life Skills

A simplified version of the exam for those who need a family visa or immigrant visa / extension for an indefinite residence permit or citizenship in the UK. This type of test proves the ability to speak (Speaking) and understand English by ear (Listening) at A1 and B1 levels according to the CEFR scale.



General information about the IELTS Life Skills exam:

  • The exam is designed for two levels of IELTS Life Skills A1 / IELTS Life Skills B1
  • The test is taken together with another candidate to the same examiner
  • Testing of writing and reading skills by test is not provided
  • Test duration :
    IELTS Life Skills A1 IELTS Life Skills A1 Speaking and Listening 16-18 minutes
    IELTS Life Skills B1 IELTS Life Skills B1 Speaking and Listening 22 minutes
  • The test result is ready, as a rule, on the 6th day after taking it. You will get one of the options: Pass/Fail.


IELTS exam structure (Academic/General)


  • NB! When taking the test on paper, it is important to have legible handwriting that the examiner understands (close to the printed one) while completing the written assignments, as candidates risk losing points for difficulties in reading it.
  • During listening practice, you should not listen with headphones, since they are not used when passing the exam, and in order to avoid adapting your hearing in the perception of information only with headphones, it is recommended to avoid this practice format (only applies to the version of the test on paper).
  • Filling in the Answer sheets appropriatly is an integral part of the exam that requires special attention (correct spelling of words, numbers, fractions, decimal digits, phone numbers, addresses and much more)
  • When submitting the computer version, make sure that the typing speed is fast enough. The keyboard layout should be ‘qwerty’ standard.