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What is IELTS?

IELTS provides a profile of a test taker’s ability to use English. Results are reported as band scores, on a scale from 1 being the lowest to 9 being the highest. Test takers receive an overall band score and individual scores for each test component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). This 9-band scale has been a standard English proficiency measuring system for the past three decades.

IELTS offers you a choice of two versions of the test, an Academic or a General Training test, to serve both an academic and non-academic audience, making IELTS relevant to people planning to study, migrate, or work abroad.

IELTS tests consist of four parts

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

For more information about the IELTS test's format, visit the IELTS Test Format page.

As we are jointly owned by three reputable, international organizations, the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge English Language Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge), we offer trusted and quality testing services in Toronto.

Special Requirements for the IELTS Test

In order to ensure that the language ability of all test takers is assessed fairly and objectively, IELTS provides a comprehensive service for test takers who have special requirements, including specific learning difficulties, hearing difficulties and visual difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding.
If you require a modified version of IELTS, you must give the test centre three months’ notice. If your circumstances require special arrangements to be made, e.g. extra time, you must give the test centre six weeks' notice.

Note: No third party products/materials (e.g. prep course material etc.) may use the IELTS or Test Partner logos.