IELTS Academic Exam: prepare for higher education
The IELTS Academic exam assesses the level of your academic English. The exam content reflects the language used in higher education or other academic environments.
Take this test if you would like to:
- study at undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world.
- apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 sponsor in the UK.
- work for a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.
If you are applying to a university in the United Kingdom which has requested that you take IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration), find out more information about the IELTS for UKVI exam.
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Format: the exam has four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. When you book your IELTS exam with the British Council, it will take place in one of our official British Council IELTS examination centres.
You can take your speaking exam on the same day as the other sections, or up to a week before, or after the date of your listening, reading and writing exam. You will receive a notification in advance with the date of your speaking exam.