IELTS meaning

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. You can check the full list of organisations that recognise IELTS on the website

IELTS overview

The IELTS test assesses your English language ability in the four key areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. You get a score for your overall ability as well as individual scores for each area. Scores range from Band 1 (non-user) to Band 9 (expert user).

With two to three test dates per month, it's easy to find an IELTS test date that suits your schedule at Unitec. IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic, for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and the General Training Test, which is accredited for migration and measures practical, everyday English skills.

View more information and sample questions on the IELTS Essentials website.

You can prepare for the IELTS test with an IELTS Preparation short course. We run a 40-hour preparation course, where you'll also review vocabulary and language skills required at advanced levels. This course runs regularly throughout the year.