The IELTS test is accepted by more than 8,000 organisations worldwide. Universities, corporations and government agencies use it to assess applicants’ levels of English.

The IELTS Method

In less than three hours, IELTS will assess all of your English skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills.

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent evaluation of your English skills.

Click to download the IELTS Information for Candidates booklet for more detailed information about the test format.

Which version of IELTS is right for me?

There are two versions of the IELTS test:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training


Read our guide to help you decide which version of the test is right for you. Additionally, institutions will also specify whether or not you are required to take a specific version of IELTS for application purposes.

Who accepts IELTS?

Click here to see which organisations accept IELTS and their minimum required bandscore.

Why take IELTS with British Council Switzerland?

We have 75 years experience in English language teaching and assessment.

When you take IELTS with the British Council, you can expect:

Contact Us

For more information about IELTS, please contact us by emailing ielts@britishcouncil.ch.


Click to download the IELTS Information for Candidates booklet.


IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.