IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than two million IELTS tests are taken each year.
Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9,000 organisations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions.
IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.
If you are applying for a visa to move to or stay in the UK, IELTS is on the list of approved secure English Language Tests. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration section.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
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Why take IELTS with the British Council?
IELTS is the world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration and we'll make sure it's the best possible experience for you.
You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through our Online Registration Service.
Test dates, fees and locations
The British Council offers IELTS tests in Sri Lanka. We also offer exams in additional locations in the Maldives, which are announced at the beginning of each year.
IELTS registration centres
You can register for IELTS quickly and easily through any of our IELTS registration centres.
Courses and resources
We can help you prepare for the IELTS test through face-to face courses, seminars and workshops.
We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.
Study abroad with IELTS
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills.
Terms and conditions
The IELTS terms and conditions contain important information. Make sure you read and accept them when you register for the test.