IELTS Academic – get ready for a higher education environment and study abroad
The IELTS Academic test measures whether you have the level of English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.
Take the IELTS Academic test if you want to:
- study abroad or study in Britain at either undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
- apply for Tier 4 UK Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
- work in a professional organisation in an English speaking country
If you need a visa for work or study in Britain, then in some cases you may need to take IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration or IELTS Life Skills.
- Fee for IELTS Academic on paper in Sri Lanka: LKR 75,500
- Fee for IELTS Academic on computer in Sri Lanka: LKR 70,000
- Fee for IELTS Academic Online: LKR 70,000
What does the fee include? Our IELTS Academic test fee includes exclusive access to:
- 'IELTS Ready Premium', our exclusive pack of IELTS preparation materials, which include 40+ free IELTS practise tests, model answers, feedback from IELTS experts and more.
- a downloadable IELTS practice book
- Top IELTS Tips seminar and a IELTS Writing skills workshop
Duration of the IELTS Academic test: 2 hours and 45 minutes (IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing) + 11-14 minutes (IELTS Speaking)
Format: There are four sections to the IELTS Academic test: IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. When you book your IELTS test with the British Council in Sri Lanka, the test will take place in an official British Council IELTS test centre, whether you take the test on paper or on a computer.
If you take your IELTS Academic test on paper, your IELTS Speaking test may be offered:
- on the same day as the other sections of the test
- a day before (on Friday, when the main test day is on Saturday)
- a day after (on Friday, when the main test date is on Thursday)
You will receive notification about your Speaking test date a week in advance. If you take your IELTS academic test on a computer, you have a free choice of Speaking test dates.
With IELTS Online, you can take your test at home or any private location with a stable internet connection.
If you choose this option, you will write the answers to the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on your computer. The Speaking test will be conducted with a trained IELTS Examiner via an online video call.