IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test with more than 2.5 million tests taken in the last 12 months. The IELTS test assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is the language used. It provides a fair, accurate and relevant assessment of language skills based on well-established standards and covers the full range of ability, from the beginner through to a very high level of proficiency.
An international test
International partners. IELTS is owned by a global partnership of education and language experts: British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
International consultation. It has been developed in close consultation with academics, professional bodies and immigration authorities around the world.
International content. The IELTS approach is recognised by academics and admissions professionals as being fair, reliable and valid to all candidates, whatever their nationality, cultural background, gender or special needs.
International English. IELTS recognises both British and American English in terms of spelling, grammar and choice of words. It also incorporates a mix of native speaker accents from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US in the listening component.
Accessible and convenient
International House Milan offers IELTS tests at least once a month. Tests are held on Saturdays and Thursdays.
Tried and trusted
IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development.Ask for information
Two IELTS tests: Academic and General
The Academic test is suitable for people wishing to study at tertiary, undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
IELTS General Training
The General Training test is suitable for test takers wishing to train or study at below degree level. It is also suitable for people wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK).
The version you should take is determined by the reason you’re doing the IELTS test. Both versions comprise of four separate parts that assess each of the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking components. There are different Reading and Writing components for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
If you are unsure which version of the test you should take, please contact the organisation or university to which you are applying for confirmation. In some cases both Academic and General Training modules may be accepted.
The level of the test
IELTS provides a valid and accurate assessment of English language proficiency on an easy to use 9-band scale, from minimal ability (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9), as shown in the diagram on the left. Test takers receive an overall band score and individual scores for each test component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). There is no pass or fail in IELTS. This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency.