The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™ is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC, PTE: A, and OPI/OPIc.
IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world.
IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outsides and inside the UK. It also meets requirements for immigration to Australia, where TOEFL and Pearson Test of English Academic is also accepted, and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.