If you wish to study abroad at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you can take up the IELTS Academic test. This test can also help if you want to enter or register in a professional institution.


On the other hand, you can choose the IELTS General Training test if you wish to migrate to an English-speaking country.


The organisation where you plan to work or study sets the requirements. So, before you register for your test, it’s good to check which one is right for you.

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What is the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training?

If you plan to study in higher education or seek professional registration in an English-speaking country, you might need to take an IELTS Academic.


The General Training test looks at your English-language capabilities in a work or social environment. If you plan to study in secondary education, enroll in vocational training, move abroad for work or migrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, you might need to take an IELTS General Training.