The IELTS Academic test is for you if you plan to study in higher education or if you are seeking professional registration. It will assess whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.


The IELTS General Training test will measure your English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. It is appropriate for you if you plan to study in high school or a vocational training program.


Check the IELTS requirements of different recognising organisations.

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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.