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Where will IELTS take you?

If you’ve already started your IELTS journey, you’re in good company. IELTS is the most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. Over 2.7 million tests were taken in 2015 in more than 140 different countries, including China, Australia, India, United Arab Emirates, USA, Canada, Turkey, Mexico and the UK.

So why do so many people choose IELTS? For most, it’s because their test result can open up a whole world of new and exciting opportunities.

Maybe you’re planning to study a course taught in English? Many thousands of universities and colleges throughout the world require an IELTS test score as part of their admissions process. (The band score you need depends on the university and the course you apply for.) University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore are just a few of the famous universities that accept IELTS scores as evidence of English language ability.

IELTS can also help you further your career. The test is accepted by associations in areas such as accounting, engineering, teaching, law, medicine and nursing. A wide range of employers also accept IELTS, from sectors such as banking and finance, government, construction, energy and natural resources, aviation, health and tourism.

Or maybe you’re planning to move to or settle in an English-speaking country and need to prove your language skills as part of your visa or immigration application. IELTS is accepted as proof of language ability by government agencies such as the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

In all, over 9,000 different organisations officially accept IELTS, with more than 3,000 of these located in the USA. IELTS truly is the global test that can take you places.

So where will your IELTS journey take you? Search the list of organisations which accept IELTS test scores.

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