IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2,5 million IELTS tests are taken worldwide each year.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. More than 9,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions - also in USA. In fact, IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

The IELTS test is designed to help you use English in your new life abroad, for study or work. In less than three hours, it will assess all of your English skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The most effective way of testing your English conversation skills is face-to-face. IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test with a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English language communication skills. 

Designed by experts in English language assessment and trusted around the world, you can be sure that IELTS will give a fair and consistent assessment of your English skills.   

WHY TAKE IELTS WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL?

The British Council has more than 80 years’ experience teaching and testing English. We have helped people in more than 130 countries gain English language qualifications that help them make the most of their chances in life. That’s a lot of experience, and it means that if you take an English language test with us, you can be confident that you’ll be well looked after.

Here are just a few reasons why millions of people have taken IELTS with the British Council:  

  • Expert support: from videos and books to online interactive courses, you have access to the best preparation materials to help you do well in your test
  • Free resources: Road to IELTS is the British Council’s popular online preparation course. When you register for an IELTS test with us you also get access to 30 hours of free training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have more than 500 test locations in over 100 countries and you can take it in Belgium every month. This means that you have a huge range of options for where and when you can take your test. .
  • Easy booking: You can book your IELTS test online and take advantage of flexible payment options in euro.
  • Fast results: We guarantee you will be able to see your results online within just 13 days of the date you take your test.
  • Special arrangements: your English language ability will be assessed objectively, regardless of any disability or special needs that you may have. Find out more about how we can facilitate your special arrangements. Please note, you will need a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration. 

IELTS AND THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK

IELTS is recognized by the Council of Europe. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. 

CEFR Level A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
IELTS overall score range 2.5 - 3.5 4.0 - 5.0 5.5 - 6.5 7.0 - 8.0 8.5 - 9.0

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

The British Council is the only IELTS provider in Belgium and Luxembourg. The test is available in Bruxelles every month.

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IELTS est l'examen d’anglais le plus apprécié dans l’éducation supérieure et le plus utilisé pour l’immigration.

IELTS-Examen - Het 'International English Language Testing System' is een test om te kijken of je niveau van de Engelse taal geschikt is om te werken in een bedrijf of te gaan studeren aan een universiteit of opleiding waar de voertaal Engels is. Het diploma wordt erkend door bijna 8,000 onderwijsinstellingen, bedrijven en overheidsinstellingen.

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