If you want to immigrate to an English-speaking country, you may need to take the IELTS test.
Certain government departments around the world recognise IELTS and may require you to have a certain band score in the IELTS General Training test to register with them. The IELTS score you’ll need to immigrate depends on the particular country you want to immigrate to and the particular visa you want to apply for.
Some government departments may accept a certain band score in the IELTS Academic test.
To see how we’ve helped students get the IELTS score they need to immigrate to English-speaking countries, check out the IELTS success stories below.
For some more advice about preparing for the IELTS test, have a look at ‘How can you prepare for the IELTS test‘ below and check out the videos and tips in the IELTS preparation blog posts at the end of this page.
Which government departments recognise IELTS?
Government departments in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada recognise IELTS as an assessment of English language ability.
In the UK, for example, IELTS is accepted by the United Kingdom Border Agency.
You can check which government departments accept IELTS on the official IELTS website.
What IELTS score do I need to immigrate to an English-speaking country?
The IELTS score you’ll need to apply for a work permit or residence visa in an English-speaking country depends on the country you want to immigrate to and the visa you want to apply for.
Government departments that accept IELTS either require a certain overall band score or award points for particular band scores to be used in your visa application.
As an example, when you apply for a skilled migration visa with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, you’ll be awarded points based on your individual band scores in IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, with a maximum number of points being awarded for a band score 8.0 or above in each of these tests.
You should check the IELTS band score you need with the government immigration department in the country you want to immigrate to.
Student Story: immigration
Zheng Zhe Chao, China – IELTS for university and immigration to New Zealand
Zhechao was studying English in New Zealand and wanted to do a master’s degree at Auckland University. He asked for our help after taking the IELTS test several times and only getting an overall band score of 5.5, with 5.0 for his writing and 5.5 for his speaking. He needed to get an IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
Over the course of a year, we helped Zhechao improve his writing and speaking so that he successfully got an overall band score of 6.5, with a band score 6.0 for his writing and 7.0 for his speaking.
Zhechao was able to start his master’s degree and has since graduated; he has also used his IELTS result to get permanent residency in New Zealand.
Zhechao said “It was one of my lucky moments that I got a chance to meet e-englishteacher.com. The training courses offered are flexible and customized and because of this I could just focus on improving my weaknesses. My course teacher also gave me a lot of encouragement to build my confidence, especially in speaking. Finally I got what I wanted in the IELTS exam. Thank YOU!”.
How can you prepare for the IELTS test?
To give yourself the best chance of getting the IELTS band score you need, it’s important to:
- become familiar with the format of the IELTS test
- understand how your listening, reading, writing and speaking will be assessed
- practice your listening, reading, writing and speaking regularly
- get some feedback on your writing and speaking
To see the format of the IELTS test and to find out how you will be assessed, check out our About IELTS page.
For some more advice about preparing for the IELTS test, have a look at the videos and tips in the IELTS preparation blog posts below.
IELTS preparation blog – IELTS for immigration
Here are some posts from our IELTS preparation blog that you may find useful if you’re preparing to take IELTS for immigration:
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On Monday, I posted an IELTS General Training letter writing task and asked you to think about the purpose of the letter and whether you should write it in a formal tone (i.e. serious and official) or an informal tone (i.e. relaxed and friendly).
I also said I’d post an example answer, and so here it is. Read the full post »
Check out the video below to see Cris, a Chilean candidate, talk about how he got a band score 8.0 in his IELTS listening test.
As you’ll see on the video, Samantha (one of our IELTS tutors) asked Cris why he thinks he got a band score 8.0 in his second listening test when, just a few weeks before, he got a 6.5 in his first test.
In the IELTS test, you may be asked to talk or write about what the governments of countries do (or should do), and so it’s a good idea to think about your views on the role of governments as part of your IELTS preparation.
To give you an idea of the types of question you could get, here are some examples from published IELTS tests: Read the full post »
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