If you want to enrol on a university course in an English-speaking country, you may need to take the IELTS test.
Many universities around the world recognise IELTS and may require you to have a certain band score in the IELTS Academic test to enrol on one of their courses. The IELTS score you’ll need to enrol on a university course depends on the particular university you want to go to and the course you want to take.
Some schools, colleges and vocational institutions require you to have a certain band score in the IELTS General Training test.
To see how we’ve helped students get the IELTS score they need to go to university, 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 universities recognise IELTS?
Many universities, including the top universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada, recognise IELTS as an assessment of English language ability.
In the USA, for example, IELTS is accepted by Ivy League schools such as Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities.
You can check which universities accept IELTS on the official IELTS website.
What IELTS band score do I need to enter university?
The IELTS score you’ll need to enrol on a university course depends on the university you want to go to and the course you want to take.
Most universities that accept IELTS require an overall band score of 6.0 in the IELTS Academic test for undergraduate courses and 6.5 in the IELTS Academic test for postgraduate courses.
As an example, to enrol on a post-graduate course at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, you’ll probably need to get an overall band score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic test with no individual band score less than 6.0. (For some post-graduate courses at the University of Auckland, you may be required to get higher band scores).
You should check the IELTS band score you need with your chosen university.
Student Story: uni
Ulan Korabayev, Kazakhstan – IELTS for university
Ulan asked us for some help with his speaking and writing a couple of months before his first IELTS test. He needed to get an overall 6.5 to start a master’s degree in Australia.
He got an overall 6.0 on his first attempt, but a couple of months after that he took the test again and got an overall 7.0.
Ulan told us that he found the feedback we gave him really useful because it helped him understand exactly what he had to do to improve his IELTS band score.
He said “Thank you a lot for helping me to achieve such high results”.
We know that getting to Australia was Ulan’s childhood dream and we wish him all the best with his life down under.
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 university
Here are some posts from our IELTS preparation blog that you may find useful if you’re preparing to take IELTS for university:
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Check out the video below for some tips on how to paraphrase (i.e. reword) IELTS Academic Writing task 1 introductions.
As you probably know, in IELTS Academic Writing task 1 you have to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram, and it’s a good idea to start your writing with a sentence paraphrasing the introduction you are given.
Two words on the Academic Word List that are important for you to learn more about as part of your IELTS preparation are ‘research‘ (the careful study of a subject in order to find out new facts about it) and ‘researcher‘ (a person who carries out research).
If you’re taking the IELTS Academic test, it’s really important that you understand these words because they’ll probably be in at least one of the texts you have to read.
It’s also important that you know how to use these words in case you get an IELTS essay question like the one in my blog post ‘Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?‘.
To help you understand and use the words ‘research’ and ‘researcher’, here are some examples of how they were used in the articles I recommended you read in my post ‘Five days of reading‘: Read the full post »
In your IELTS test, do you think you will plan your essay for IELTS Writing task 2 before you start writing?
A lot of IELTS candidates are so worried about time in the IELTS Writing test that they start their essay without having a clear idea of what they are going to write about.
For those of you who fall into this category, check out the 2-minute essay plans below for the following IELTS essay writing task that an IELTS candidate emailed me. Read the full post »
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