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When you’re embarking on your academic journey, picking the right English proficiency test isn’t just a box to check - it’s a crucial step on your path to success. An internationally recognised test like IELTS is more than just a test. It’s trusted globally to open doors to new opportunities.

Worldwide, many renowned universities trust and accept IELTS as proof of English proficiency. Beyond studies, IELTS scores are recognised in professional fields and for immigration purposes worldwide. This broad recognition means that whether you’re applying for a job or a visa, IELTS opens doors.

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Why choose IELTS over others?

IELTS is the most recognised English test because of its fair and high quality testing. It’s trusted by over 12,000 organisations in more than 140 countries worldwide. 

Of course, there are other English tests available, but it's worth noting that all leading universities and professional bodies accept IELTS, underscoring our test's unmatched quality and trustworthiness. Our reputation is built on rigorous standards and widespread recognition.

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Employers and professional bodies around the world also rely on IELTS to help them select the right people. For example, if you want to become an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia, you must get a positive skills assessment from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). for assessment purposes. This exclusive recognition speaks volumes about the trust and preference IELTS enjoys in both academic circles and beyond.

It’s important to choose a trusted English test like IELTS. Requirements may change but IELTS remains the benchmark when it comes to English proficiency tests, making it the trusted standard.

Consistent and clear requirements

IELTS has always been clear and straightforward. Top universities like University of Melbourne and UNSW stick to a consistent minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for undergraduate degrees, whereas the score for other tests may change, making it unclear which score to aim for.

Recently, Australian universities are correcting English language standards to focus on quality applicants.

University of Melbourne

While IELTS scores remain unchanged, the University of Melbourne has reviewed their equivalency settings of PTE-A against the IELTS standard benchmark:


PTE (old)

PTE (new)

Overall 6.0



Overall 6.5



Overall 7.0



Curtin University

Curtin University has recently completed a review of our English requirements for meeting entry into all courses offered by Curtin. There are no changes to IELTS but the following changes to the PTE Academic scores will apply:


PTE (old)

PTE (new)

Overall 6.5



No sub score below 6




  • There are currently no offers and CoEs issued to students (India and Nepal) with PTE scores.

With IELTS, your score remains unchanged. It’s trusted by universities, making it the most reliable choice for you.

By choosing IELTS, you have clear goals to work towards for each skill, which can be used to apply for different universities across the world. This way, you know exactly what you need to aim for - no last-minute surprises or confusing changes that can throw you off your game.

Setting You Up for Success with IELTS

IELTS is designed to help you succeed, not just to test your skills. Each of the four sections - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - has clear band scores and test format, making the preparation easy and focused. Through preparation, you’ll be able to improve your English proficiency and acquire transferrable life-long skills that you can use to prepare you for study or work.

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IELTS offers a wide range of official preparation resources, including many that are available for free. Explore IELTS Prepare for everything from practice tests to videos and webinars, providing you with tailored learning tools for each skill, so you're well-prepared to hit your target scores.

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If you need to improve on one part of the test, you can retake just that section through the IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) - no need to sit a full test again like you’d need to with other tests.

With IELTS, the Speaking test feels more like a real conversation. You’ll talk to a human examiner who understands and accepts different accents and can clarify questions without rushing you.

Choosing IELTS is to choose a widely trusted standard, unlike other tests that have ambiguous or unclear requirements. For aspiring students and professionals like you, IELTS is all you need to study, work, or migrate internationally.

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Published on May 20, 2024

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