The British Council Celebrates 30 Years with IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. Developed in 1989, it was the first test of its kind to assess test taker’s ability in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.




Growing Popularity

IELTS tests taken grew to a record high, reaching 3.5M globally.

Global Acceptance and Delivery


  • Accepted by over 10,000 organisations
  • Delivered in over 140 countries
  • At over 1,200 test centres, worldwide

History of IELTS

  • 1989First IELTS Test

  • 1995Introduction of Academic and General Training test for different purposes

  • 1998Recognised by UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand immigration authority

  • 2007Introduction of half-point scale for Writing and Speaking to allow for better precision in scoring

  • 2010Over 3,000 US institutions, including Ivy League universities, recognise IELTS

  • 2015Became the only English test recognised by UK Visas and Immigration in East Asia

  • 2018Launch of computer-delivered IELTS test for academic and general training

30th Anniversary Offers

As part of the celebrations with IELTS in achieving 30 years of excellence, the British Council has prepared a series of offers for our test takers. Highlights and details of each offer as follow:

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