What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system. In Malaysia, the British Council is delivering the IELTS tests in over 7 locations, up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality.


Test for all

There is a choice of two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether the purpose is to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale.


Accessible and convenient

IELTS is offered up to four times a month in more than 125 countries. Tests are usually on Saturdays or Thursdays. For details of test dates, please contact the nearest IELTS test centre. A list of all IELTS test centres worldwide is available at


The international test

IELTS is internationally focused in its content. For example, a range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) is used in the Listening test, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in candidates’ responses in all parts of the test.


The test that is tried and trusted

The quality and security of IELTS can be trusted because it is managed by three reputable, international organizations: British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development.


Global recognition

IELTS is the world’s proven test. Due to its high quality controls, IELTS is accepted by thousands of organizations in over 135 countries.

  • Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies and employers


Test Modules

The IELTS test has four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. There is a choice of Reading and Writing modules – Academic or General Training.

Choose the Academic Module if the plan is to undertake higher education study, or the General Training Module for non-academic training, work experience or for immigration purposes.


Why IELTS with the British Council

Test fee of RM 795 (a special rate only for Curtin students and staff) which includes free access to a 30-hour online preparation course – Road to IELTS.
Free access to the English Language Learning Zone (ELLZ) before the test date
More than 1.5 million candidates in the world take IELTS annually.
Results in only 13 days and also available online.
The best test conditions – clean and comfortable venues, excellent sound system and free stationery.