As you narrow down the international schools you plan on applying to, you will notice that most schools that teach their coursework in English have minimum language requirements for admissions. The most commonly used English language exam around the world, particularly in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, is the IELTS test.

You should take this exam at least a month before your application is due to allow sufficient time to have your scores sent to your schools. You can retrieve your IELTS results online two weeks after taking the exam. Be sure to do this early since your scores will no longer be available online after 28 days. If you miss this window, not to worry! You will receive the results of your IELTS test in the mail, which are typically mailed out 13 days after your IELTS test date.

While each school requires different minimum IELTS scores, the general requirement is that you should have at least a 6 or 7 out of 9 to show that you have adequate English proficiency to be well prepared for your academic courses. To make sure that you are properly prepared, the IETLS tests your ability to read, write, speak, and understand – all important skills in order to perform well in your academically strenuous class.

Check out the who, what, where, when and why’s of the IELTS for additional information!