What is IELTS?

1.5 million people each year take the IELTS test to open up prospects in the English-speaking world and beyond.

IELTS is your international passport to opportunity. Whatever your aspirations are – whether they are related to your study, career or life in general – IELTS can help you achieve them.

The test conforms to the highest international standards of language skills assessment and is designed to assess the language skills of candidates who wish to study or work in countries where English is the language of communication.


IELTS is recognised and accepted worldwide by over 6,000 organisations and faculties across different sectors. With such wide international recognition, a good IELTS score will take you further than any other test.

IELTS is recognised all over the world. It is accepted by educational institutions in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and in European neighbours such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium, as well as many other countries as proof of the required language skills. Additionally, over 2,500 university institutions in the USA also recognise IELTS scores for admission purposes, including all the Ivy League colleges. Many other organisations around the world use IELTS scores for a range of purposes, such as immigration, recruitment, professional registration and entry to training courses.

In Greece, leading educational institutions, professional organisations, private sector employers and government agencies, including ASEP, recognise IELTS scores as a valid and trusted proof of English knowledge.

You can search for educational institutions, professional organisations, employers and government agencies recognising the IELTS around the world with the Global Recognition System, an interactive tool which can also be used to check organisations’ minimum IELTS score requirements.

As a general rule it is recommended that a Test Report Form issued more than years ago should only be accepted as evidence of present level of English language ability if accompanied by a proof that candidates have actively maintained or tried to improve their level of English language proficiency. Test Report Forms will not be issued for tests taken more than two years ago.


You can take the IELTS exam in Athens and Thessaloniki twice a month throughout the year. IELTS exams are also conducted in other towns throughout Greece on specified dates. If there is a large number of candidates preparing for IELTS outside Athens or Thessaloniki, we may be able to bring the exam to you. If you are in Macedonia, Thessaly or Thrace, contact our office in Thessaloniki. For other areas, please contact our Athens office. See below for contact details.

Results are available in just THIRTEEN (13) DAYS.

IELTS assesses your ability to use English in real-world situations. The subjects reflect the situations you could find yourself in, such as taking lecture notes as a student or trying to get your heating fixed quickly to face British winter.

The test covers all four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and is offered in two test formats: Academic and General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules, while Reading and Writing are offered as Academic or General Training Modules.

The Academic Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. The General Training Modules emphasise communication in a broad social and educational context and are designed for candidates who plan to work, live or study at a secondary or vocational level in an English-speaking environment.

Candidates receive scores for each of the four language skills, but there is also an Overall

Score. They are assessed on a Scale from 1 (Non User) to 9 (Expert User).