Upper Secondary - General Info

A Test that unlocks the future for students aged 16 plus

Students start thinking more seriously about their future studies and careers in secondary school. Those who can prove their English language level with an accredited test have a big advantage – both at university and in the workplace. 

The British Council’s Upper-Secondary English Test helps young adults showcase their English skills.  

Accredited English language qualifications can help students aged 16 and over on the path to a successful and fulfilling future. Our tests are recognised by universities and workplaces around the world and include: IELTS Academic exams – for abilities from A2 to C2.

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Why take IELTS Academic 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the world’s most popular tests – in fact, more than one million people take IELTS exams every year.  IELTS Academic helps students gain entry to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in many of the academic institutions of their choice. 

Choose how

Take the test using computers – online or offline – or using pen and paper. 

Choose where

You can take IELTS with the British Council in hundreds of locations around the world. 

Highly regarded

Organisations in 150 countries accept official IELTS test scores. Developed by some of the world’s leading language assessment experts to test the full range of skills needed to study or work successfully in an English speaking country.

Globally recognised

Highly accessible

Fit for purpose

Comprehensive preparation support

More than 12,500 organisations – academic, employer and governments – accept IELTS. 

Flexible delivery: Take IELTS on paper, computer and online.

Suitable for Academic requirements.

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