IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2020
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IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - The British Council and IDP are the conducting bodies who release the eligibility criteria for IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The IELTS eligibility criteria 2020 per se doesn’t provide for any strict rules that the prospective candidates have to comply with. As the IELTS exam is taken by people who want to pursue studies or employment at an English speaking country. It is provided by the officials that candidates at least above 16 years of age are preferable as per IELTS eligibility criteria. The article below contains aspects related with IELTS 2020 eligibility criteria.


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IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2020

There is no such eligibility criteria for IELTS proposed by officials, but there are some factors that can be taken as important norms to be complied with by candidates aspiring for IELTS as dealt with below.

IELTS Age Criteria 2020

As per the instructions released by British Council and other concerned authorities, it is advisable for candidates above the age of 16 years to take the IELTS exam. Event the application form reflects the IELTS eligibility criteria 2020 in the terms of age wherein, there is a section enquiring candidate’s age where options above 16 years are provided.


There is a disclaimer where the authorities have clearly denied to discriminate on any basis but have mentioned about IELTS eligibility criteria that “it is not recommended to persons under 16 years of age”. Read this article to know, IELTS age criteria & IELTS accepted institutes & organizations.


Why to take IELTS Exam?

IELTS is an exam which is accepted by countries where English is the main language for communication purposes. It might be one of the basis for employment into an organization, or eligibility for admission into a particular institute, or a compulsion for the purpose of migration into a specific country. To know more about the reasons why people take the IELTS exam, refer the table below:

Purpose of taking IELTS

Various fields where IELTS is relevant

Official Page Link

For Migration to Australia, Canada, Newzealand and UK

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For Study (As an evidence of English proficiency)

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For Work

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IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Institutes/ Organizations

As the IELTS exam is one of the basis for work or admissions to academic programmes, or migration, candidates need not only comply with the IELTS eligibility criteria 2020 but also the eligibility requirements of future institutions or organizations. Along with the conditions required for IELTS eligibility criteria, one should check the important conditions provided by organizations for admission into academic or work fields respectively.

Who Accepts IELTS Score?

The IELTS score is accepted by various organizations across the world as one of the necessary parameters for selecting the right candidate suitable for the purpose of employment or academics. The official website contains a section wherein, candidates can select the type of organization, enter they are looking for, location preferred, city or state preferred. This will result in a list of organizations as per information entered by candidates, if any.

Type of organization accepting IELST Score

  • Educational: University, college, training programme

  • Employer: Multinational businesses accepting IELTS

  • Government: Immigration and border control, work departments

  • Professional Registration:

Click here to check the organizations/ universities accepting IELTS Score.

Difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training

The IELTS academic scores are accepted by universities or institutions for higher education in the foreign countries. Admission to the undergraduate or postgraduate courses is based on the results of IELTS academic test. IELTS Academic may also be required to join a professional organisation abroad. In such cases, it is of utmost importance that a candidate should fulfil the IELTS eligibility criteria of such concerned institutions and organisations. In other words, most of the top universities require IELTS academic overall scores of above 7.0 Band and sectional scores not below 6.5 band as IELTS 2020 eligibility criteria.

Coming to IELTS General Training, the test format evaluates a candidate’s general English language for survival in broad society and workplace. Typically, people who move to foreign countries for pursuing vocational education, work experience or engage in training programmes, register for IELTS General Training. Such people have to fulfil the particular organisations' eligibility criteria, regardless of IELTS eligibility criteria 2020. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must appear for the General Training exam and obtain a minimum score of 6 overall Band. The IELTS 2020 exam scores are accepted by institutes and organisations, once the aspirant fulfils other eligibility criteria prescribed by the respective governing body.

IELTS Test Dates 2020

Candidates who comply with the IELTS eligibility criteria and are planning to appear for the exam have to first go through the IELTS test dates and location. One has to select the date and then book for exam they want to appear for, i.e. IELTS academic or IELTS general training. As there is IELTS computer based test and one of paper based, aspirants have to make a choice because the computer based one is conducted more frequently as compared to the paper based test.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: Who can appear for IELTS?


The IELTS eligibility criteria 2020 does not propond any specific conditions for candidates. So, any person above 16 years who wants to pursue studies, wants to work or to get migrated to an English speaking country can appear for IELTS.

Question: Is 6 a good score for IELTS?


The preferable IELTS score can be found at the website of concerned organizations or universities.

Question: What is the validity of IELTS Score?


The IELTS Score or IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for 2 years.

Question: Is a person with physical disability eligible for IELTS?


Yes, IELTS doesn’t discriminate with anyone. Its just that candidates with special abilities have to inform the test centre priorly regarding any kind of special arrangements required.

Question: When does a person become eligible to retake the IELTS?


There is no limit on attempts, hence, candidates can retake the exam at any time.

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If you want to pursue your MS in Germany abroad, first you need to find out which college are you exactly aiming for and then decide to weather go for IELTS/TOEFL. Some universities do accept IELTS and some do accept TOEFL as a proof for your English proficiency. Without proving your English proficiency you can not go for studying Abroad

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Dear Aishwarya,
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hi, i wanted to do mba from Germany with a government college but i have less than 60%(59.7) in my graduation( so am i eligible if not so if i score good in gmat/ielts/toefl will this help me to get the admission in public college of Germany. i have a experience of 2 years in IT.

Sanjay Khandelwal 8th Jan, 2020
For different university and college there are different eligibility criteria, you must have 6-6.5 IELTS score for that, work experience is not compulsory but they will consider during application, they may have interview also. You can do MBA but you must see the criteria in University you wish to desire. In B-School that will not be a problem i think. If you can mention any college then i can help further.

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Leon George 3rd Jan, 2020

Hello Tamaghna,

Yes to get into top business schools in USA, you can either take GRE or GMAT for getting into one of the best and top business schools of USA.

TOEFL and IELTS  are exam for non native English speakers. TOEFL only tests academic subjects whereas the IELTS academic option will have academic reading and writing sections with general listening and speaking sections.

The top business schools in USA are-

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Good coaching institutes for GRE and GMAT are-

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These are some of the best coaching centre for GRE and GMAT

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