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Take your IELTS Test at IH Barcelona

We will be resuming tests in January 2021, exact dates to be announced

About the IELTS Test


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most popular high-stakes English language test in the world for higher education, work and global migration. More than 3.5 million people take the IELTS test every year in more than 1,000 locations.

In normal circumstances, IH Barcelona offers test dates every month of the year. Tests are held on Fridays or Saturdays.

FREE online course

FREE online IELTS course

Inside IELTS is a FREE online course for IELTS Academic developed by the IELTS partners.

The course will provide you with:

  • A better understanding of the skills you need to succeed in the IELTS Academic test
  • How to improve your band score - what IELTS examiners are looking for
  • A clear idea about how to study for the test
  • Help developing your academic English skills

The two versions of the IELTS test

There are two versions of the IELTS test and the reason you're doing the IELTS test will decide which version you do:

  • The Academic version is mainly for people who want to do an undergraduate or postgraduate university course or join a professional organisation.
  • The General Training version measures proficiency in a practical, everyday context and is often a Visa requirement for people planning to migrate to an English-speaking country, join a training programme below degree level or do work experience.

If you are applying to an organisation, it's very important to check with them to make sure that you do the correct IELTS test.


IELTS is accepted by more than 9,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies, in over 145 countries around the world.

IELTS is the preferred test of English for students intending to study in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Find out more about International recognition


IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.