IELTS level required by academic institutions for admission

Just over half (51%) of candidates take the test to enter higher education in a foreign country. The IELTS minimum scores required by academic institutions vary. As a general rule, institutions from English-speaking countries require a higher IELTS band.

United States

The highest IELTS Band required by a university is 8.5, by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University; the only US institution to require this band.
While Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law is listed as requiring an 8.5 on the IELTS website, the school lists an 8.0.
At Saint Louis University, the minimum score is 6.

United Kingdom

The highest IELTS Band required is 8, by the Master of Science degree in Marketing at the University of Warwick .
Most IELTS requirements by universities fall between 5.5 and 7.0.

IELTS use for immigration purposes

A number of Commonwealth countries use IELTS scores as a proof of prospective immigrants’ competence in English


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