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IELTS Cutoff for Top Universities in the World

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Sayantani Barman

Study Abroad Expert | Updated On - Jun 10, 2021

IELTS Cutoff generally ranges from 7 to 8 for the top universities. Universities have a pre-determined sectional cutoff for each of the sections of the IELTS syllabus. Harvard, Stanford, MIT, California Institute of Technology and the other top-ranking universities across the world require IELTS score above 7.  IELTS cutoff varies on the basis of the applied program at specific institutions.

Before starting with the detailed study of IELTS cutoff for universities, let us get a glimpse of what each IELTS band score descriptors state:

  • IELTS Band score 9: Expert
  • IELTS Band score 8: Very good
  • IELTS Band score 7: Good
  • IELTS Band score 6: Competent
  • IELTS Band score 5: Modest
  • IELTS Band score 4: Limited
  • IELTS Band score 3: Extremely limited
  • IELTS Band score 2: Intermittent
  • IELTS Band score 1: Non-user
  • IELTS Band score 0: No traceable information

IELTS Cutoff for Top Universities

The IELTS score is considered a vital performance metric assessing the English proficiency of the candidates. Over 3 million test-takers were noticed taking the exam in 2017. Here we have curated the top universities of the world according to the regions.

IELTS Cutoff for US Universities

US tops the world in terms of education and is home to universities like MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and more. IELTS requirement for most universities in the USA is as follows:

IELTS Cutoff for UK Universities

The UK ranks second in terms of high education and is home to the famous Oxford, Cambridge. The following list will provide the candidates information about the IELTS requirement for the universities in the UK:

IELTS Cutoff for Canadian Universities

The Canadian authorities and universities are quite rigid about the IELTS cutoff required, though the immigration requirements are not that stringent. Let us see the IELTS requirement for Canada:

Name of Institution IELTS Cutoff Rankings (QS)
University of Toronto 6.5-7.0 29
University of British Columbia 6.5 51
McGill University 6.5 35
McMaster University 6.5 140
University of Alberta 6.5 113

IELTS Cutoff for Australian Universities

The IELTS requirement for Australian universities are as follows:

IELTS Cutoff for New Zealand Universities

The following are the top universities of New Zealand with their IELTS cutoff:

Name of Institution IELTS Cutoff Rankings (QS)
University of Auckland 6.0-6.5 83
University of Otago 6.0-6.5 176
Victoria University of Wellington 6.0-6.5 215
University of Canterbury 6.0-6.5 227
University of Waikato 6.0-6.5 375
Massey University 6.0-6.5 272
Lincoln University 6.0-6.5 387
Auckland University of Technology 6.0-6.5 437

IELTS Requirement for Visa Interview

Each candidate is required to submit an English language proficiency score for moving abroad for documentation. IELTS requirements for immigration purposes irrespective of countries are listed below.

IELTS Requirements for UK Immigration Purposes

If you are wondering about migrating to the UK when applying for a visa is a prerequisite.

  • For the tier 1 or general visa to function, the candidate needs to score a 7.0 overall as well as each skill;
  • For tier 1 exceptional visa/tier 1 entrepreneur visa/tier 2 general visa/tier 4 general student visas then the minimum score valid is 4.0 in overall and each skill;
  • Specifically for tier 4 general student visa pursuing a degree level or above the minimum IELTS score required is 5.5 in overall and each skill.

Note: The UK government has mandated the procedure of sitting for the IELTS Life Skills test for speaking and listening. This is necessary for the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) levels A1 and B1, so ensure checking this too.

IELTS Requirements for Australian Immigration Purposes

For Australian immigration, the minimum IELTS score required is 5.5. Nevertheless, aiming for a score of 6 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher always uplifts the application of the candidate.

IELTS Requirements for Canadian Immigration Purposes

In the immigration process of Canada, the candidates need to abide by the minimum requirements of the Canadian Language Benchmarks or CLB. CLB is mandated to assess English language proficiency by demonstrating 12 levels of language in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. It is a vital phenomenon to be considered for both immigration and academic purposes. Read More CEFR and IELTS Levels

IELTS Requirements for New Zealand Immigration Purposes

For migrating to New Zealand, the candidate has to score a minimum of 5.5 in their IELTS exam.

IELTS Requirement for USA Immigration Purposes

A candidate needs to score overall of 6.5 to ensure the smooth functioning of the visa process. IELTS 6.5 score band is a minimum score required in most of the renowned universities too but as they always say, the more the better.

The above details will help the candidates preparing for IELTS to acquire more knowledge about IELTS cutoff and other requirements.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


sourajit mukherjee
After clearing the cutoff of the exam, what should be my next step?

After clearing the cutoff, you must apply for the colleges in which you want to take admission according to the semester. The application form requires personal details, score of IELTS, official transcripts and some other documents. This will be followed by Visa (F student visa) when you will get I-20 or DS-2019 form from the college in which you have taken admission, and obtain documented funding for your first year of study.

What is the cutoff for admission in BS biotechnology at Cambridge University?
rakhisree chatterjee


Minimum English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic1 – normally a minimum overall grade of 7.5, usually with 7.0 or above in each element.
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT) – normally a minimum overall score of 110, with 25 or above in each element.
surabhi s
What is the cutoff for admission in MS Bitoechnology in Australian Universities?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, For most universities offering MS in biotechnology in Australia, the admission requirement is a bachelor's degree with majors in biological sciences. The minimum weighted average must be 60% or above. For the Colleges considering GPA, the minimum requirement is 5.0 on a 7.0 scale.

What is the cutoff for admission in Yale University?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Minimum score requirement is 7.0 for IELTS or 100 for TOEFL (iBT). Many graduate programs have different requirements, a few do not require these scores.

fauzia shahid
What is the minimum cutoff for the University of Melbourne?
common admission test

Hii Fauzia, Greetings from collegedunia. IELTS cut off- minimum requirement for university of Melbourne is 7.0

vanshika chandra
Can I take admission in University in Ireland on the basis of IELTS score?

Dear Vanshika Chandra

Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you can take admission to Ireland University if you have scored a moderate level that is 5-6 out of 9 levels. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Cut-Off in UK

ananya pandey
What is the cut off for admission in New Zealand?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi ananya, The minimum IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.0 with no band scores below 5.5 for undergraduate programs and a total score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0 for postgraduate applications.

Which score is considered good for admission in University in Canada?

Dear Taniksha

Greetings from Collegedunia. A score of 6.5 out of 9 on the IELTS Test is considered good for Admission at University in Canada. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Cut-Off for Canada 2020

What is the cut off of IELTS for admission in Universities in Australia?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Prahasti, For undergraduate courses, the following scores provide an indication of the minimum requirement at most universities: IELTS — overall score of 6.0 to 6.5 (no band less than 5.5 to 6.0) TOEFL (internet-based test) — overall score of 60 to 90.

How much should I score to get admission in Yale University?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Neha, If English is not your first language, Yale expects its candidates to be proficient in English as it is the sole medium of communication. Minimum score requirement is 7.0 for IELTS or 100 for TOEFL (iBT).

What is the cut off of IELTS to get admission in Canadian college?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Nishu, For good universities, it is often a total score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6 per section.

What is the passing score of IELTS?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Neha, No minimum score is required to pass the test. An IELTS result or Test Report Form is issued to all test takers with a score from "band 1" ("non-user") to "band 9" ("expert user") and each institution sets a different threshold. There is also a "band 0" score for those who did not attempt the test.

simran nigam
What documents are required for Visa Interview?

Hey Simran,

The documents required during the Visa Interview might differ from country to country. However, there are some generic documents which you must have with you at the time of visa interview which are:

  1. Appointment/ offer letter from the university you’ve applied to.
  2. Passport: With at least 6 months validity from the intended date of entering into the country.
  3. Passport size picture
  4. English Translations of the documents.