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IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2021: Minimum Score and Age Criteria, Eligibility Criteria for Australia, UK, New Zealand, Canada

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Sayantani Barman

Study Abroad Expert | Updated On -Jun 9, 2021

Conducting bodies like British Council or IDP hasn’t set any IELTS eligibility criteria. Most universities or educational institutions teach their curriculum in English therefore candidates who pursue to study abroad need to have a basic knowledge of English. There are four major sections in IELTS Exam Pattern- Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening. There is no educational qualification required for those appearing for IELTS. 

IELTS General Training is for candidates to take the exam for employment or immigration purposes whereas IELTS Academic is for those who wish to pursue higher education.

Minimum IELTS Score Required

Each university has a different set of eligibility criteria to select prominent candidates for admissions. IELTS eligibility criteria are different for universities across the world. Before enrolling, candidates must know the class profile of the previous batch to understand the minimum IELTS score required for admissions. 


Mostly 5 countries take IELTS Eligibility criteria for Academic and Immigration purposes. The average overall band score varies from 6-7.5 out of a scale of 9. Most academic institutions take higher scores for IELTS. The score band for those who wish to travel to English-speaking nations for employment purposes is less than the score band for those who pursue higher education. With available data of 2018, Australia makes an increase of 52.89% in Indian student visas (both higher education and vocational education). It is analyzed due to financial growth, Australia accepts a higher number of students in the country. Same with migration statistics available for the UK. Visa granted for Indian nationalities has an increase of 40%. Compared with the last 3 years, the number has doubled. Therefore, candidates wishing to study abroad have to score better in IELTS as compared to those who wish to pursue employment opportunities. 

IELTS Eligibility 2021- Minimum Age Criteria

IELTS is designed for those who wish to pursue a future in English-speaking nations. Conducting bodies like IDP or British Council hasn’t decided any age criteria for IELTS. Any candidate who is above 16 years of age can appear for IELTS irrespective of nationality. There is no upper age limit for students who appear for exams. 

IELTS Eligibility 2021 for English speaking nations

Each country follows its own overall band score as eligibility for IELTS. Mostly the applicants take IELTS to study or work in English-speaking nations. Following are the eligibility criteria for different countries in terms of scoring IELTS. 

IELTS Eligibility for Canada

Canada is one of the most prominent countries for its immigration policies. Every year, lakhs of students travel to Canada either for pursuing higher education or for employment opportunities. IELTS score band will be different for academic and immigration purposes. 

IELTS academic score is required to take admissions in the best universities in Canada. English is the medium of instruction for the students studying in the universities of Canada. Minimum band score for IELTS for Academic is 6.5 or above. 

Universities Accepting IELTS Score

Different universities have distinct IELTS eligibility criteria for admission purposes. The minimum band score can be 6.5 but students who take admissions in universities are selected upon different aspects. Minimum IELTS score is as following 

Universities IELTS Score 
University of Toronto 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 on each band) 
McGill University  6.5 
University of British Columbia  6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 on each band) 
University of Alberta  6.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 on each band) 
McMaster University  6.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 on each band) 
University of Calgary  7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 on each band) 

Those who wish to travel to Canada for employment purposes require to score IELTS. These IELTS scores are translated to Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level. Those who apply for permanent resident visas also need an IELTS score. For permanent resident visas, IELTS score is an important factor to calculate the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) required for applicants. 

CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing  Points per Ability 
7 6.0 6.0-7.0 6.0 6.0 4
8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
10+ 7.5-9.0 8.5-9.0 8.0-9.0 7.5-9.0 6

IELTS Eligibility for UK

The UK government makes changes in English language ability for visa applications. IELTS is the most popular exam for global migration and higher education to grant any kind of UK visas. The applicants require to submit English language proof at the time of visa interview. Other than IELTS Academic and IELTS General training, a new kind of test has been introduced called IELTS Life Skills. In this test, candidates need to prove skills in speaking and listening at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Minimum IELTS Eligibility for the UK is given below

Visa Type  CEFR Level  Skills  IELTS Test and Score 
Tier 1(General)  C1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing  7.0 overall 
Tier 1(Exceptional Talent)  B1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 4.0
Tier 1(Entrepreneur)  B1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 4.0
Tier 2(General) B1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 4.0
Tier 2(Sportsperson) A1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 4.01
Tier 2(Minister of Religion)  B2 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 5.5
Tier 4 (General- Below degree level) B1 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 4.03
Tier 4(General-Degree or above) B2 Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing 5.53
Family of a settled person A1 Listening and Speaking IELTS Life Skills Test at A1 – Pass
To settle or Citizenship 2 B1 Listening and Speaking IELTS Life Skills Test at B1 - Pass 

IELTS Eligibility for Australia

Australia has its own criteria for IELTS eligibility for immigration and higher education. IELTS score will be valid for 2 years from the date on which exam has been taken. For Australian immigration and PR, candidates should have a minimum overall band score of 6. Immigration points for Australia vary with its IELTS score.  Point Allocation in immigration for IELTS score  Australia follows its point-based system for PR and immigration. There are certain key profile factors like education, age, and English language proficiency to get points. If the candidate applies for PR or immigration in Australia, then he must score the most at the language proficiency factor. Point allocation for IELTS score in immigration to Australia is as follows 

IELTS Score  Points
Competent (6 or more) 0
Proficient (7 or more)  10
Superior (8 or more)  20 

For undergraduate degrees in the universities of Australia, candidates need to score a minimum of 6.0 (overall) in IELTS. Similarly for postgraduate degrees, candidates need to score a minimum of 6.5 (overall in IELTS. 

IELTS Eligibility for USA

USA is one of the most powerful countries in the world known for its strong economy, diversified communities, fantastic landscape, and higher GDP. Every year, USA employs lakhs of talented immigrants from overseas. To study in the top universities of USA, candidates need to score a minimum of 7.0 overall in IELTS. There are various kinds of employment visas for USA. Candidates have to get an overview of these working visas.

IELTS Eligibility for New Zealand

If the candidate wants to work or study in New Zealand, then the government requires minimum eligibility criteria for English proficiency. For skilled employment, applicants need to have a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS Academic or General Training test module. Similarly, if an employee is relocating Business Category should have a minimum score of 5 in IELTS General Training or Academic module. Entrepreneur work visa requires an overall band value of 4 whereas investor category requires an overall band score of 3 in IELTS. To study in the top universities of New Zealand, candidates must have a minimum score of 6.5.

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


What should be the minimum age of the candidate to give IELTS?
diya suresh

IELTS conducting bodies IDP and British Council has not specified any age criteria for the exam. Those above 16 years of age can apply for the english proficiency test irrespective of their nationality and gender. There is no upper age limit for the test. Different Universities have different selection score, so read the details before sending the score. To know more visit IELTS Eligibility Criteria 2021.

sadim ansari
Do I need to have a passport before applying for IELTS?
priya negi

While applying for the IELTS application form they will ask you for a photocopy of your passport for identifying your identity so it is good to apply for your passport before applying for the IELTS application.

you can check all the information about how to apply for IELTS Application from the link below.

IELTS Documents Required for Registration.

sandesh kumar
What should be my percentage in graduation to give IELTS?
diya suresh

IELTS exam conducting bodie sincluding British Council or IDp has not specified any strict eligibility norms but as you are sekking admission in English speaking countries, fluency in the language is must. Different countries have different set of guidelines for admissions including that of IELTS cut off score, so look for the details for the country you are interested in. For more information visit IELTS eligibility criteria.

Can someone give IELTS even after having good score in the previous exam?
diya suresh

Yes you can as there is no maximum age limit for the exam. Also the conducting body does not mention any upper age criteria for the exam as well. There are no fixed academic requirements for the eligibility hence everyone who wish to study abroad can take this exam.

alla raja nandini
can I get any scholarship if my score is 6.5in IELTS by the University of Toronto
diya suresh

Scholarship grant and eligibility is dependent on the guidelines of the country as well as the university. It is advisable to check with the University about scholarship eligibility and grant, which might or might not change annually.

prathamesh dhavade
I done operation theatre assistant diploma I HV experience in operation theatre assistant (scrub nurse) for 4yrs Can I apply for ilets
swati srivastava

Hi Prathamesh, Greetings from Collegedunia. Greetings from Collegedunia. IELTS is an english proficiency test. You can apply for this exam. For more details visit: IELTS EXAM

jatin sharma
If I get less than 55% in any subject in graduation. can I still apply?
gurpreet singh

Hi Jatin

There is no such criteria you can still apply for the exam as your college percentage won’t matter for applying

Is 17 years old candidate eligible to give the exam?
aniket ranjan

Hii Priya, Greetings from collegedunia. Yes, you can apply as any candidate who is above 16 years of age can appear for IELTS irrespective of nationality and there is no upper age limit for students who appear for exam. 

preetam oinam
Can an immigrant apply for the IELTS?
swati srivastava

Hi Preetam, Each country specifies its own requirements. you must visit the official website of the country’s institution for details.

gouri kumari
Can I appear for the writing test of the IELTS exam If I didn’t clear it in the first round?
swati srivastava

Hi Gouri, you must clear the first round in order to appear for writing test of IELTS exam. For more details visit: IELTS EXAM

shatakshi patki
What is the minimum age and qualification to apply for IELTS?
aniket ranjan

Hii Shatakshi, Greetings from collegedunia. Any candidate who is above 16 years of age can appear for IELTS irrespective of nationality and no educational qualification is mentioned. For more details Click Here

bhagyashri kene
Can I give IELTS 3 times in a year?
diya suresh

Hi Bhagyashri,

There is no limit to the number of attempts and as such there is no prescribed eligibility norms. For more details click here.

shruti verma
What is the deadline to submit IELTS form this year?
devnath tiwary

Dear Shruti Verma

Greetings from Collegedunia. IELTS is conducted 48 dates in a year up to 4 times a month as per local demand. Candidates can choose the best time slots for IELTS Test. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Exam Dates 2020

kashish tomar
What is the passing score of ielts?
devnath tiwary

Dear Kashish Tomar

Greetings from Collegedunia. The passing score in IELTS is 6.5 out of 9 levels in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking good English through IELTS Examination. To score 6.5 level, you have to score and get a good score in various categories. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Score

uma goenka
What is the pattern of ielts exam?
devnath tiwary

Dear Uma Goenka

Greetings from Collegedunia. IELTS is a globally accepted English Proficiency Test and it is conducted by the British Council or IDP in India.  There are two modes of IELTS Examination – Paper-Delivered and Computer-Delivered. There are also two training given based on two examination patterns that are General and Academic Training. General Training is for the professionals who wish to work in English-Speaking Nations whereas Academic is for students wishing to study outside India. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Exam Pattern and Syllabus 

puja sao
Can I give IELTS after post graduate diploma?
sourajit mukherjee
Can I give IELTS after every two years?
aditi arun

Hello Sourajit,

You can give IELTS as many times as you want as there is no attempt limit.

manika gupta

Hi Sourajit, Fortunately, the IELTS test report form (ITRF) has an extended validity period. It is valid for two years.

ramesh kumar gupta
I have 2 years work experience. Will this increase my chances of admission?
devnath tiwary

Dear Rakesh Kumar Gupta

Greetings from Collegedunia. You have to take IELTS General Training to work abroad and get Visa for English Speaking nation easily. For more information, kindly go through this link – IELTS Training Process

lakshay kakkar
Can a drop out apply for the exam?
aditi arun

Hello Lakshay,

Yes, a drop out can also apply for IELTS as there is no minimum educational qualification required to give the test.

avinash sahu
Is this exam compulsory to take admission in Germany?
swati srivastava

Hi Avinash, IELTS is not compulsory but it will enhance your chances. For more details visit: IELTS EXAM