IELTS Eligibility 2020 Minimum Score and Age Criteria

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    Conducting bodies like British Council or IDP haven’t set any minimum eligibility for IELTS 2020. IELTS exam is an English Language Proficiency test taken by candidates who wish to study or work in English speaking nations. Most universities or educational institutions teach its curriculum in English. 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. 

    IELTS Exam Format 2020

    IELTS Exam Format 2020

     Before registration, candidates must know IELTS Format 2020. Exam is conducted in two major formats: IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic. Candidates who wish to pursue higher education or work professionally in English speaking countries write IELTS Academic test. This test assesses academic language capability of the candidate. IELTS General Training is for those candidates who go to English speaking nations for secondary education, or training programs or employment purposes. Conducting bodies test basic skills present in candidates to survive in workplace and social environment. 

    Minimum IELTS Score

    Minimum IELTS Exam Score Required

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


    Mostly 5 countries take IELTS Eligibility criteria for Academic and Immigration purposes. Average overall band score varies 6-7.5 out of scale of 9. Most academic institutions take higher scores for IELTS. Score band for those who wish to travel English speaking nations for employment purposes is less than 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 UK. Visa granted for Indian nationalities has an increase of 40%. Compared with the last 3 years, 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. 

    Age Criteria

    IELTS Eligibility 2020- Minimum Age Criteria

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

    IELTS Eligibility 2020 for English speaking nations

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

    Eligibility for Canada

    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 exam score band will be different for academic and immigration purposes. 

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

    Universities Accepting IELTS Exam Score

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

    UniversitiesIELTS Score 
    University of Toronto6.5 (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 visa, IELTS score is an important factor to calculate Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) required for applicant. 

    CLB LevelSpeakingListeningReadingWriting Points per Ability 
    Eligibility for UK

    IELTS Eligibility for UK

    The UK government makes changes in English language ability for visa applications. IELTS exam is the most popular exam for global migration and higher education to grant any kind of UK visas. The applicants require 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 Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Minimum IELTS Eligibility for UK is given below

    Visa Type CEFR Level Skills IELTS Test and Score 
    Tier 1(General) C1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing 7.0 overall 
    Tier 1(Exceptional Talent) B1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing4.0
    Tier 1(Entrepreneur) B1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing4.0
    Tier 2(General)B1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing4.0
    Tier 2(Sportsperson)A1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing4.01
    Tier 2(Minister of Religion) B2Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing5.5
    Tier 4 (General- Below degree level)B1Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing4.03
    Tier 4(General-Degree or above)B2Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing5.53
    Family of a settled personA1Listening and SpeakingIELTS Life Skills Test at A1 – Pass
    To settle or Citizenship 2B1Listening and SpeakingIELTS Life Skills Test at B1 - Pass 
    Eligibility for Australia

    IELTS Eligibility for Australia

    Australia has its own criteria for IELTS eligibility for immigration and higher education. IELTS exam score will be valid for 2 years from the date on which exam has been taken. For 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 language proficiency factor. Point allocation for IELTS exam score in immigration to Australia are 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. 

    Eligibility for USA

    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 best 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.

    Eligibility for New Zealand

    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 exam. To study in the best 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


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