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British Council Iraq
Supporting education in Iraq

Read about our work in partnership with Iraqi institutions and individuals aimed at reconnecting Iraq with the international educational community.

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We can help you find funding for your chosen UK course through our own scholarship schemes and links to other funding organisations.
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Education UK website www.educationuk.org includes all the information you need to know about studying and living in the UK.
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Find out more about IELTS, its test centre network around the world and global organisations or institutions recognising IELTS.
taking an IELTS test

Are you planning to study or train abroad? Are you applying to an institution and need to prove your level of English? Do you need to raise your standard in English? Then we can help you with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

WHERE IS IELTS RECOGNISED?

IELTS is accepted by most UK, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. In the United States it is increasingly gaining recognition as an alternative to TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language).

WHAT TYPE OF IELTS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

You can take either the Academic or General Training Reading and Writing modules. Choose the Academic Reading and Writing module if you are planning to undertake academic study in a higher education institution.

If you are planning to undertake non-academic training or apply for immigration to Australia, Canada or New Zealand, we recommend you take the General Training Reading and Writing modules.

You will be tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking whichever module you decide to take. If you are unsure of which module to take, you can discuss this with the exams officer.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE TEST BE?

You can take the IELTS test in Erbil or Baghdad. Please contact ielts.erbil@britishcouncil.org for test dates and registration procedure in Erbil.

Please contact iraq@britishcouncil.org for test dates and registration procedure in Baghdad.

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules are taken in one day. The Listening module lasts for 30 minutes, the Reading and Writing modules last for 60 minutes for each paper.

The Speaking Module may be taken on the same day of the other three modules, or at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules.

WHEN AND HOW WILL YOU RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS?

IELTS candidates' test results are available 13 days after taking the test.Results will be returned to you as a Test Report Form. There is no pass or fail mark. Scores are given on a band scale of one to nine (with one being a non-user and nine being an expert user of the English language). Download or read through a copy of the IELTS Information for Candidates for more detailed information.

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