IELTS Statistics

Here are some statistics related to the IELTS exam:

  1. Test takers: In 2020, over 2.9 million IELTS tests were taken worldwide.

  2. Test centers: IELTS tests are available at more than 1,600 test centers in over 140 countries.

  3. Test formats: IELTS is available in two formats: paper-based and computer-based. In 2020, over 70% of IELTS tests were taken on a computer.

  4. Test results: In 2020, the average overall band score for all test takers was 6.5.

  5. Test taker demographics: IELTS test takers come from a wide range of backgrounds and demographics. In 2020, the largest group of test takers were aged between 25 and 34, and the majority of test takers were female.

  6. Test purposes: IELTS is used for a variety of purposes, including academic study, immigration, and employment. In 2020, the most common purpose for taking the IELTS exam was for academic study.

  7. Test scores: The highest possible band score on the IELTS exam is 9. In 2020, only 0.3% of test takers achieved a score of 9 in all four sections of the exam.

It’s worth noting that these statistics are based on data from 2020, which was an unusual year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some of the statistics may not be representative of typical IELTS exam trends.