Due to the recent Ottawa Health recommendations regarding reducing the  spread of COVID-19, we are suspending all IELTS testing effective immediately.  Those registered to take tests from March 19 until June 30 will be automatically refunded.  We will update this site when we know exactly when we will resume testing.  We will also be adding some free preparation materials and online classes within the next few days.

Our office is temporarily closed, but we will be responding to emails so please contact us at: ielts@algonquincollege.com

While we wait to resume testing, please consider taking the this time to prepare for your upcoming test.  We invite you to attend a free online IELTS Master Class, facilitated by an experienced IELTS Expert.

These sessions will have a maximum capacity of 30, to allow more personal attention and time to answer any questions you might have.  The IELTS Masterclass will:

·       Include practical tips on how best to enhance your English

·       Provide guidance on the common mistakes to avoid

·       Help you understand the IELTS assessment criteria

·       Give you an opportunity to ask questions

We are currently offering IELTS Masterclasses on:

·       Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 am

·       Thursday, April 30 at 10:30 am

More dates and times will be added soon.

Please sign up now:



We are still offering paper-based testing at all our locations but are also now offering Computer-delivered IELTS testing in Ottawa. 


Why take IELTS?

Numerous organizations recognize the IELTS:

  • Universities, schools, training colleges, tertiary institutes
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies and employers
  • Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship  Canada (IRCC)

Since 1989, IELTS has been trusted worldwide and has proven to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English.

Over 9,000 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations in more than 140 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

In Canada, IELTS is used as a measure of English language proficiency for citizenship, Permanent Residence applications, immigration, skilled worker applications, university entrance requirements, Masters degree programs, and other professional designations.

With over 3 million tests taken in the past year, IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test, accepted for study, work, and migration. IELTS sets the standard for integrity, research, and innovation.

Academic or General?

The Academic Module is used to assess a candidate’s readiness to study in post-secondary institutions where English is the medium of instruction. Professional Registration Organizations often request the IELTS Academic Module.

The General Module is used to assess the general proficiency of candidates wishing to complete secondary school, a training program, or to gain work experience in an English speaking environment. The General Module is also used to assess language proficiency for immigration to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

When in doubt, it is the candidate’s responsibility to contact their Recognizing Organization to determine which module is required.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. www.ielts.org

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