Candidate Data

Looking at the facts: IELTS worldwide and in Japan.

Global Data

IELTS results are being used across the world by more than 11,000 government agencies, educational institutions, faculties and professional organisations in over 140 countries. Each year, over 3 million IELTS tests are taken around the world.

The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland

Recognized by almost all higher institutes of study.

The United States of America

Recognized by over 3,000 institutes of higher study, including the 8 colleges which comprise the Ivy League.


Recognized at over 2,000 educational institutes.


Recognized as a test for students who wish to study in 13 of the Global 30 Initiative Universities.


IELTS in Japan is jointly administered by the British Council and the Eiken Foundation of Japan.

About the organizations

Eiken Foundation of Japan

The Eiken Foundation of Japan (Eiken) is Japan's largest testing body and a leader in international education. Established in 1963 in cooperation with the Japanese education ministry, Eiken is a nonprofit foundation with a clear purpose: to advance English learning in Japan by providing accessible, affordable assessment tools for learners at all proficiency levels.

British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Established by the government in 1934 it is active in over 100 countries worldwide. The British Council holds English classes, provides information for studying in the UK as well as information on the arts, sciences, and cultural aspects of the UK.

Increase in Candidate Numbers

In Japan, we see a continuous growth in number of candidates each year since Eiken Foundation of Japan started administering IELTS with the British Council in 2010. Paper-based style written test and face-to-face speaking test is broadly accepted by candidates. Also, IELTS results are recognised as the alternative English requirement test by universities and other educational institutions in Japan, and the number of institutional sessions is expected to increase continuously in accordance with the Government’s English Education Reform Plan.

Increase in test locations

IELTS is offered in 16 cities throughout Japan; Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama, Matsumoto/Nagano, Kanazawa, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto. (As of July 2019)

Map of cities where IELTS tests are held
Map of cities where IELTS tests are held

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