IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting one million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system. Visit the IELTS website at http://www.ielts.org
IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the online application form.
'IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
Test centres make every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates. It is our aim for all candidates to be assessed fairly and objectively. If you have a special need, talk to your local test centre when registering. Centres may need three months to organise arrangements.
IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand.
IELTS has a set fee for its test. The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. When you apply online, you will be told the fee.
'If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
If you are away on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee. However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or keep it on you, you will be disqualified.
You do the Listening test first following by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.
Yes. At the beginning, you hear instructions and a sample question. Then you read section 1 questions, listen to section 1 and answer the questions.
No. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time.
No. You must do it in pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.
The Speaking test is a conversation with a certified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audiocassette or a digital recorder.
You must bring the same identification documents you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and used for the rest of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room.
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.
Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. Some test centres also provide SMS alerts and an Online Results Service. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.
Test Report Forms are valid for two years. Copies cannot be sent to candidates but IELTS will forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge. Talk to your test centre for further details.
There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you do additional study before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Official Practice Materials - ask for details.
You can apply for an ‘enquiry on results’ procedure at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.
The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.
IELTS tests are designed to assess candidates' level from beginner through to advanced. However, the test itself is aimed at candidates with an Intermediate and above level.
IELTS test results are valid for two years only.
No. However, to get your best possible score, you may consider taking an IELTS Preparation Class which will familiarise you with the types of questions you will get on the test. We offers a number of IELTS Preparation courses.
IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.
YES. The academic and the non-academic General Training test contain different content, and are taken for different reasons such as immigration, education or employment. It is your responsibility yo ensure you have selected the correct test module. If you are unsure, you should check with the organisation who has asked you to take the test to determine what their requirements are.Please look at the IELTS website for an explanation of the differences between Academic and General Training versions.
NO. The Reading Test is one hour and you must write all your answers on the Answer Sheet in this hour.
YES. The Examiners do not see your Test Questions Papers, so you can make any notes that you like.
NO. The Reading Test is one hour and you must write all your answers on the Answer Sheet in this hour.
- Passport: Only original and current passports are accepted.
- Confirmation Letter (if you have not received your letter, please contact our office at least one week before your test).
- Pencils, Eraser, Pencil sharpener, Clear bottle of water
Only passport, pens, pencils and erasers. Correction fluid must not be used. You must leave anything which you do not need, or which is not allowed, either outside the examination room, or as instructed by the supervisor. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. Any candidate who does not switch off their phone/pager, or who retains one in their possession, will be disqualified.
The IELTS test report form is issued to candidates on the 13th day after the test date. No results can be given over the telephone, by fax or email. Results can be collected from the IELTS reception on the 13th day before 14:00. If results are not collected before 14:00, they will be posted to the address provided. If you want to collect your results please request this on test day (before your speaking interview) or e-mail. Please include your full name, test date, test venue, passport number and candidate number. Results will only be held at the IELTS reception for four weeks and will be posted if not collected within four weeks.
A preview of your results will appear online on the 13th calendar day after the test date. To view your results, select the 'IELTS Preview your test results' icon on this website.
Please Note: The preview of IELTS test results will start at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time (AEST) on the 13th day after the test. The preview of results is gradually rolled out over 24 hours.
If you require your hard copy of the result form, you must collect it from the centre before 2 pm on the 13th day.
You will not be issued with another Test Result form, however you at any time within two years of your test date, you can apply to the Test Centre where you sat the test for up to 5 additional copies of the original certificate. These Test Report Forms will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc.
There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test. HOWEVER you are reminded that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without English language lessons or IELTS preparation courses between tests.
YES. When you repeat a test, all four skills must be tested, regardless of previous results.
Candidates who request a transfer (postponement) or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of their test date, will be charged the full fee.
You may only cancel or change your test date and test details (venue / module) if you give the centre two weeks or more written notice. Cancellations will incur an administrative fee of 25% if approved.
Unless you are absent for medical reasons, you will be charged the full test fee. If you are able to provide a medical certificate you may apply for a medical refund or transfer. Requests for medical refunds or transfers must be submitted within 5 days of the test date. If a request for a medical refund is approved, an administrative fee of 25% will be charged. 75% of the test fee will be refunded.
You should take care when writing answers on the Listening and Reading Answer Sheets as incorrect spelling and grammar are penalised. Both UK and US varieties of spelling are acceptable. If you are asked to write the answer in a specific number of words, you will be penalised if you write more than the required number. In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the Answer Sheet.
If you cancel your IELTS test, you will be charged an administrative fee of 25%. 75% of the test fee will be refunded.
The Test centre makes every effort to cater for the special needs of candidates, to enable them to best understand questions and tasks and to give their answers. It is our aim for the language level of all candidates, irrespective of disability, to be assessed fairly and objectively.
Medical documentation must be emailed to the centre within 24 hours of booking your test online. Candidates with special needs are advised to apply between five weeks and three months in advance to enable appropriate arrangements to be made. Candidates are not able to request special consideration when booking a test less than two weeks prior to the actual test date.
There are no waiting lists. Candidates are advised to apply for the next available test date.
If you move address, you are required to update your address details on your My IELTS Essentials log in. Alternatively, you can complete a Change of Address Form on the day of the test;
From January 1, 2014 candidates are NO longer required to submit passport photographs when booking an IELTS Test.