- What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.
- Which organisations accept IELTS?
IELTS is accepted by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.
- Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) and offered through more than 500 locations in over 130 countries. 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.
- Why are there two versions of the test?
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.
- Which version should I do?
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.
- What is the test format and how long will it take?
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.
- How do I practice and prepare for my test?
The Official IELTS Practice Materials explains the test format in detail and gives you practice tests and answers. You can order your Official IELTS Practice Materials in one of three ways:
- What help is available for disabled candidates?
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.
- Where can I take IELTS?
You can take IELTS in over 500 locations worldwide. Search for your nearest test centre on the IELTS Worldwide Search. IELTS centres have friendly, helpful staff who will help you with the registration process.
- When can I take IELTS?
IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. Check all the test dates for the year or go to your nearest centre to see its next test date.
- How much does it cost?
IELTS has a set fee for its test. The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. To find out the test fee in your local currency, check the IELTS Worldwide Search for your nearest center.
- How do I register for the test?
- Find your nearest IELTS centre and check the test dates to find two options that suit you. Note the deadline for registering for each test date. (You can also see the cost of the test at your centre in local currency on the IELTS Worldwide Search.)
- Check with your organisation or on the Global Recognition System whether you need to sit an Academic or General Training test.
- Organise two identical passport-sized colour photographs, less than six months old, and sign the back of each. You must not wear glasses in your application photographs. Take a photocopy of your current passport – this must be valid and not expired (some centres will accept a national identity card).
- If you want your results to be sent automatically to a university or educational institution, include the correct details in the section on the IELTS Application Form.
- Take your application into your IELTS test centre with your money. If you send it by mail, please talk to your centre about the method of payment.
- Once you have registered, the test center will confirm your IELTS test date, time and venue. Please note the Speaking test can be up to 7 days before or after the test date.
- On the test day, you must bring the same passport or national identity card that you entered on the Application Form.
- What photographs do I need to provide in my IELTS application?
To apply for an IELTS test you will need to provide two identical passport-sized colour photographs that are no more than six months old. You will need to sign the back of each photo. You must not wear glasses in your application photographs.
- What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?
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.
- What if I am absent or sick on the test day?
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.
- Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
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.
- What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond my control (eg a transport strike)?
The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.
- What can I bring into the examination room?
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.
- Which part do I take first?
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.
- What kinds of accents can be heard in the Listening and Speaking tests?
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.
- Does the Listening tape provide instructions and pauses?
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.
The same procedure follows for sections 2, 3 and 4.
In the final 10 minutes, you transfer your answers onto the answer sheet.
- Is there a similar period of 10 minutes in the Reading test to transfer answer?
No. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet in this time.
- Can I use a pen for the Listening and Reading tests?
No. You must do it in pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen.
- Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question papers?
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.
- What is the Speaking test?
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. See a sample of the Speaking test.
- What do I need for the Speaking test?
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.
- How are the tests marked?
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. Find out more about how IELTS is marked.
- Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?
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. To find out more, search the IELTS Global Recognition System for specific organisations and scores.
- When will I recieve my test results?
Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 days after your test date. All test centres will post your Test Report Form to you. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy. Some test centres provide SMS alerts and an online results service.
Contact your local test centre to find out more.
- What if I lose my Test Report Form?
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.
- How can I order more Test Report Forms if my test centre has closed since I took the test?
If the test centre where you took your test has closed we can still send a copy of your Test Report Form to any Receiving Organisation for the first two years after your test. If you have not done so, please check under the IELTS Worldwide Search to make sure that your centre has been closed.
To request a Test Report Form you will need to:
- complete an Application for additional TRFs (from closed centres) form (PDF, 570 KB). It is very important that you complete your Family and Given names exactly as they appear on your identification document
- Submit the form by clicking the Submit button at the end of the form
- Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document that you used when you sat the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the form).
Test Report Forms can only be sent to Receiving Organisations and additional copies will not be sent to the candidate, their families or friends.
There is no charge for this service.
- How soon can I re-sit the test?
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.
- What if I feel my test result is wrong?
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.
- How many days are enough for preparation to get 7 band in all section of ielts examination?
This is a tough question to reply because it is depends on individual’s strength. I would suggest 4 hours per day for 1 month.
- How many hours of study per day required for IELTS study for above 6 band?
It is entirely depends on particular students but 3 hours per day for 30 days is more than sufficient
- How soon can I repeat the test?
There is no limitation on how frequently candidates can sit IELTS. It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature.
- How many times can I take the test?
You may re-take the test as many times as you wish.
- Can I take the test again if I’m rejected because I presented a fake identity document?
No, you can’t take the test again. You will be banned from taking IELTS in future.
- Can I take the test again if it was discovered that I asked somebody else to do the test for me, or took the test for somebody else?
No, you can’t take the test again. You will be banned from taking IELTS in future.
- Can a candidate retest only for the module where he / she did not score well instead of repeating the whole test ?
IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s English proficiency at a given time. It provides not only an indication of ability in a particular module but also an indication of overall ability. This would not be possible if modules were not taken at the same time. Stakeholders require an indication of proficiency at a given time. Stakeholders have expressed a preference for full re-testing to gain an accurate assessment of a candidate’s language proficiency.
- What happens if a candidate is absent on the day of the test without giving prior notice?
The candidate will lose their full test fee. However, if a medical certificate is provided within 5 days of the test date then the full fee is refunded minus a local administrative deduction.
- What happens if a candidate is delayed by circumstances beyond their control (e.g. a transportation strike)?
The test centre offers the candidate an alternative test date as soon as possible.
- What happens if a candidate wants to postpone or cancel their application?
Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will normally be charged the full fee unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request within 5 days of the test date.
This is a Computer-based version of IELTS Only Academic module, presently available Listening & Reading on Computer Writing on Computer OR Paper Test dates
CB IELTS – FAQ
Q. What is Computer-based IELTS (CB IELTS) ?
CB IELTS is s computer-based version of IELTS. It is the same test as the present Pen and Paper test. Just delivered differently. It consists of Listening, Reading and Writing tests. The Listening and Reading test MUST be taken on the Computer. The Writing test can be taken EITHER on Computer OR on Paper.
Q. How do I take Speaking test ? On Computer ?
No. The Speaking tests will be conducted face-to-face, as is presently done.
Q. Can I take both Academic and General Training modules on the CB IELTS ?
No. Presently, only Academic Module is available on the CB IELTS
Q. Where can I take CB IELTS ?
The CB IELTS is available currently at the New Delhi center of IDP: IELTS Australia in India. Other IDP centres will be added in due course.
Q. How can I prepare for the CB IELTS test ?
Please get in touch with the Wisdom Mart for a free orientation / demonstration. Apart from this you can purchase practice material and also undergo a preparatory training program on IELTS with specific emphasis on CB IELTS.
Q. Which is easier, the CB IELTS or the Paper-based test ?
There is NO DIFFERENCE between the computer-based test and the paper-based test. Both tests are SAME, it is just the difference in the test delivery.
Q. Does the TRF for CB IELTS look different from the present
Paper-based IELTS TRF ? No. The TRF will look exactly the same and there is no difference between the TRF of a CB IELTS and a Paper based IELTS.
Q. Will all 4 modules be covered in the same day ?
The Listening, Reading and Writing will be conducted on the same day. Regarding the Speaking test, it will be held on same day, under normal circumstances. However, if is advisable to seek confirmation from the Test Center, 4 days prior to the test date.
Q. Will I get my TRF (results) earlier, if I take CB IELTS ?
NO. The TRF will be released on the 13th day of taking your IELTS test. This is a standard policy followed worldwide by all centers