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Frequently asked questions about the registration process


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IDP: IELTS offers over 200 test locations in 50 countries. Find a test center near you and view a list of available test dates.

The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. To find out the test fee for your country in your local currency, contact your nearest test center.

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Please contact the test centre where you booked your test.

 

If you postpone or cancel your application more than five (5) weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within five (5) weeks of the test date, you will be charged the full fee unless you have a serious medical reason. If you provide a medical certificate within five (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 are unable to attend due to a serious medical condition and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

 

Frequently asked questions about test day


Test Day FAQ

Test rules and guidelines can be found on the Notice to Candidates provided in the IELTS Application Form You are also advised to read the Information for Candidates booklet carefully so that you understand the test format and know what to expect on test day.

The Listening, Reading, and Writing section of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test center, you may also sit the Speaking test on the same day, or it may be scheduled up to 7 days either before or after the test date. If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be taken on the same day.

The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date.

You must bring the valid passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form with you to the test.

 

Only pens, pencils and erasers can be taken if you take the paper-based IELTS

 

Pencils and paper will be provided if you take the computer-delivered IELTS, therefore you will not need to bring your own.

 

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 if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified. Find out more about test day

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be completed on the same day. The order in which these tests are taken may vary. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date. If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be taken on the same day.

The Speaking test is a discussion with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three parts and is recorded.

You must bring the same identification documents (ID) you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same ID for each part of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room.

As IELTS is an international test, a variety of English accents are used in both of these tests.

Typically the pencil has always been recommended for the IELTS Listening and Reading of the test.

In many test centres, we now also require the Writing test to be completed in pencil. This is because gradually, all of our test centres are upgrading to new scanners. These particular scanners work best with a pencil as there is no risk of your answers smudging (whereas there is with pen/ink). These test centres are also using answers sheets with a slightly updated design.

We would like to emphasise that no changes have been made to the test format, content, or marking standards. This is simply an operational change. It is also important to note that if you forget to bring a pencil, the test centre staff can provide a pencil for you.

Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your question paper.

Yes, the computer-delivered IELTS provides a note-taking and highlight function. You can try these functions and familiarise yourself with IELTS on computer 

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening section and also in the Writing section of the IELTS test.

It is vital to fulfill the Writing task, especially Task 2, in order to demonstrate your skills.

 

Writing Task 2 is worth twice as many marks as Task 1. 25 percent of the Writing score for Task 2 (GT and Academic) is based on the completeness of the response. Make sure you respond to all parts of the task. This criterion is referred to as “Task Response”. If all parts of the Writing Task 2 are addressed, a person will score band 6 or higher for this quarter of their Task 2 score. If the task is not fully addressed, an examiner must award less than band 6 for this criterion. So responding to every individual part of a Writing task is very important.

 

The remaining 75 percent of the score for Task 2 in Writing is based on vocabulary, accurate grammar and the structure and linking of ideas. Read the assessment criteria used for Academic and General Training writing tests carefully before your test day.

Frequently asked questions about test results


About Test Result

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 

For most people, there is a different band score achieved for each skill and it is both common and completely normal to have a difference of up to two bands between skills. This occurs regardless of the language being tested and the type of language test taken. Listening and Speaking are the strongest skills for the majority of people.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organization sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements.

It is quite normal for people to score higher on their second sitting because they are more familiar with the time allowed for each section, the Reading answer sheet and the number of words required for the Writing tasks. These are small factors that can lead to score improvement from the first time an IELTS test is taken to the second time the test is taken.

Computer-delivered IELTS: Your Test Report Form (TRF) will be posted 5-7 days after your test date.

 

Paper-based IELTS: Your Test Report Form will be available to you 13 calendar days after your test date. 

 

You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form, unless you are applying to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), or United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – in this case, you can receive two.

 

Some test centers provide SMS alerts and you can preview your results online.

You will only receive one copy of your Test Report Form – unless you are applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – in this case, you can receive two.

 

Up to five (5) copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto you.

 

Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the test center which issued the TRF. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs. If you have lost your TRF, please contact the test center which issued your TRF.

At any time within two years of sitting the test, you can apply to your test centre for up to five additional copies of your original test report form. These copies will NOT be sent to you, but can be sent to universities, embassies, consulates etc. on your behalf. You will only ever receive ONE personal copy of your Test Report Form. 

 

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 the test centre search to make sure that your centre has been closed.

 

To request a Test Report Form you will need to complete an application form for additional TRFs. 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 application form.

There is no limit on sitting the test. However, IELTS recommends you undertake additional study and careful preparation before taking the test again. Some test centers offer preparatory courses and language classes. Contact your local test center for more information.

You can apply for a remark (called an Enquiry on Results) at your test center within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an inquiry 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.

You can change the test your test date!

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If you are taking the IELTS test and have special requirements - due to hearing, visual, learning difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding - we can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test.

 

These include:

·         modified and enlarged print papers

·         Braille papers

·         Braille and enlarged print versions of the Speaking test

·         lip reading version of the Listening test

·         extra time for the Reading and Writing test or use of a computer (e.g. for candidates with dyslexia)

·         a scribe to write answers on your behalf

·         special Listening test (e.g. using amplification equipment and/or lip-reading version of the Listening test for those with hearing difficulties).

Test centers deal with all applications for special arrangements individually. You will be asked for full details of your particular circumstances. They will make every effort to make all the necessary special arrangements for you to complete an IELTS test.

If you are taking the IELTS test and have special requirements - due to hearing, visual, learning difficulties, medical conditions or infant feeding - we can provide a variety of arrangements to support you during the test.

These include:

  • modified and enlarged print papers
  •  Braille papers
  • Braille and enlarged print versions of the Speaking test 
  •  lip reading version of the Listening test
  •  a scribe to write answers on your behalf
  • special Listening test (e.g. using amplification equipment and/or lip-reading version of the Listening test for those with hearing difficulties).

Test centers deal with all applications for special arrangements individually. You will be asked for full details of your particular circumstances. They will make every effort to make all the necessary special arrangements for you to complete an IELTS test.

Whatever your special needs, it is best to contact your local test center as early as possible. Giving adequate notice is necessary for the modified test versions to be prepared and/or special administrative arrangements to be made.

Common myths about the IELTS test


Myths of IELTS

You might hear all sorts of claims about the IELTS test. Be wary about accepting them all as true – there are a lot of myths being said about the test.

 

You must also be aware of scams offering IELTS information. One recent scam asks you to phone China on +86 950 xxxx xxx xxxx. When you phone this number, AUD$100 may be billed to your phone account and your SIM card may also be erased. Please share this warning with your friends.

 

Instead of listening to these false claims about the test, the best thing you could do is to concentrate on improving your English proficiency and follow the preparation advice we provide on this website.

IELTS is no more difficult than any other exam. The questions are straightforward and designed to assess how well you can use your English – not to trick you or test your opinions. As with any exam, IELTS requires thorough preparation.

 

Also, remember that there is no pass or fail in IELTS. The results are reported on a 9-band scale (1 being the lowest, 9 being the highest). This scale has remained consistent for over 20 years.

 

The score you need is determined by the requirements of your visa or the institution/organization to which you are applying. Always remember to check what score you need before you take the test.

This is a common myth. However it is important to understand that the IELTS test will be the same level of difficulty wherever you sit the test. Think about where you will feel most confident taking the test.

 

It is important to recognise that good meals and good sleep in the lead-up to your test will help you perform your best. Also consider how early you need to travel on test day to reach the test centre.

 

Keep in mind that all IELTS examiners in each country receive the same high level of training and are closely monitored to ensure they rate your responses consistently wherever you sit the test.

Smiling can help you feel relaxed which in turn might help you perform better.

 

Every examiner is trained and monitored closely to be fair to every candidate and assess your level of English only. The examiners will not give you more or fewer marks if you are smiling and laughing.

You are not expected to change your accent for the IELTS test. Instead, focus on speaking clearly and at a natural pace so that the examiner can understand you. Practicing your English every day and listening to different native-speaker accents will help you to more clearly pronounce difficult words.

The minimum word limit is important. You must write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. If you write less than this, you will lose marks. However if you write more, this does not mean you will gain marks. Rather it is more important that you use correct English, appropriate grammar, a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

In your Writing and Speaking test, there are no right or wrong opinions. The examiner is assessing how well you can use your English to report information and express ideas.

Practicing sample tests will help you learn what is expected in each part of the test. This is a good test preparation in order to maximize the English skills you have. However, remember that to improve your English you need to use English in everyday contexts – speak it with your friends, write notes and email in English, read English newspapers, listen to English radio.

 

If you feel you need help with your English, you should also consider taking an English course.

IELTS is protected by sophisticated and multi-layered security measures to prevent cheating in order to protect you and the organisations that accept your results. At registration the following identity checks are taken:

·         Your photograph is taken and your finger is scanned when you register or arrive for the test. This photograph and fingerscan is used to ensure that the same person sits every part of the test.

·         Identity checks are also undertaken during the Reading and Writing test and again on check-in for the Speaking test. 

·         All test materials are collected, checked against registration and seat details and double-counted before test takers are released from their test session.

·         All test centres are regularly monitored and audited.

·         Test papers are printed on high-security paper and distributed automatically to test centres without human intervention.

·         Every test paper includes a unique combination of questions – no two tests are the same.

·         Systems are in place to automatically and routinely scrutinise test results. In the event that any anomaly is identified, the candidate, Test Centre and any organisation that has been sent the result are notified and appropriate action is taken which may include cancellation of an individual’s result.

·         IELTS makes it easy for universities, employers and government to check the validity of results at any time, using a secure verification system.

·         Any malpractice, which includes getting somebody else to sit the test on your behalf, will result in being disqualified from the test. Details of the malpractice will also be passed on to any organisations to which you have applied, including relevant visa processing authorities.

For a full list of terms and conditions please refer to the IELTS Application Form

IELTS is protected by sophisticated and multi-layered security measures to prevent cheating in order to protect you and the organizations that accept your results. At registration the following identity checks are taken:

  • Your photograph is taken and your finger is scanned when you register or arrive for the test. This photograph and fingerscan is used to ensure that the same person sits every part of the test.
  • Identity checks are also undertaken during the Reading and Writing test and again on check-in for the Speaking test. 
  • All test materials are collected, checked against registration and seat details and double-counted before test takers are released from their test session.
  • All test centers are regularly monitored and audited.
  • Test papers are printed on high-security paper and distributed automatically to test centers without human intervention.
  • Every test paper includes a unique combination of questions – no two tests are the same.
  • Systems are in place to automatically and routinely scrutinise test results. In the event that any anomaly is identified, the candidate, Test Centre and any organization that has been sent the result are notified and appropriate action is taken which may include cancellation of an individual’s result. 
  • IELTS makes it easy for universities, employers and government to check the validity of results at any time, using a secure verification system.
  • Any malpractice, which includes getting somebody else to sit the test on your behalf, will result in being disqualified from the test. Details of the malpractice will also be passed on to any organizations to which you have applied, including relevant visa processing authorities.
For a full list of terms and conditions please refer to the IELTS Application Form

Thousands of educational institutions, employers, and professional registration bodies accept IELTS because it is high quality and fair test. This is why IELTS is also accepted by more governments for migration purposes than any other test.

 

The institution/organization to which you are applying will determine the level of English you need.



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