IELTS FAQ

1. What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which examines English proficiency across the world. IELTS is pivotal for those candidates who want to go in English speaking countries.

2. Where can I take IELTS?

You can take IELTS from IELTS test centers. It provides you more than 200 test locations in 45 countries.

3. How much does it cost?

IELTS test fees differ from country to country. Test fee is equal for both versions of the test (Academic and General Training).

4. How do I book /register for the test?

Your IDP Education or British council student counsellor can succor you in choosing a test date and location.

5. What if I need to delay or cancel my IELTS test?

If you want to delay or cancel your test date then contact with that test centre where you reserved your IELTS test. If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will get a refund minus an administration charge. If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, you will be imposed the full fee unless you have a medical reason. If you are not efficient to appear due to a serious medical condition and give a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will get a refund minus the local administrative cost.

6. Do I take all parts of the test on the same day? Which part do I take first?

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules of the test are always accomplished immediately after each other and with no break and speaking test may be 7 days before or after the test date, depending on the test centre. Either you can also choose the same day for speaking test with other modules or if you wish to complete the Speaking component on a different day, depending on what suits you best. You will do the Listening module first followed by the Reading and Writing modules of the test.

7. What are the test conditions?

Test conditions and guidelines can be found on the IELTS Application Form. You are also directed to skim the Information for Candidates booklet carefully so that you can know about the test format and understand what to require on test day.

8. What can I take into the examination room?

Only pens, pencils and erasers. It is pivotal to bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. All the other things are not allowed in examination room. Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area selected by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or if you keep it with you, you will be disqualified.

9. 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 time of the test 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 may be 7 days before the test or 7 days after the other tests.

10. What is the speaking test?

The Speaking test is a conversation over 11-14 minutes with a certified and highly qualified IELTS Examiner. The Speaking test is made up of three sections. It is recorded on an audiocassette or a digital recorder.

11. What do I require for the Speaking test?

You must bring the same passport/national identity card you issued on your IELTS Application Form and continue to use the same identity documents for each part of the test. Your identity will be checked before you enter the interview room.

12. Can I write in Capital Letters?

Yes, you can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening modules and also in the Writing module.

13. How does the test marked?

IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to report test scores in a constant manner. You get individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score from one to nine.

14. Can I make notes on listening reading question paper?

Off course you can make notes. The examiner who checks your answers of the listening and reading questions will not see your question paper.

15. Can I write with pencil?

You must write with pencil for the Listening and Reading modules. In the Writing test, a pen or pencil may be used.

16. Who sets the pass marks for the IELTS paper?

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

17. When will I receive my test results?

You will receive your test results after 13 calendar days from your test date.

18. How many test report forms (TRFs) am I allowed to?

You will only get one copy of your Test Report Form, if you are applying to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) – in this case, you can get two. Proof of application to CIC and UKBA must be provided. You have to inform to the centre in the case of lost TRF.

19. How can I order more Test Report Forms if my test centre has closed since I took the test?

If the test centre where your test was taken has closed we can still send a copy of your TRF to organizations for two years after your test. To request a Test Report Form you will need to complete an Additional TRF application form. It is very significant 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. Test Report Forms can only be sent to institutions and organizations not to the students, their family or friends. There is no charge for this service.

20. How soon can I re-sit the test?

There is no time limit on sitting the test. However, we strongly suggested you do additional study before taking the test again.

21. What if I am not happy with my result?

You can apply for a re-mark, known as an Enquiry on Results, at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. The candidate may choose which modules are to be re-marked. You must pay an enquiry fee, and that fee will be refunded if your band scores changes .There is a fee of 7,425/- (Rupees Seven Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Five Only) (including Service Tax) for this service.


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