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REGISTERING FOR THE TEST

 

‘When can I take IELTS?’

‘IELTS is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand.’

 

‘How much does it cost?’

The Academic and General Training tests are the same cost. You can check the cost of your IELTS test here.

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

TAKING THE TEST

 

 

‘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 can I bring into the examination room?’

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. Stationery, 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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘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. ‘

 

‘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.’

 

TEST RESULTS

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘When will I receive my test results?’

‘You can collect hard copy of your result 13 days after your test date. You can check your results online here . Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.’

 

‘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.  Additional copies will incur a small administration charge.

 

‘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. You can also improve your skills by using the IELTS Official Practice Materials.

 

 

‘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.’