Introduction to IELTS
What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.7 million tests in 2011 globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language proficiency test.
Which organisations accept IELTS?
IELTS is accepted by more than 7,000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. To search for a recognising institution, use the IELTS Global Recognition System.
What are the advantages of the IELTS Test?
Unlike the many other English tests, IELTS tests all four skills. This means that if you achieve your target band score on the IELTS test both you and the college you hope to attend can be confident that you will be able to cope wth English when you start your course. Unlike some other tests IELTS is an international test. This means that if you change your mind about the country you want to study in, your test results will still be recognised if you have taken the IELTS test. It also means that you can take the test in your own country or in the country where you hope to study.
The IELTS test is available at least once a month, at some centres it is run twice a month and, at busy times of the year, every week.
You can take the test as often as you like. The results are sent to you within two weeks.
Where can I take IELTS?
You can take IELTS in over 800 locations worldwide. Search for your nearest test centre on the IELTS Worldwide Search. IELTS centres have friendly, helpful staff that will help you with the registration process.
When can I take IELTS?
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 centre.
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.
Print out the IELTS Application Form or ask your test centre for a copy. Read the information for candidates, terms and conditions, complete the form and sign it. Please make sure you have a valid postal address and use the same name as on your passport.
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 centre 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.