Frequently Asked Questions
Registering for the test
Where can I take IELTS?
IELTS Australia offers over 200 test locations in over 40
countries. Find a test centre near
can I take IELTS?
IELTS is available on 48 fixed
dates a year – up to four times a month on Thursdays and Saturdays,
depending on local demand. Click here
for a list of test dates then contact a test
centre to book your test.
much does it cost?
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 centre.
I book/register for my test?
Click here for
information about booking your
What if I need to postpone or cancel my
Please contact the test centre where you booked your test.
||If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks
before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an
||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
What if I am absent or sick on the day of my
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.
Taking the test
are the test rules?
Test rules and guidelines can be
found on the Notice to Candidates provided in the IELTS Application
. You are also advised to read the Information for Candidates
carefully so that you understand the test format and
know what to expect on test day.
Do I take all parts of the test on the same
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of
the test are always completed immediately after each other and with
no break. You will take the Speaking test up to 7 days either
before or after the test date, depending on the test centre.
What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond
my control (e.g. a transport strike)?
The test centre
may offer you a test on the next available test date.
What can I take into the examination
Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring
the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application
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 if you keep it with you,
you will be disqualified. Find out more about test day.
Which part do I take first?
do the Listening component first followed 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
What is the Speaking test?
Speaking test is a discussion 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. See a sample of the Speaking
test. Read more.
What do I need for the Speaking test?
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.
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.
Can I write in capital letters?
can use all capital letters in the IELTS Reading and Listening
components and also in the Writing component.
Can I write in pencil?
You must write in
pencil for the Listening and Reading components. In the Writing
test, a pen or pencil may be used.
Can I make notes on the Listening and Reading question
Yes. The IELTS Examiner will not see your
How are the tests marked?
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.
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 list of organisations which accept
When will I receive my test results?
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 Citizenship and Immigration
Canada (CIC), or United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) – in this
case, you can receive two. Proof of application to CIC and UKBA
must be provided.
Some test centres provide SMS alerts and you can preview your
Contact your local test centre to
find out more.
How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled
You will only receive
one copy of your Test Report Form, unless you are applying to
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), or United Kingdom Border
Agency (UKBA) – 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 centre 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 centre which issued
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 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
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.
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. Contact your local test centre
for more information.
Download your IELTS Essentials
What if I am not happy with my result?
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.