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IELTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who accepts IELTS?
IELTS score is recognized and accepted by more than 10000 organizations worldwide which includes educational institutions, immigration authorities, government bodies, various professional bodies and multinational companies.
Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?
The IELTS test is jointly owned by three organizations known as the IELTS test partners which are British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). International team of writers contribute to IELTS test materials and the test itself. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased to all who take this test. Content on preparing for IELTS is written and developed by English language experts from all over the world in strict accordance with IELTS parameters.
How many versions of test are there in IELTS?
IELTS has two versions of tests – Academic test and General training test.
Why are there two versions of the test?
IELTS has two versions of test mainly because the Academic test is for those who want to study at a higher level in any university in an English speaking country and the General training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The General training test focuses on basic survival skills in context of a broad social workplace. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but the Reading and Writing tests differ in Academic test and General training test.
Which version of the test do I need to take?
After carefully reading the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, you need to contact the organization or the institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Generally as stated above the Academic test is for those who want to study at a higher level in any university in an English speaking country and the General training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. So please make sure that you know your requirement well in advance before you fill, complete and submit the online application form.
What is the test format and how long will it take?
IELTS has four test components - Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11-14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting however the Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.
When can I take IELTS?
The availability of the IELTS test dates has been segregated into 48 fixed dates in a calendar year which is up to four times a month.
How much does it cost?
IELTS has a set fee for its test. Both tests cost the same, however the fee structure varies from country to country. When you apply online, you will know the fee.
What if I need to postpone or cancel my application?
If for any reason, you reschedule or cancel your test application in 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 fee completely. However, if you provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date, you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.
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 organization sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. You need to contact the respective organization to know more about their requirement in terms of band where you are applying.
When will I receive my test results?
The Test Report Form is posted within 13 days after the test date. Some test centers do have the provision of sending out SMS alerts and an online result service. You should keep your test result form in a secured place as you will receive only one copy of it.
What if I lose my Test Report Form accidentally?
Test Report Forms are valid for two years. Copies cannot be sent to candidates but IELTS can forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies are sent free of charge, however additional copies after that will incur a small administration charge. You can talk with your test centre for further details.
What if I feel my test result is wrong?
If by any chance you feel that your evaluation is wrong, you can apply for an 'enquiry on results' at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. There would be an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if there is a disparity found in the evaluation and if your band score changes. The IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored.