Sitting the test
Where can you sit an IELTS
IELTS has more than 500 test centres in over 120
countries around the world.
What is the test format?
The test has four sections – Listening, Reading, Writing and
Speaking. Candidates must sit all four sections to receive a test
What is the difference
between an Academic and a General Training test?
- There is a choice between the Academic and the General
Training test in the Reading and Writing modules.
- The Academic module
assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in English
at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to
undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of
- The General Training module
is designed to test basic survival skills in a broad social and
educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates
who plan to complete their secondary education in an
English-speaking country, undertake work experience or training
programs, or for immigration requirements to Australia, Canada and
- How is the test administered?
Every aspect of the test is subject to the highest quality
controls, security procedures and integrity management practices.
All test centres follow the same code of practice and IELTS
How is the IELTS test marked?
IELTS uses a unique nine-point scoring system to measure and
report test scores in a consistent manner. Candidates receive
scores for each language skill (listening, reading, writing and
speaking) and an overall band score on a band scale from one to
When do candidates receive
their test scores?
Test results are available to candidates 13 calendar days after
completing the test. A Test Report Form is posted to each
For how long is an IELTS test
IELTS scores are valid for two years.
Using IELTS scores
Who sets the pass standards
Each organisation which recognises the IELTS test sets the
level to meet their individual requirements. Organisations and
institutions can simply add and update their IELTS score
Which countries recognise
IELTS is recognised in 121 countries by more than 6000
institutions, government departments, professional associations
and other organisations. IELTS is the only internationally owned
and globally recognised assessment of English language
Which institutions use IELTS?
More than 6000 institutions, government agencies, professional
associations and other organisations use IELTS for their English
Security and reliability
What measures are in place to guarantee IELTS’
Rigorous processes are applied when producing test materials
to ensure that every version of the test is of a comparable level
of difficulty. This means that IELTS results are consistent
wherever and whenever candidates take the test.
Test markers are tested every two years to retain their
certification and are regularly monitored and evaluated.