IELTS FAQ

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General FAQs:

What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS exam is designed to assess English proficiency of a candidate who wants to study or train in a college or university or wants to migrate to an English-speaking county. IELTS provides a profile of a candidate's English proficiency and the profile contains an indication of a candidate's ability in a particular module as well as an indication of overall ability.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

For you, the IELTS score is a proof of your English proficiency in general. IELTS is recognised worldwide and that's why if you have a good IELTS score, you can use this test result as proof of your proficiency in handling English as a second language. If you want to migrate to a country where English is spoken or want to get enrolled in a college or university, IELTS test result speaks for your English Language skill.

What is the purpose of IELTS test?

The purpose of the IELTS exam is to test the candidates' ability to handle English language who want to study or work in a country where English is the language of communication. IELTS result is also necessary for the immigration purposes.

Each year millions of people take the IELTS exam to achieve a score that would prove their English language proficiency. IELTS is one of the most widely accepted international exams. IELTS exam is available for students and immigration applicants to demonstrate their English language proficiency for specific purposes.

Not necessarily you will get admission to a foreign university or get a visa to live there because of your IELTS score. But the college/ university you are going to apply to or the immigration authority will ask for an accepted proof of your English skill and your IELTS score serves this purpose just fine.

Who owns the IELTS test?

IELTS is owned and administered jointly by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). These organisations set the exam standard, maintain the IELTS exam, monitor the standard, review and change the exam format and everything related to the IELTS exam.

Who writes the IELTS test questions?

International teams of writers affiliated with the IELTS Authority contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. IELTS test writers are from different English-speaking countries and they develop IELTS content. So it reflects real-life situations.

Which countries accept IELTS Score?

IELTS is accepted as a standardised international language test system for English language proficiency by a whole range of institutions. These include the majority of all educational establishments operating in English in Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand. The US educational institutions are also now starting to use it. Many international immigration services also use the IELTS as well as various professional organisations including the British and Australian Medical Councils and the UK Ministry of Defence.

In most of the countries where university courses are offered in English or people speak English to communicate, IELTS score is accepted as a proof of your English proficiency. Many European countries where English is not the first or even the second language would ask for IELTS test score to accept admission to a university or college that offers courses in English.

Simply consider the fact that, IELTS is a test that demonstrates a candidate's English proficiency and this exam and its score is accepted worldwide wherever you need to show a proof of your English proficiency level.

Which organisations accept IELTS?

IELTS test result is accepted by more than 10,000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies.

What is computer-based IELTS (CB IELTS)?

The computer-based version of IELTS is an alternative to paper-and-pencil based IELTS exam. This test is also called CB IELTS and this was introduced in May 2005. You can sit for any of the two types. However, computer-based IELTS is only available for academic modules at selected centres only. To find out, if your nearby test centre offers the computer-based IELT, you will need to contact them.

The Reading and Listening modules in CB IELTS are conducted using a computer and the writing module can be done on a computer or in a paper based on candidate's preference. However, the speaking module would still be administered the way it had been, i.e. face-to-face interview session with an examiner.

How much does it cost to take IELTS?

The cost of the IELTS exam is not fixed. It is set by test centres. Fees may vary depending on the country and test centre. On an average, the cost is approximately £170 GBP, €200 Euros or $215–240 USD. You can find the exact fees from the official IELTS website by locating your nearby test centre from  https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location

Can IELTS be an alternative to TOEFL?

The answer is YES and NO. Both IELTS and TOEFL are designed to evaluate the test takers' English language skills for academic and communication purposes. Though the exam formats of these two exams are similar, there are few differences as well. You can take either TOEFL or IELTS if the college or university you are going to apply accepts either one. If they have any strict requirement for TOEFL, your IELTS score won’t be accepted. But in practice, most of the colleges, universities and immigration authorities accept both of these exams.

It is commonly known that the USA universities prefer TOEFL score whereas European and other universities accept IELTS. But recently the USA has agreed to recognise IELTS and accept either IELTS or TOEFL for admission purposes and hence they will accept both test results. However, there are still some institutes and universities those want a TOEFL score and do not accept IELTS. For an updated list of the universities those accept IELTS, please visit https://www.ielts.org/

To be on safe side, double check with your university or immigration authority before taking an exam.

In which Countries IELTS exam is taken?

The IELTS test is taken every year across 140 countries and the number is rapidly growing. It is not far away when all of the countries of the world would have IELTS test centres. To find the complete list click on « IELTS CENTERS ». It is one of the fastest growing English language tests in the world, and sets the standard in integrity, research and innovation and that's why candidates from all around the globe are taking this exam.

Can a native English speaker take the IELTS exam?

Yes, a candidate who speaks English as the first language can take IELTS exam. There is no restriction imposed on that.

If you are a native English speaker and studied your previous degrees from institutions where English was used as part of the academic practice, you can be exempted to supply the IETLS score to the intended university/ college or in immigration offices. Contact with the university or college you are going to get admitted or contact the immigration office to be sure if you need this test to prove your English skill or not.

Does the IELTS test differ in various parts of the world?

IELTS is a global standard test. It does not assess candidates from different geographical location differently. However, the questions may vary depending on the test locations or centres. But the IELTS authority strictly maintains the standard and questions format in all locations. You are likely to get a different question set for a different geographic location but the standard of the questions, test and evaluation would be same.

There are some misconceptions that certain test centres' exams are easy compared to others, a native examiner would be hard to convince in speaking exam ... etc. But don't worry about these misconceptions and strictly focus on your exam preparation.

Can I get a better score at an IELTS test centre than at others?

Absolutely NOT! IELTS officials use many means to ensure standardisation of Band Scores throughout the world. Of course, it could be true that taking IELTS in an English speaking country is beneficial, but only because you are being exposed to English every day not because taking the test there would give you any privilege regarding the exam.

IELTS questions, tests and result standards are strictly maintained all over the world. 

Focus on your preparation and improve your English skill, you will get a high band score from your nearby test centre.

What is IELTS Life Skills test?

IELTS Life Skills is a test for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1.

To learn more about IELTS Life Skills Test visit:

IELTS Life Skills test results are available within a week of the test. You will not be assigned any band score for this test and get one of two results- Pass or Fail. A 'pass' means you can use the result for your visa application and a 'fail' means that you have not been successful in the test and your test cannot be used for your visa application.

Which organisations, apart from universities, accept IELTS?

Immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies accept IELTS. Every time you need to prove your proficiency in the English language, you can use IELTS result.

 

Test Formats:

What are the two versions of IELTS?

IELTS test is available in two formatsAcademic and General Training.

» Academic Module is suitable for those who are going to apply for further studies and professional registration. If you are planning to get admitted in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at a college or university where English is necessary, you should take the Academic IELTS test. In fact, your university would ask your academic IELTS score for that. General Training IELTS score might not be accepted for this purpose.

» General Training Module  is appropriate for those who are going to English-speaking countries to complete work experience and training program, do secondary level education, or applying to migrate to a country where English is spoken. General training IELTS tests the candidates' communication skill, which is needed for people who are not native English speakers and want to migrate to a country where English is the language of communication. The university or the immigration authority who will be receiving your papers can tell you in prior which form of IELTS you are required to complete. So, if you have any confusion, contacting the corresponding authority would be the best thing to do.

What are the differences between Academic and GT version of IELTS?

The Academic Version of IELTS is designed and intended for those who want to get themselves admitted in universities or any other higher educational institutes for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and for professionals who want to study or practice in an English-speaking country.

The General Training (GT) IELTS is intended for those who are willing to gain work experience, undertake non-academic training or for immigration purposes. It is also accepted to enrol in the secondary level of education.

The listening and speaking sections are exactly the same both for the Academic and General Training IELTS candidates. The reading and writing sections differ. For academic IELTS candidates, the reading passages are longer and are generally related to academic reading. On the contrary, the GT readings are designed to test the general instruction and basic reading ability. In writing part, the Academic candidates need to write a report or summary from a given chart, graph or diagram whereas the General Training candidates need to write a letter related to real-life issues.

Which version should I do? Should I take Academic or GT IELTS?

IELTS Academic version is intended for those who want to study in a college or university where the medium of instruction is English, as well as for medical professionals who want to practice abroad. This test designed for academic purposes except for secondary education level in which GT IELTS is preferred.

The IELTS General Module is for those who want to emigrate to an English speaking country, undergo practical vocational training, or do a work placement. Before you register we strongly advise you to check directly with the institution you are doing the test for. It is your responsibility to choose the test version that suits your purpose.

Consider the fact that, you need an academic IELTS score (as the name implies) to get admitted in an academic (be it a college or university). For general training or immigration purposes, you would require the General Training IELTS score.

If you have an academic IELTS IELTS score, that would be usually accepted for secondary education or training purposes as well. But GT IELTS score might not be accepted by the college/ university authority where you are planning to complete your undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

It is advisable to contact the appropriate authority who would be processing your papers (admission/ training or immigration) to be sure which version if IELTS you are required to take.

What are the 4 sections of IELTS?

There are 4 sections or modules in IELTS: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but Reading and Writing tests vary depending on whether a candidate is taking the Academic IELTS test or the General Training IELTS test.

The Academic Reading test examines the candidates' ability to read and extract specific information from the reading materials. The reading passages are generally of academic interests and are designed to test how well the candidates would be able to conduct their academic reading where skimming and finding information, understanding themes of reading are necessary. 

The General Training Reading module tests candidates' ability to find specific instructions or information from reading materials which are generally found in everyday life.

The Academic Writing module tests candidates' ability to write a summary of a given illustration and the ability to write an essay on a given issue. The presentation, writing pattern, lexical resources, coherence and relevancy etc. are tested in writing task two (essay writing).

The General Training Writing examines the test takers skill on writing letters, applications as well as essay writing ability.

Note that the writing task two i.e. essay writing is same both for the Academic and GT IELTS test takers. 

The Listening part test examinees' ability to understand the language and then recall the information heard.

The Speaking part tests the candidates' ability to introduce themselves, talk about known issues, giving details of their background, discussing in details about general, social and international issues of common interest, the vocabulary, fluency and overall speaking skills.

What is the IELTS test format and how long will it take me to finish the exam?

IELTS exam (both GT and Academic) has four parts or sections:

Listening: Duration - 30 minutes, questions - 40.
Reading: Duration - 60 minutes, questions - 40.
Writing: Duration - 60 minutes, 2 tasks.
Speaking: Duration 11–14 minutes, a three-part conversation with an examiner.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

I want to migrate to an English-speaking country. Should I take GT IELTS?

Yes, GT IELTS is the one you should take.

Can I take Academic IELTS if I want to migrate to an English-speaking country?

You should take GT IELTS Instead.
 

Registering for the Test:

When can I take IELTS?

IELTS test is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. You should check with your local test centre for available schedules. To find it online, visit - https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/registerforyourtest

Where are the IELTS test centres?

IELTS test centres can be found in almost all of the countries including yours. If you have seen a British Council, IDP or ESOL Examination office somewhere in your locality, you can get details from there.

For a comprehensive and most recent list of the IELTS test centres go to the page https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location

Select your country name and the city you live in, it will show all of the IELTS test centres around your locality.

What is the minimum age requirement for IELTS?

IELTS is recommended for candidates over the age of 16. In another word, to take the IELTS test, a candidate should be minimum 16 years old. In case you are less than 18, you will receive the Minor Consent Form which must be signed by your parents or legal guardian in order to let you take the test, and returned to the test centre by email.

I am not 18 yet. What should I do to take IELTS?

If you are below 18, you will receive the Minor Consent Form, together with your timetable. This must be signed by your parents or legal guardian in order to let you take the test, and returned to us by email. If you do not have the possibility to send it by email within the established deadline, you will have to bring the original on the day of the first test component you will attend.

What should I bring to complete my IELTS registration?

You will need the following to register yourself for the IELTS exam:

1. Registration fee (you can pay in your local currency).
2. Valid Passport or National Identity Card.
3. Two copy colour passport size photographs.
4. Country and Language code.

Don't worry if you do not know the Country and Language code. You can find it at the help desk of the test centre or browse the country codes from https://www.ielts.org/-/media/pdfs/application-form.ashx?la=en

The above-mentioned materials and papers are usually required for the IELTS exam registration. However, the requirement might change and you should always contact the local IELTS authority before going there for registration. They can give you the details of the requirement for IELTS registration. Check the list and make sure you have all the necessary papers and materials for the registration process.

How do I book/register for my IELTS GT test online?

Many IELTS test centres offer a convenient online booking system. To book your IELTS online you need to upload a clear colour scan or photo of your passport and use your credit card to finalise the payment. Once the online registration is complete, you will get a confirmation message.

How do I book/register for my IELTS GT test online?

If the problem is related to your Internet connection, wait for a few minutes and then try again. If this is related to uploading your ID document or payment by credit card, please contact the Test Centre by selecting “Assistance for online registration, ID upload, payment”. Keep in mind- the scan-copy of your ID must be in colour and must include the parts of the document with the photograph of the bearer, signature, ID document number and personal details.

Can I change my test date or venue once I register for the test?

Yes, you can change the exam date and/or test venue once you register for the test. However, it is subject to availability and you have to apply for the change two weeks before your exam date. If it is less than 14 days or two weeks, you are not allowed to change your test date and venue. You cannot change it to a different calendar year either.

This will cost you a transfer fee of 35€. To ask for a transfer please phone the administration centre responsible for the test location you chose.

Can I change my speaking test date?

Usually, you cannot change the speaking test date alone. In case, you want to change the whole schedule, you have to pay a fee of 35€ and apply for it not less than 14 days before the exam date.

In case you have any serious health problem and can show related medical certificates, you can transfer your speaking test date without any charge. You have to contact the test centre in advance for that.

Can I use a driving license/student ID card as a proof of my identity?

NO, driving licenses and student Identity Cards are not acceptable forms of identification for the IELTS registration and test. Candidates must have a valid passport or accepted identity card like Social Security Card, National ID card to register for the IELTS exam. The ID document specified on the application form has to be brought along on the test day.

Please note that Non-EU nationals must carry their passport as a proof of their identity.

Using the Passport is the best form of presenting your identification.

What can I do if I want 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.

You can download the refund claim form from https://www.britishcouncil.it/sites/default/files/refund_claim_form_en.pdf

Browse detailed Transfer, Cancellation And Refund Policy

Which one is better - British Council or IDP for taking IELTS?

Both maintain the same standard and hence none is better than the other. Don't listen to myths and waste your time deciding which one you should choose as your IELTS test authority.

 

Taking the test:

How long does the IELTS exam take?

IELTS examination takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. The time schedules for the Reading, Writing and Listening sections are fixed but for the speaking section that may vary.

Reading and Writing sections each one takes 1 hour or 60 minutes. The listening test takes 30 minutes. The speaking part usually lasts for 11-14 minutes but there is no fixed time limit for the interview or speaking section.

For details of the IELTS exam structure please visit About IELTS

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. So you should be prepared to take the Speaking exam on a day and then take the rest of the test on a different date.

How can I get the test venue address and the exam timetable?

Once you register for the test, you will receive an email, usually 5-7 days before the exam date with details on test venue address and the timetable of the tests.

When should I arrive at the exam centre?

After you reach the exam centre, your identification (Passport or National Identification Card) would be checked. You will be asked to submit any gadget or bag you bring with you, take Test Day Photography and then allowed to enter the exam centre. All there process takes up to 30 minutes. So it is advisable that you reach your exam centre at least one hour before your exam timetable.

Is there a break between the reading and writing test?

No, there is no break between the reading and writing test. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break in between.

What is Test Day Photography? Why does the test centre take it?

Certain test locations have introduced a new procedure for enhancing IELTS test security that involves taking and authenticating photographs of test takers on the test day. Under this new procedure, IELTS administration staff will take an individual, passport style, photograph of all candidates present on the test day. The photograph will normally be taken on the day of the speaking test. The test day photograph will be printed on candidates’ Test Report Forms, and will only be used for test related purpose (including but not limited to Test Report Form issuance, receiving organization verification, etc.) in accordance with national and international data protection law.
It usually takes 30 seconds per candidate on average to take the test day photo.

What if I become ill during the IELTS test?

If you get seriously ill during the test, you should report it to the test supervisor immediately. Then the test centre will take special care of the situation and might give special consideration. No consideration or favour is possible if it is not brought to the attention of the test supervisor.

Your test is important to report to the test supervisor as soon as you feel sick and you might get a favour.

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 happens if I'm unable to appear for the IELTS test?

Don't consider IELTS exam as if it is one of your class tests where you can contact your course teacher or administrative officer and take the exam at an alternative schedule. IELTS tests are pre-scheduled and you won't get an alternative exam schedule if you miss your exam for no valid reason.

There are some unavoidable reasons that might prevent you from taking the exams. If you fail to appear for IELTS test for no valid reason, you will be treated as a 'No Show' candidate by the IELTS exam authority. No refunds will be possible for a 'no shows' candidate. However, there are some special circumstances under which your application may be considered with some conditions. Acceptance of your form is subject to approval by the test centre and if you can't give a strong reason for supporting papers you won't get any refund.

What if I am delayed by circumstances beyond my control?

The test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date if it feels that the circumstance ( for instance, transport strike or natural calamities) was really beyond your control. However, you should immediately notify the test centre for such unavoidable circumstance.

Is there any special consideration in IELTS exam for the disabled or special needs candidates?

IELTS aims to assess the English language communication skills of all test takers fairly and objectively. The IELTS test centres can make arrangements to accommodate special circumstances or requirements to enable test takers to attend a test centre and to understand questions and tasks and give their answers. Test centres require three months’ notice to put special arrangements in place. Generally, some special circumstances are considered like, Visual difficulties, Hearing difficulties, Illness.

If you are genuinely ill on the day of the exam or during the test you should let the test supervisor know. Special consideration may be given to test takers who report their illness on the day of the test. Like all other standard exam centres, there might be some limitations on the facilities offered.

What happens if I am absent on the IELTS test date?

If a candidate is absent on the day of the IELTS test s/he will be treated as a 'No Show' candidate. S/he will not get any result and if s/he was absent without giving prior notice, will normally lose the full test fee unless he/she provides appropriate medical evidence to the centre to explain the absence. Medical evidence must be provided within 5 days of the test.

 

Re-taking the test:

Can I take IELTS exam more than once?

Yes, you can take the IELTS exam as many times as you want. Even if you have got a decent band score and the score has its validity, and you expect to get a higher score, you can sit for the IELTS exam once again at your convenience.

A few years back there was a restriction on sitting for the exam second time within a prescribed duration, but this is no longer applicable and you can re-take IELTS exam as many times as you want. Each exam would require you to register for it and there is no waiver if you have taken the exam previously.

How soon can I repeat the IELTS test?

A candidate can re-take IELTS exam anytime s/he likes. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates are able to repeat the test whenever they wish.

Please note that you will still be asked to indicate on your application form whether you have taken the IELTS test before or not. This information will not appear on the Test Report Form (TRF) and will only be used for monitoring purposes.

Will my previous IELTS score affect my new score?

No, your previous IELTS score will not affect your new IELTS score. You do not need to worry about your previous score(s) if you are taking IELTS a second or third time. Your score would be given as if you are taking IELTS the first time. In your Report Form (result), the previous score won't be mentioned.

Will my previous exam result become invalid if I re-take IELTS test?

No, both of your test results will remain valid for 2 years from the date you took the exam and you can use either of these two test results (the better one obviously). However, you can never mix results from multiple tests.

Can I retake only speaking test?

No, you cannot. You have to retake the full exam (four modules).

Am I eligible for a discount if I re-take IELTS?

No, even if you re-take IELTS exam several times, you are not eligible for any discount. You will have to pay the full registration fee each time you want to take the exam.

 

Exam specific FAQs:

What can I bring into the examination room?

You can bring only pens, pencils and erasers and the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form while registering for 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 keep it on you, you will be disqualified. So avoid bringing a mobile phone or any other electronic device on your exam date.

Can I leave the Exam room during my IELTS exam?

No, you are not permitted to leave the exam room during the examination in normal circumstances. You should be prepared not to leave the exam room during the test. The time is very crucial in your test. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break in between and you should be prepared for that.

However, if there is an emergency or special circumstance when you have to go out, just explain it to your test supervisor. You won't be given any extra time for that.

Can I make some notes on the Listening & Reading question papers?

Yes, you can. The examiner will not see your question papers. You can take notes like a date, a name or other important keywords that might help you answer your listening or reading questions. However, DO NOT write or mark on the answer sheet.

Be careful about what you write in the questions papers. After the exam, you are not allowed to take the exam papers with you. You need to submit your questions papers along with your answer sheets.

Is there a similar period of 10 minutes in the Reading test to transfer answer?

In Listening test, you will have additional 10 minutes to transfer your answer to your answer sheet, but in Reading test, you won't. The Reading test is one hour, and you must write all your answers on the answer sheet within this time. No separate time is given in Reading test.

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. Do not try to mimic an American or British accent in your speaking test. Speak naturally and clearly. You are not scored based on your accent. However, avoid thick and ambiguous or unclear accents.

Can I use a pen for the Listening and Reading tests?

No, you cannot. You must writ your Listening and Reading answers with a pencil. The answer sheet is scanned by a computer which cannot read pen. It is advisable to bring more than one pencil to save times.

Should I use a pen or a pencil for my Writing test?

You can use either a pen or a pencil in your writing module. But you must use a pencil (NO PEN) for the Listening and Reading exams.

Can I write my Reading and Listening Answers in CAPITAL LETTERS?

Yes, you can.

Can I use extra papers during my Writing test?

Yes, you can. Simply raise your hand and once the exam coordinator approaches you, inform him that you need loose sheets. Usually, you will not need that as the space provided is sufficient to finish the two writing tasks.

Can I wear a watch in my IELTS test to manage my time?

No, you can’t. You can’t wear a watch in any of the IELTS tests, even the speaking test. There will be a clock on the wall so that the candidates can check the time whenever necessary.

Do I lose marks for spelling and grammatical mistakes in Reading and Listening tests?

Yes, you will lose marks for spelling and grammatical mistakes in your Reading and Listening exams. For instance, if the correct answer to a question is 'vaccination' and you write 'vacination', you will not get any mark for that answer.

If I use US spelling, will I be penalised?

No, you will not? American spelling is quite okay in your IELTS test. However, try not to mix the US and UK spelling in your writing.

What do I need for the Speaking test?

You must bring the same identification documents (either your original Passport or National Identity Card) 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. You can bring a pencil to take some notes for the IELTS Speaking Part 2 (Candidate Task Card/ Cue Card). Apart from that, you do not need to bring anything. Be very careful not to bring your mobile phone when you enter the interview room.

 

Test Result:

What is the pass/ fail mark in IELTS?

IELTS exam has no pass or fail. IELTS results are prepared on a nine-band scale. In addition to the score for overall language ability, IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking. If you attend the IELTS exam and complete it, you will be given a report of the result (known as Test Report Form) that would include individual band score of the four module as well as the overall band score. This band score would reflect your skills and ability to handle English language.

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. Your answers are checked by designated IELTS examiners who use the band score criteria to score your tests. Your speaking exam is recorded and evaluated a second time.

When will I get my IELTS result?

The IELTS test centre will produce the result after 13 calendar days of the test. At some centres, candidates may collect their results on the 13th day from the test centres or it is mailed to candidates on the 13th day. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy.

Most candidates now collect their IELTS result from the internet. However, test centres do not give results to the candidates over the phone or by fax or e-mail. In some countries, the result is sent via SMS to the number the candidate has given while registering for the test.

You can check your IELTS result online from https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/getting-your-results

Can I check my result online?

Yes, you can. You can see your test result online 13 days after the written test day. Visit this link to see your result online. Results and performance feedback will be available up to 40 days after the test day, which means the system will not display results for more than 40 days after the test date.

Can I obtain my test results over the phone, by email or by fax?

No, you can not. You can, however, check your result online 13 days after the exam date or receive it via postal/courier service to the address you specified during your IELTS registration.

If you indicated “Don’t send” on the envelope upon test day, you will be able to collect your certificate from the IELTS test authority.

If I withdraw from the speaking test can I still get the Test Result Form (TRF)?

If you withdraw from the speaking test and do not appear at the test centre, the IELTS administrator will not issue the Test Result Form (TRF) to you. If you decide to withdraw from the speaking test but would still like to receive your TRF, you must come to the speaking test venue to complete the test procedure.

For how long IELTS test result is valid?

A  Test Report Form (TRF) or IELTS result is valid for 2 years from the date of the exam. Usually, you should consider your IELTS score valid for 2 years and if your IELTS Report Form is older than 2 years, you should consider re-taking the exam.

What can I do if I am not satisfied with my results?

You might apply for an enquiry on results (EoR) procedure within six weeks from the date you took the IELTS exam, using a prescribed form by the IELTS authority if you are dissatisfied with the result you got. The application for re-examining the score needs you to fill the form which must be paid prior to the processing of the appeal. The fees may vary depending on the countries and IELTS centres. Then your result will be re-examined and if necessary will be corrected. Your fee will be fully refunded if your band score changes from the re-examination or reassessment.

You can download the refund claim form from https://www.britishcouncil.it/sites/default/files/refund_claim_form_en.pdf" target="_blank" title="">https://www.britishcouncil.it/sites/default/files/refund_claim_form_en.pdf

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.

I have taken IELTS test twice and my previous score was higher. Can I use it?

Yes, you can as long the test result is valid. IELTS test result is still valid for 2 years from the date you took the exam.

I have taken IELTS exam twice. Can I combine/club scores from both exams?

No, you cannot combine test results from different tests. However, you can use either of these two results (you would use the best one obviously).

How many copies of my Test Report Form I will get?

You will receive only one copy of your Test Report Form. Replacement copies are not issued in the event of loss or damage. So keep your Original Test Report Form (TRF) at a secured location.

What can I do if I lose my Test Report Form?

Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive only one copy. Test Report Forms are valid for two years from the date of taking the exam. Copies are not sent to candidates but IELTS will forward a Test Report Form to your relevant institution or embassy. Up to five copies will be sent free of charge. Additional copies will incur a small administration charge. Talk to your test centre for further details.

How is IELTS scored?

IELTS results are prepared on a nine-band scale. In addition to the score for overall language ability, IELTS provides a score in the form of a profile for each of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). These scores are also reported on a nine-band scale. Each Overall Band Score corresponds to a descriptive statement which gives a summary of the English language ability of a candidate classified at that level. The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows:

9 Expert User
Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and it appropriates. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands the detailed reasoning.
6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest User
Has a partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. The candidate should be able to handle communication in his or her own field.
4 Limited User
Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in using complex language.
3 Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Did not Attempt The test
No accessible information provided.

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0 # Sruthi Sree 2018-04-19 09:49
My passport has a little mistake in the address (door no. 15 printed instead of 55). Can I take the exam with it? And after my exam, I am planning to reapply for reissue. Will that be a problem? Will my IELTS score still be valid?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:13
Yes, you can take the exam without any problem. Your test result will not include your home address from the passport.
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0 # François 2018-03-22 17:45
Hello, I have already taken IELTS exam with a band score 6.5. I've registered to take IELTS again but I am afraid this time I might do not get a better grade because I have not prepared enough. Will my new grade necessarily replace my old one? Thank you.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:15
Your new result has nothing to do with your previous result and won't replace the old one. After you re-take the test, you can use either of the test results. You would be using the better one, obviously.
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0 # Kristjana Preni 2018-03-19 22:14
Hello! I have 2 problems with my exam. I could really use some help. During my IELTS UKVI application, I was in a hurry and at the disability option I did it, yes, but I don't have disabilities. Can I change it? The other thing is that I can't make my payment. My account gets blocked from the system when I choose the payment option. Any idea why? Please help me! I have only one day left.
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0 # Ayesha 2018-03-20 14:07
If you have not been able to pay, do not worry about the option you have selected. If your account is blocked, visit a nearby registration centre and fill the form and pay with the cash. Should not be a big issue!!!
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0 # Khushal 2018-03-15 05:46
I took the IELTS Academic in March 2017. I would like to apply for masters (fall 2019). Do I need to retake the test or would the scores be valid?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:16
You should retake the exam. Even if your score will be valid when you apply, it will expire soon. Why take the risk? Best of luck.
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0 # RK 2018-02-16 09:58
Hi, I would like to study with a partner so that we can improve our knowledge. My WhatsApp number is +91-9176765143. I'm looking for GT sections.
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0 # Johnson Keats 2018-02-10 23:46
I have been struggling to pass my IELTS examination for a while. While waiting, I completed my master's degree in Neuroscience. The IELTS is needed before GMC can recognise my certificate. Two questions - Do I still need to do the IELTS as I have completed my master degree in the United Kingdom? Second question - I appealed for one of my results and up until now, I haven't received any information regarding the appeal. It's more than 5 months since I appealed.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:18
You should contact the test centre to get an update on your appeal. Taking IELTS would be a wise option for you.
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0 # Maria 2017-12-28 13:11
I have attempted IDP and British Council. Can I club these both scores together?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:17
No, you cannot. You have to use either one. IELTS does not permit you to club/combine two test results.
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0 # Jeroo 2017-12-23 20:09
Hi, I am a new immigrant to Canada and want to appear for my IELTS Academic Test in February 2018. I just wanted to confirm if I can upload my PR Card as ID Document or it has to be my passport from the country of origin. Your response shall be highly appreciated.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:19
It has to be your Passport.
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0 # Mayank M 2017-12-20 14:42
Hi, while registering for the IELTS, I accidentally mentioned English as my first language, whereas my first language is Gujarati. I was confused and thought the first language as my first language in Education I've had over the years. I am applying for Canadian PR and on the form, they are asking about my first language. Should I mention English or mention Gujarati? Whereas at home, primarily we speak English only. Please help.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:20
Your primary language is still Gujarati and you should mention that.
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0 # Min 2017-10-19 16:44
Hi, anyone here taking the academic test on 28th October in New Zealand? Please add my WhatsApp +84 973720007.;
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0 # Jibin Babu 2017-10-17 17:03
My passport has been cancelled due to the changes to some details. So, does it affect the validity of IELTS score card?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:20
No, it should not. However, you should re-take the test if it is for immigration purpose.
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0 # Lynnn 2017-09-29 04:08
Hi, guys. Anyone taking the IELTS academic test on 30th September in Australia? Please share writing topic when you finish the test.
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0 # Josemon Peter 2017-09-25 08:10
Quoting Danny:
I would like to know, if we take IELTS a second time, do our first IELTS results are still taken into account if we get lower results at our second test? If I got, for example, 7 at my first test, and I get 6 at the second, can I send my first results and not the second ones to the university that I'm applying? Thank you for understanding.

Jose
Hai
The required score for registering as a nurse in the UK is 7 in each module. I scored R 7.5, Li 6.5, W 7.5, S 7. I want to club my result with a new result. Is it possible for me to attend as many as exam within 6 months to achieve the 7 without dropping less than 6.5?
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0 # Prinkal 2017-08-25 09:19
To what extent should children have to follow rules?
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-1 # Prinkal 2017-08-25 09:18
IELTS Help.
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+1 # Amir 2017-08-05 10:01
Hi, it seems that recently, the awarded band scores for writing have suffered a dramatic decrease, especially regarding the general module. I was wondering whether the writing examiners are native English speakers, as this would cast light on the issue.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:22
It's hard to say if they are native English speakers. Regarding your claim, is it something you have experienced or a large-scale change indeed!
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+4 # Sara 2017-07-28 05:56
Hi, I just got my IELTS results with an overall 8.5 (L & R: 9, S: 8.5, W: 7). I want to retake the test again, but I'm afraid I get a lower mark in the individual section as I need min 8 in each. So, can I resit for the exam and then if the new results are lower I can provide them with my older test results? Please get back to me ASAP Admin. This is Urgent. Thank you.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:23
Don't worry, you can use the best of these two results.
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0 # Chandu 2017-09-09 11:16
Yes, you can give the best of the two results.
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0 # Jyoti 2017-07-21 05:55
Hello, are there any specific topic for GT writing test? I heard from somewhere that GT students do not need to prepare topics like space research etc. Could you please list some topics which IELTS GT candidates should not prepare? Thanks.
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0 # David Abe 2017-07-05 10:11
Will my band score reduce for giving false facts as examples in the writing task 2?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:24
Hopefully not. IELTS examiner assesses your writing skills, not the fact. However, avoid using facts like Einstein invented the pendulum!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: It would give a bad impression.
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-1 # Poonam 2017-06-26 07:57
I got failed in masters degree. Can I do IELTS for further study in abroad on the basis of my previous degree?
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:24
Surely, you can.
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-1 # Alfred 2017-06-30 08:42
Yes, you can.
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+2 # Sandeep Sharma 2017-05-24 12:12
Hi Friends, I am Sandeep Sharma, had completed IELTS examinations thrice and secured 8 bands with (S-7.5, S-7.5, S-8), I am currently focusing giving paid online speaking tips & strategies (at nominal charges) to serious students only. Who actually required that extra bit of polishing when it comes on 'how to exactly deliver' in an interview. Interested people can either mail me on 'ssharma1282@gmail' under the subject IELTS MENTOR or PM/Whatsapp me at +91 9646361282.

Best of luck all.

Sandeep Sharma
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+3 # Khuram 2017-05-16 22:55
Hi, can I use ink remover pen to correct the words in writing IELTS? Thanks - Khuram.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:25
You should use a pencil instead. Why bother using an ink remover when you can use pencil and eraser so easily? You have to use a pencil to write answers in Reading and Listening modules. So practice using it.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2017-06-10 18:56
We recommend using a pencil instead and using an eraser to correct something. Using ink remover is not allowed.
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+2 # Khuram 2017-05-16 22:52
Hi, I have a question. If I use a pen in IELTS exam, for correction can I use ink remover pen or whitener pen? Is it allowed in IELTS Writing General training? Thanks.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:26
You should not use any ink remover. That's what pencil and erasers are for!!! :roll:
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+2 # Danny 2017-05-11 08:17
I would like to know, if we take IELTS a second time, do our first IELTS results are still taken into account if we get lower results at our second test? If I got, for example, 7 at my first test, and I get 6 at the second, can I send my first results and not the second ones to the university that I'm applying? Thank you for understanding.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:27
Yes, you can use the best one.
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+4 # Hak 2017-04-21 22:20
Hello, I have attempted IELTS around 4 times in one year time in order to get 8 in listening and 7 in the remaining categories but I have been falling short of 0.5 in all attempts, which is not allowing me to qualify in the Canadian express entry system. In my last test, I got W:8, S:8, L:7.5 and R:6.5. Is there any policy of IELTS, that they should check my previous attempts in which I got 9 in reading once and 8 in listening and grant me the score I need? Thanks!
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+4 # Carol 2017-04-13 13:40
Hi, I've recently taken the IELTS for UKVI, however, I did not meet the required band score of 7 in writing L:9, R:7.5, W:6.5, S:7. So I'm planning to take the exam again but this time just the regular IELTS. My question is can I combine and present both results to apply in the UK? Thanks.
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0 # Stephen 2018-05-07 12:28
No, you cannot combine/club results from different IELTS tests.
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+2 # Akshay 2017-04-04 04:29
Hi, I gave my IELTS and got the required band. However, now I am applying for re-issuing of my passport due to address change and thus I will be issued a new passport with a new passport number. Does this mean I have to give IELTS again provided my score is valid as I gave the test last month only?
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+3 # Ria 2017-04-05 08:53
Your IELTS result will be valid. All you have to do is make sure your new passport have the old passport attached or referenced. Otherwise, you will have to carry both passports.
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+2 # Pervez 2017-03-30 02:04
I attended IELTS on March 28, 2015. Does it falls within 24 months period I mean is it still valid?
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+1 # Roberto 2017-04-01 06:47
2 years have already passed and it is not valid anymore.
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+3 # Jay Kumbhare 2017-03-28 05:57
Is IELTS answer checked by a computerised system or in manual process?
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+3 # Tanya 2017-03-27 12:55
I was registering for the IELTS exam online and I need to enter the country I want to apply to. Can't I apply to multiple countries? As there are different colleges in different countries that I like.
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+1 # R Raval 2017-03-26 10:31
On a particular exam day, does the exam papers remain the same for LRW in all over India? Or it differs by zones? Please let me know. Thanks.
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0 # Ayesha 2017-03-16 21:05
Hi, I have just received my IELTS results and I have got 6.5 in reading and 7 in others. I require 7 in all modules. Is there any possibility I can only give my reading exam? or do I have to appear for all the tests again?
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+1 # Pardeep 2017-06-01 07:35
Quoting Ayesha:
Hi, I have just received my IELTS results and I have got 6.5 in reading and 7 in others. I require 7 in all modules. Is there any possibility I can only give my reading exam? or do I have to appear for all the tests again?

No dear you can't.
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+1 # Memmed 2017-04-03 05:41
I'm preparing for IELTS.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2017-03-21 08:26
You can't take the reading test only. You will need to take the whole test again.
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0 # Rintu 2017-03-06 05:01
Hi, I want to club 2TRF score for New Zealand immigration, but unfortunately, I choose 2 different languages as my first language (English-firstTRF/ Malayalam-2TRF). Please let me know if there is any problem with this?
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-1 # IELTS Mentor 2017-03-06 07:31
This would not be problem for getting the result but you should contact the IELTS Authority that you made this mistake and want to correct it.
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0 # Shankar Shiva 2017-03-01 10:09
I am asking this on behalf of a friend. He took the IELTS test and scored 6.2, can this be used as a FIRST DEGREE or would this be recognised as a FIRST DEGREE, if he is willing to apply for an opportunity in British Council itself or still a graduate certificate is required. Also, can this score be used for applying elsewhere also if he does not have a graduate certificate? TIA.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2017-03-02 07:08
Hi Shiva,
The score 6.2 is not possible in IELTS. It has to be either 6.0 or 6.5. Assuming that this was a typo, we would like to say that IELTS test result has nothing to do with the situation whether someone has completed his graduation or not. It is an English assessment test and could be used to prove a candidate's ability to handle the language in general. To directly answer your question, NO, it cannot be used as a FIRST degree. Someone who has completed 12th grades and has a good IELTS score would be able to get admitted in an undergrad course in a college/ university. Someone with this score and his graduation degree can apply for Masters degree and so on. This score can also be used for migration purposes as well.
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+1 # Mohammed Aly 2017-02-23 17:20
Hi, my IELTS exam result has just appeared today, I got 8.5 L, 9 R, 7.5 W and 6.5 S, overall 8. My question is how likely would the appeal thing affect my speaking score if I applied to that? Knowing that my last exam I got 7.5 in speaking. A awaiting your reply. Thanks in advance.
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+1 # Fionna 2017-02-24 07:17
Appeal for reevaluation only if you are confident that your speaking exam was far better than the score you got. Do not appeal only because you got 7.5 last time as it has nothing to do with the score you got this time!
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0 # Yohana 2017-02-21 06:12
Is there any website that could provide correction on IELTS writing task for free? :)
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0 # Hafiz 2017-02-09 12:16
I have my test on 11th February 2017. I have not mentioned any university name/address for sending my TRF while booking the date. Is it still possible to send the test scores to any 5 institutions free of cost after test results are out? If so what will be the procedure? Please get me information. Thanks.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2017-02-10 07:34
Hi Hafiz,
We would like you to contact the official test centre where you have booked your IELTS exam for this information. They would be able to give you the exact answer. Their policy might change from time to time and this is why it is not safe to answer this type of question where the sole decision maker is the IETLS authority. For some useful information please browse:

http://idpielts.me/results/ielts-test-report-form-trf/

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/find-out-about-results/results-process/test-report-form
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0 # Ali Imam 2017-02-07 17:07
Hi! I scored 8 in three skills and 7.5 in writing skill. But I believe I should have been awarded a better score in it. Therefore I want it to be remarked. The problem is that I want to submit my IELTS for Australian qualification assessment and the rechecking takes around 8 weeks and I can't wait that long. So my QUESTION is that does my existing score stay valid for online confirmation of validation unless the new result or does it gets temporarily invalid? It's urgent. So please help me out here admin. And will this new TRF pose an issue for visa proceedings?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2017-02-09 01:58
Your result will remain valid, not withheld. When you resubmit your TRF to the Australian immigration authority, do mention that your result was reassessed and you were provided with a new TRF. That should not be a problem.
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+1 # Rayan 2017-01-21 19:00
My class will start on March 20 intake. Now my overall band is 6 but I want to book a new exam date in February. Is it possible?
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+3 # Eli 2017-01-23 18:55
Hello, I'm preparing my IELTS exam again as well as you. Are you interested in practice for the speaking part?
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0 # Bhushan 2017-02-20 11:08
I am also preparing for the IELTS test. It would be certainly nice to practice with each other.
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0 # Ata 2017-01-19 17:52
I have got over all 7.0 in IELTS. My band in reading is 6.0. Can I Improve only reading module???
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+4 # Vikas 2016-12-30 13:51
Hi, my name is Vikas and I am from India. I had a doubt regarding retaking the IELTS test. If I got a low score on the second attempt when compare to the previous one, what will happen? Can I use my first IELTS score?
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0 # Farah 2016-12-19 10:44
I am confused regarding the validity of IELTS Test. I read on websites that it is from the date of the test but I sent an email to British Council Pakistan and they replied that it is from the day of the result. My IELTS Exam date was 14/3/2015 and the date at the bottom of the form with the stamp is 26/3/2015. Please let me know which one to write when I apply for PLAB Exam as otherwise, I will need to appear again because of just a lapse of 2 days as the Exam date is 16/3/2017.
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+1 # Julie Nuñez 2016-11-28 04:22
Hi, I just want to ask if it is possible for a college undergrad to take IELTS or do I need to be a college graduate to do so? Thanks.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-28 06:56
Hi Julie,

There is no minimum educational requirement for taking the IELTS. You can take the test even if you do not have a college degree.
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0 # Maryna Kovalova 2016-11-26 15:13
Hello, everyone! I have passed my IELTS test last year and got overall score 6.0 ( what was enough for me current study ), but the university which I want to join next year requires 6.0 for every part of the test ( not only overall ) Unfortunately, I have 5.5 for two parts of the test and 6.0 for another two. My question is: Is it possible to retake only two parts of the test instead of all tests?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-28 07:26
Hi Maryna,
It is not possible. You will have to retake the whole tests (all 4 modules).
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+1 # Rhona 2016-11-23 16:42
I've uploaded my Voter's I.D. for my IELTS test. But it wasn't mentioned in the list of I.D. though this is considered National I.D. I've made my payment already. How this will affect to my Booking.

THANK YOU.
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+2 # Okinrob 2016-11-19 09:48
Hi, I just took my first UKVI this day. And I think I failed in my listening. My module is academic and I think I only failed on that part. My target band score is 7. Is it ok to retake it and get band 7 to listening and rest 6.5?
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+2 # Hassan 2016-11-19 03:10
Hi, Dear, I had got less band score in my last IELTS which was 6.5 overall but my previous IELTS result was 7 overall. Can I use my previous IELTS? Please reply.
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+2 # Stephen 2016-11-19 05:53
Yes, you can. Your previous IELTS result will be valid for 2 years from the date you took the exam.
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+1 # Anuraag Yadav 2016-11-18 05:10
Sir/Madam,
Unfortunately due to insufficient time, I did not answer some questions in reading module and I left it blank. Do this effect in the result? Like getting 0 band score in reading module just because I didn't answer some questions?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-19 06:34
Dear Anuraag,
This is not going to affect your score and you need not worry about it at all.
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+1 # Sadia 2016-11-17 10:47
How can the institution you applied for your studies get your IELTS result?
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+2 # Manisha 2016-11-16 05:55
Should I have to pay again for IELTS retake?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-16 07:49
Yes, you will need to pay the full amount to retake the test.
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0 # Manisha 2016-11-15 19:52
Do I have to pay again if I go for a retest ?
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+1 # Ameer Murtaza Khan 2016-11-10 18:49
I want to ask a simple question. What if my score is less in only one part? Can the test be taken for one part for example writing?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-11 07:16
Dear Ameen,
You will need to retake the whole exam. There is no option for retaking one/some specific module(s).
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+1 # Krishna 2016-11-06 03:45
I have specified that my first language is English, based on the fact that I have been taught in English throughout schools and have given the test yesterday. But now when I check, I realized that I should have specified Telugu, which is my mother language. Will this have any negative impact on the score I receive?
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0 # IELTS Admin 2016-11-06 07:15
That would not affect your score.
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-1 # Rhydhima 2016-10-21 19:55
I got 6 overall and 5 in reading. I was in the middle of my process to get in for January intake. Is there any chance I can still apply?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-11 07:52
Apply for the university admission or for retaking the IELTS?
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+1 # Rishan 2016-10-14 07:34
I have not yet given my IELTS test. I plan to appear after my boards in 2017. Can I enter my scores later in the your website?
Please answer asap.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-11 07:53
Not sure what you meant by entering your score on our website! Do you mean to prepare for your IELTS from our website?
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+1 # Imran Parvez 2016-10-06 05:56
What form is correct for IELTS?
1. textbooks or text books
2. overdue or over due?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-11 07:54
The correct forms are 'Textbooks' & 'Overdue'.
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-1 # Imran Parvez 2016-10-06 05:55
What is correct for IELTS listening? \
1. Overdue or Over due
2. textbooks or text books?
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+1 # Kash 2016-10-05 18:11
I have an IELTS score of 8 but I was very unwell on the day I took it. The University I'm applying to is a pain in the neck. I want to get a 9 or an 8.5, I scored badly on the listening part because of my groggy head. Assuming I get less than 8, can I send my previous score? The University wants it directly from the IELTS office, will they be able to send the previous one? Instead of the last one?
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-11 07:55
If you instruct the IELTS test authority, they will do that.
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+3 # Hadi Lashkarbolouk 2016-10-03 20:46
Dear Sir/Madam,

I succeeded to achieve IELTS score overall 7.0 with W: 6.5 R: 8.0 S:7.5 L:6.0

Unfortunately I need to get overall 7.5 with each band score more than 7.0 in order to get 10 point in Australian immigration process. Actually, I am a bit deaf and have to wear hearing aid tool. Do anyone know the Australian immigration process consider some exception for people with physical disability?

Thanka in advance for your reply.
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+2 # Stuart 2016-11-11 07:56
Yes, they do. That should not be a big issue.
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+2 # Jean 2016-09-25 08:50
Hi, I scored- Listening: 7.0, Speaking: 7.5, Reading: 7.0, Writing: 6.5. But I need a 7 for all modules. What can I do other than retaking?
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+2 # IELTS Metnor 2016-11-11 07:57
In fact, you have to retake the whole test. There is no alternative.
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+1 # Margot Lassourd 2016-09-16 06:48
I would like to know, if we take IELTS a second time, do our first IELTS results are still taken in account if we get lower results at our second test? If I got, for example, 7 at my first test, and I get 6 at the second, can I send my first results and not the second ones ?
Thank you for understanding.
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0 # Admin 2016-10-14 14:09
Yes, you can. But specifically instruct the IELTS Authority which of the results you want to use.
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+3 # Abhijit 2016-09-14 06:40
Hi, I have secured 7.5 Bandscore in IELTS already and my total score for Canada PR is 464. However, the Score for last 6 months has not gone below 470 and is mostly in the range of 490 and above. I wanted to appear for IELTS again to secure higher Band so that my overall score for Canada PR gets better. But I don't know whether my existing band of 7.5 will be valid if I score less than 7.5 this time??
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+1 # IELTS Metnor 2016-11-11 07:58
Even if you take another IELTS test, the previous one will remain valid for the next 2 years from the date of the test.
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-1 # Faisal 2016-09-13 04:16
Hello, my IELTS exam is on the day after tomorrow and now I'm only worried about the speaking module as I stammer. Do you have any suggestion regarding it? And btw, I have already given them a medical certificate for my disability.
Thank you.
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-1 # Ashish 2016-09-09 06:33
Hi, I've recently given the IELTS test and scored
S-7.5 , L-7 , R-6 ,W-5.5, Overall- 6.5. Will it meet the minimum criteria for universities or I have to re-appear for the same? Moreover, I am a graduate in computer science & engineering and scored 70% in my graduation, and am looking forward to Post graduation in Canada. So please guide me accordingly whether this IELTS score will be enough to apply or I should give it again??
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-09-10 05:57
Dear Ashish,
The minimum IELTS Score requirement varies from university to university. Sometimes the same university will ask for different IELTS scores based on the department/subject someone seeking to get admitted. So there is no straightforward answer to your question. While some university would be happy to accept you with the score you already have, others will ask for more. The best way to confirm is to check with the universities individually.
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+1 # Hassam Shah 2016-09-08 21:51
Sir, I want to extend my IELTS test date before 15 days ago .....
Is it possible??
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-09-10 06:03
Not sure what you meant!!! If you want to change your test date, please contact the exam authority as soon as possible.
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+1 # Abhishey Achaiah 2016-09-03 06:24
Hello! I took the IELTS on the 27th of September 2014. My results were out on the 12th of October 2014. My query is if the validity period of 2 years of the TRF is from the date I took up the test (27 Sep. 2014) or from the date my result was announced (12 Oct. 2014) ?? I request you to confirm this ASAP as I am running out of time in order to submit my CDR for Australia. Regards!!
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+3 # IELTS Mentor 2016-09-03 10:04
The 2 years validity is counted from the test date, NOT the result publishing date. In your case, your IELTS result will remain valid until 27th September 2016.
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0 # Bhaumik 2016-09-02 08:23
Is the topic in cue card come in the same set which they are published for 4 months? For example, I have an exam in September then the topic will come from the given topic in September to December?
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+1 # Haris Khan 2016-08-26 16:01
After online registration & payment is it still compulsory to go to IELTS Center for the final registration or we can go direct on the test day? Thanks
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 07:06
We are very sorry for the bad experience you had to go through during your test. You should have complained to the British Council immediately. Hope you got a score you expected. Best of luck.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 07:04
Both would be valid for 2 years from the date of result publication.
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-1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 07:04
They are exactly the same. If any difference could be found, that is a mistake and you would talk to the IELTS Test authority to rectify that.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 07:02
No, this is not going to happen.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 07:02
Simply put it that way - There is no provision for combining any score in any way you want. You take a test and the band score for this test has nothing to do with other IELTS tests you had previously taken or will take in the future.
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 06:59
It is really difficult to answer this as the requirement would depend on the immigration authority and the educational institutes. However, generally, the GT IELTS is required for studying diploma programme. Please consult with the institute you are planning to get enrolled in.
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 06:58
Yes, you can. There is no restriction on taking the exam second time or so on.
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0 # Jessica 2016-09-08 15:26
Hi, I took the IELTS exam on 30th of July but for quality control my results were not out. Finally, yesterday I received an email where the English centre noticed me about my results. Now the problem is: where can I find them? The system doesn't show results over 29 days and nobody replies to my e-mails. Can you help me? Thank you.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-29 06:57
It is not compulsory. However, if you have not got any notification yet, we would advise you to contact the registration centre ASAP, just to be assured that everything is okay with your IELTS registration. Best of luck Haris.
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0 # Shahryar Nawaz 2016-08-23 19:55
Hi sir/madam, I've not got my speaking test mail yet as I received my confirmation slip of test date on 17 august which will be on 3rd September. So what can I do?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-24 08:37
Dear Nawaz,

Please check your spam folder(s) as well for the email. If you yet to get the email, contact the test-authority as soon as possible.
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-1 # Lisa Victoria 2016-08-15 17:10
I took my IELTS exam last week I am waiting to receive my results. But if I fail, can I take it again before that bad score is sent to the university??? Cause nex month, September 3, I have other change and I am thinking to book it if I fail.
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+1 # Sarah Salvador 2016-08-14 14:58
Is it acceptable if you have taken academic IELTS but you'll be studying diploma program?
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+2 # Rovi 2016-08-13 08:58
Sir/Madam, Good day! I would like to ask what is meant by "Combined scores from different tests is not acceptable"? Is it referring to every section/component of the test or is it about combined scores in the different sitting? Thank you so much.
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+1 # Chieloka V. 2016-08-09 10:10
Can two IELTS results be combined to meet a requirement?
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+2 # Che 2016-08-05 16:44
Hi, I would like to ask if the result in online and TRF are exactly the same or it's possible there is a difference?
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+1 # Rupinder 2016-08-02 12:30
I have attempted idp IELTS and scored 6.5 overall. Now I want to improve and go through the British Council. Will both my test result remain valid? Can I show my first result in immigration if later one has a low score?
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0 # Tony 2016-08-02 08:50
I have taken my IELTS GT from Dammam. The location was in novotel hotel dammam. During the listening test, they did not provide headphones. There was a speaker system and it was not easy to hear for those who practiced using headphones. What quality of exam is provided by British Council Globally???
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-1 # Lee 2016-08-01 12:44
Hi, I scored as follows:

S-8, R-9, W-7.5, L-8. I need a min 8 in all components to get 20 points for the PR application. I remember reading somewhere that if I give the exam again, I can possibly use the best of the component marks from each test and combine them to be considered for my application. Like, if I repeat and get an 8 in all modules except listening for instance, then is it possible that my test results be submitted as a combination of both the attempts making my final submitted grades as 8 in all components. Is it true? I am applying for Australian PR.
Secondly, The test validity was 2 years the last time checked, but someone told me they have now extended the validity to 3 years. Is this true?

Regards.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-01 13:38
To answer your first question, 'It is not possible to have a Test Result which combines scores from multiple test attempts.' To answer your second answer, the validity is still 2 years.
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+1 # Firdavs 2016-07-22 21:13
Hi, how many right answers do I have to achieve to get 7 or 8 band score in the listening test? I found different estimations in different sources and I do not know exactly whom to believe!!!
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-01 07:43
In fact, the number of correct answers/ points required to score 7 or 8 in the IELTS listening test will vary from test to test. The score requirement might be determined by the test authority based on the difficulty level of the questions and the highest score achieved by students. As a general rule, you need to get 30- 32 to get 7 bandscore while you will require 34+ points to get 8.
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+2 # Remya 2016-07-21 12:24
I think you are right; that is the reason. I have just attended IELTS exam in Dubai on 18/06/2016 and it took much time to get my result. Now, the result is showing 0 in all band scores. Why is this happening?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-01 13:46
Hope you have received the email we sent you regarding this issue. Your only possible way to get details of this issue is to contact the local test authority and IELTS partners.
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0 # Aimz Ansari 2016-07-20 18:36
Quoting T. R. David:
If someone passes the IELTS, why he/she should retake it again after the expiry of two years. It is similar to asking one to take a degree and if the candidate does not get a job within two years, tell him/her to apply to re-take the degree again. Kindly explain the rationale behind? Is it designed to make IELTS richer and the test taker poorer?

We want answers or a law that can satisfy us.
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+1 # Shruti 2016-07-04 22:33
I have a valid IELTS General Trining score (appeared in Jan 2016). However. I want to take IELTS Academic for study purpose. I want to know whether my IELTS General scores still be valid for 2 years.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-08-01 13:51
Yes, your GT score will remain valid until January 2018.
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+2 # Shivaramane 2016-06-28 01:02
Hi, can I take IELTS test thrice in the same year?
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-06-28 03:38
Yes, you can.
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0 # Ju Morato 2016-06-20 05:40
I took IELTS about 7 years ago. I have a copy of it, but not the original. Can my employer, through the registered number, be able to check its authenticity or it is out of the data base? Thank you. Regards, Juliana.
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-1 # Khawla 2016-06-15 02:09
I wanna take IELTS again in less than 3 months. Can I take it in 3 months? How?
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-1 # IELTS Admin 2016-06-16 00:12
Yes, you can. These days you do not need to wait 3 months to retake IELTS exam. Just register the test and take it.
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0 # Jia 2016-06-14 17:15
I am a student from English department. I will apply for the IELTS test and I am not sure if I'll do good in it. I have no plan to go abroad but I have decided to take it cause it might help me at my university. About IELTS test- if I finish this test, will it be valid for the next 5 years?
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+1 # IELTS Admin 2016-06-16 00:23
IELTS Test Result will be valid for 2 years from the test date.
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0 # Sam 2016-06-11 04:41
Is there any upper age limit like 27 for taking IELTS in Pakistan?
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+1 # IELTS Admin 2016-06-12 12:42
There is no such upper age limit for taking the IELTS test. However, the minimum age requirement for taking the IELTS test is 16. For Canadians, the age limit is 14-64.
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-1 # Tensho 2016-06-02 07:14
I had taken my IELTS exam two weeks ago. However, On my TRF I wrote wrong information. (My first language is Japanese but I have written Korean)!!! Maybe I've ticked the wrong information. How can I solve this problem and get a new Test Report Form?
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-1 # Asif 2016-05-29 00:37
I am not planning to go abroad. I would like to improve my English speaking, writing and listening skills. I am fed up with the ordinary spoken English courses. Is it good for me to go to the IELTS coaching centre and to take the examination of IELTS?
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-05-29 03:41
Dear Asif,
We would suggest you to spend your time preparing for the IELTS test rather than taking it quickly. Preparing for the IELTS test alone very quickly will not improve your skill that much, but the time you can invest in getting a high band score would do. Spend 2-4 hours per day on a regular basis.
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+1 # Asha 2016-05-28 07:25
7 band score indicates a good user and 8 a very good user. How about 7.5? Is it not equivalent to 8?
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0 # IELTS Admin 2016-05-28 17:38
7.5 means something in between 'good' & 'very good'. Can you imagine someone who is usually good at something but in many cases performs quite excellent, or reversely someone usually very good but not consistent always?
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-1 # José Carvalho 2016-05-13 12:08
Can we repeat just one of the IELTS parts? For instance, just the speaking part? Thank you in advance.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-05-13 21:38
No, unfortunately, you can not.
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-1 # Prince Rosevelt 2016-05-09 01:05
I have a valid IELTS Academic test result but now I need to take the IELTS General Training test for Immigration purpose. Can I simply take the reading and writing exams this time?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-05-09 22:25
No, you can not. You will need to register for a new GT IELTS test and take all the four modules.
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+2 # Setsh 2016-05-06 13:54
Hello Mentor, is my previous score will be invalid after trying again? In other words, whether a new test has an effect on the previous IELTS score?
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+2 # IELTS Admin 2016-05-09 22:27
No, a new IELTS test result has no effect on your previous score.
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0 # Sanghamitra 2016-05-05 16:58
Hi, I have appeared for the exam in March 2016. How much will it cost if I retake the exam in May/June?
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+2 # IELTS Admin 2016-05-09 22:28
You will need to pay the full amount for registering again. There is no discount of waiver for retaking the test.
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-1 # Kris 2016-03-31 22:25
I took IELTS and passed the speaking exam. I failed in writing test. Can I retake the writing, listening and reading parts only? I don't want to retake the speaking test. Is it OK?
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2016-04-02 01:31
Dear Kris, You will need to retake the whole test and take all the four modules. An IELTS candidate is not allowed to take partial retake.
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0 # Joby 2016-03-28 01:48
How long does the IELTS GT result valid for the UK immigration?
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+1 # Fred 2016-03-28 02:18
IELTS Result is valid for 2 years, if this is what you've asked.
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-2 # Selva 2016-03-18 21:23
I need the answer too.Quoting Jayani Dissanayake:
If I get less score in the second attempt of IELTS, can I use my first IELTS result? Actually, the case is I got 7 in all the sections of IELTS in my first attempt, but in the second attempt (to get it increase) I've got less in writing.

Does immigration authorities will consider only the latest result or I can apply with my first score?
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+1 # IELTS Admin 2016-05-09 22:30
Yes, you can use the first test result if the result is still valid. (Not exceeding 2 years).
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+4 # Jayani Dissanayake 2016-03-04 08:25
If I get less score in the second attempt of IELTS test, can I use my first IELTS result? Actually, the case is I got 7 in all the sections of IELTS in my first attempt, but in the second attempt (to get it increased) I've got less in writing.

Does immigration authorities will consider only the latest result or I can apply with my first score?
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0 # Abhijit 2016-09-14 06:42
Did you get any answer for this question? I have the same question.
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+1 # Zafar 2016-03-13 02:12
I have the same question.
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0 # M.K. Lucas 2016-03-04 03:47
Does anyone have any idea if an overall band score 5 in IELTS qualify for an Australian student visa? My band score was - Listening 6, Reading 5, Writing 6, and Speaking 6. Or is it advisable to just sit another IELTS exam? Thanks.
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-3 # Sam 2016-02-08 10:20
I failed to attend my scheduled IELTS speaking test. Please advise me what to do now?
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-3 # Harry 2016-02-07 14:49
Hello Mentor

I need to improve my reading skills and for the same, I am seeking for reading materials. May you please advise me what should I do? Should I buy books or go with any online free materials? I am not satisfied with institutes.
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0 # Mohammed 2016-02-06 09:58
Hi there, I am just wondering that in task two of the speaking part, should I answer all the questions? And if I didn't answer them all but I did finish in two minutes, will that affect my score? Thanks.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2016-02-07 01:25
For the cue card section in Speaking test, you are generally advised to talk about the given topic and cover the questions given on the topic. However, if you speak very fluently on the topic, answering only two questions would not negatively affect your score.
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+7 # T. R. David 2016-01-21 22:16
If someone passes the IELTS, why he/she should retake it after the expiry of two years? It is similar to asking one to take a degree and if the candidate does not get a job within two years, tell him/her to apply to retake the degree again. Kindly explain the rationale behind this? Is it designed to make IELTS richer and the test takers poorer?
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+2 # Rizza Racaza 2016-01-20 21:20
I know somebody from the Philippines and would migrate to Canada who is over 40 years old but is only an elementary graduate. Is he qualified to take the IELTS test?
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+4 # IELTS Mentor 2016-01-21 05:42
Yes, he can take IELTS. But he needs to be sure if he requires Academic/ GT or IELTS Life Skills test for that purpose.
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