FAQs on the IELTS

IELTS Registration FAQs

Q: How do I sign up for the IELTS?

A: Test-takers register directly with the individual test centers. The IELTS website allows candidates to search for available locations and dates, with links to specific test centers.

Q: Is there any difference in the registration process for the general training and academic tests?

A: The process is the same for both, but availability for one or the other may be limited at a given location.

Q: How much does it cost to take the IELTS?

A: It depends on where you take the exam. In the United States, the average fee is about $235, but this varies by test center. The fee is approximately $300 in Canada and £160 in the United Kingdom. Test center websites will list all testing fees.

Q: May I change my registration to another date if necessary?

A: Yes, within five weeks of the test date. For cancellations closer to test day, you must have a valid reason, such as serious illness. Otherwise, you will have to register for the exam again and pay the full registration fee.

Q: What identification documents does IELTS accept for registration and testing?

A: Passports and national ID cards only.

IELTS Administration FAQs

Q: Does IELTS limit the number of times I am allowed to take the test?

A: No, all students may take the IELTS an unlimited number of times, and there is no mandatory waiting period in between test attempts.

Q: Should I bring my identification document with me to the test center?

A: If you actually want to take the test, then yes. Make sure to bring the same document that you used to register.

Q: What can I bring with me to the test center?

A: You can bring anything you like to the test center, but you will have to store it while taking the exam. The only items allowed in the actual test room are identification, pens, pencils, and erasers.

IELTS Scoring FAQs

Q: What scores does IELTS report?

A: Test-takers receive a score for each test section and a total score that is the average of all four sections. Each score will be on the "band" system, on a scale of 0 to 9 in half-point increments.

Q: How long does it take to receive my scores?

A: IELTS releases scores 13 days after the exam.

Q: What is the average score required by universities?

A: Because each institution sets its own standards, it is difficult to make general statements on this issue. However, the typical minimum total band score is usually between 6.0 and 7.5.

Q: Will I be allowed to see my graded exams at any point afterwards?

A: No, IELTS does not grant test-takers access to their exams after they have been completed.

IELTS Acceptance FAQs

Q: How can I find out if I qualify for an IELTS waiver for university admission?

A: Review the language policies on university websites. Most non-native English speakers must take either the IELTS or the TOEFL, unless they have completed secondary or tertiary programs primarily in English.

Q: Is the IELTS accepted by all universities in English-speaking countries?

A: For the most part, yes. Universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand will almost certainly consider IELTS scores, but some American universities either encourage or insist on the submission of TOEFL scores.

Q: Other than university admission, why else do people take the IELTS?

A: The IELTS is accepted for certain types of visas and professional licenses.