The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

Academic and General Training

IELTS is available in Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

  • IELTS Academic

    The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

  • IELTS General Training

    The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

The Test Format

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. We will inform you of your speaking test date as soon as possible to allow you time to make travel arrangements.

Identification Requirements

A valid passport is the only acceptable form of identification. If you come on the test day without your passport, you will not be tested and your test fee will not be transferred or refunded. The identity document must be valid at the time of registration and the same ID document must be presented on the day of the test.

Your photograph will be taken as an additional security measure, and it will appear on your IELTS Test Report Form.

Registration Process

Registration for the IELTS is a three-step process. To complete your registration you should follow these steps in order:

  1. Register online at The IELTS site.
  2. Upload a copy of your passport during the registration process.
  3. You will receive a link to submit your payment online. Payment must be made at least 5 weeks in advance to avoid a late fee.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

  • You may cancel or transfer your test if you make the request more than 5 weeks (34 days) before the test date. An administrative fee of 25% will be retained by Testing Services for cancellations and transfers.
  • You may not cancel or transfer your test fewer than 5 weeks ahead of the test date. Failure to appear for the test without notification is considered a cancellation, NO refund will be issued, and you must re-apply if you wish to take the test on another date.

IELTS Prep Materials

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Getting Your Results

IELTS results are released 13 calendar days after you take the test, and you will receive one copy of your Test Report Form by postal mail. The IELTS Administrator will mail your results to the address you entered on your online registration, so please make sure your address is correct. It is recommended that you keep your Test Report Form in a secure location because it cannot be replaced.

IELTS USA allows test takers to view test results online approximately 13 days after the test is taken, which will remain available for 28 days. The online preview of scores cannot be used as an official IELTS Test Report Form, which will be issued by postal mail. Results previews are available online. Results are typically available by 2:00 A.M. CST on the 14th day after your test date.

Order Additional Test Report Forms

We will send a copy of your Test Report Form to up to five (5) institutions or organizations free of charge if you list them on your online registration. If you decide to send a Test Report Form to an institution after you have registered, you can contact us to send additional TRFs. After the first 5 institutions or after 45 days from the test day, you may order additional TRFs online for $20.00 each.

Test Report Forms are available for two years from the date of your IELTS test.

Enquiry on Results

If you are unhappy with your test result, you can apply for a re-mark (Enquiry on Results) within six weeks of your test date. You can choose which test sections are re-marked. The cost of this service is the 50% of the regular IELTS exam fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. The release of your results usually ranges from 2 to 21 days depending on several factors including the number of components requested to be remarked. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact us.