IELTS is available in two formats - Academic and General Training. The Academic Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is be based on the results of these modules.
The General Training Modules emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice of Reading and Writing Modules - Academic or General Training. It is the responsibility of candidate to tell the Administrator which version, Academic or General Training, they need to take. For further details, click on individual icons.
The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test center, in the period seven days before or after the other three modules.
The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user, with each module consisting of tasks of ascending levels of difficulty. For interpretation of the IELTS bandscores click here and for details of how the bandscores are calculated click here
Results are issued by test centres within two weeks of the test. Test centres are not permitted to give results out over the phone nor by fax or e-mail.
As a general rule it is recommended that a Test Report Form that is more than two years old should only be accepted as evidence of present level of ability if accompanied by proof that a candidate has actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency.
Enquiry on Results
Candidates are entitled to request a full re-mark (i.e. all test papers) or a partial re-mark (i.e. one or more papers). Candidates must complete an 'Enquiry on Result Form' available from IELTS test centres and return their original Test Report Form. All enquiries must be submitted to the IELTS administrator within 4 weeks of issue of Test Report Form.
The fee for a re-mark whether Full or Partial will be US$100 and should be discussed at the time of application. A Full refund will be given to the candidates should a result be changed to a higher score. A new Test Report Form will be issued by the Test Centre with the new score(s) and Senior Examiner Number recorded.