IELTS FAQ

General FAQs:

Q. What is IELTS?
A. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). IELTS test assesses English proficiency of a candidate and then assigns a Test Report with band scores.

Q. What is GT IELTS?
A. IELTS test has two versions – Academic and General Training. GT IELTS stands for General Training IELTS. The General Training test is suitable for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

Q. What are the differences between Academic and GT IELTS?
A. Academic and GT IELTS have the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests. Academic IELTS are taken by candidates for academic purposes (i.e. getting admitted to a university) while GT IELTS is suitable for doing work experience or training programs, taking secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

Q. Who owns IELTS?
A. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).

Q. Is GT IELTS suitable for me?
A. GT IELTS is designed for candidates who want to migrate to an English-speaking country, enrol in secondary school, do work experience or training programs. If your purpose matches the criteria, you should take GT IELTS. If you are planning to get admitted to a university, Academic IELTS is the one you should take. Nevertheless, you should contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to or talk to the immigration department before finalising the IELTS version.

Q. I want to migrate to an English-speaking country. Should I take GT IELTS?
A. Yes, you should take GT IELTS.

Q. Can I take Academic IELTS if I want to migrate to an English-speaking country?
A. No, for immigration purpose you should take GT IELTS.

Q. Which organisations, apart from universities, accept IELTS?
A. Apart from universities, IELTS is accepted by immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. Whenever you need to prove your proficiency in English, you can use IELTS result.

Q. What is the structure and timing of the IELTS GT Test?
A.
IELTS exam has 4 parts:

Listening: has 4 sections and 40 questions. Duration: 30 minutes.

Reading: has 3 sections, and 40 questions. Duration: 60 minutes.

Writing: has 2 tasks. Task 1: Letter writing – write at least 150 words and do not spend more than 20 minutes. Task 2: Essay writing – write at least 250 words and spend 40 minutes. Total Duration” 60 minutes.

Speaking: a conversation between the candidate and an expert examiner in a closed room. Duration: 11 to 14 minutes. The conversation is recorded.

NB. The speaking module may be taken on the same day as the written parts, or on a different day in the period of seven days before or seven days after.

Registration Process:

Q. How do I book/register for my IELTS GT test?
A. You can book or register for your IELTS test either by visiting a test centre and paying the registration fee or do so online.

You can contact an IELTS test centre to book your IELTS GT test. Alternatively, most IELTS test centres offer a convenient online booking system. To complete this you will need to upload a clear colour scan or photo of your passport and use your credit card to finalise payment. Alternatively, you can download an application form to print, complete and submit to your local test centre.

Q. When can I take IELTS GT test?
A. The test is available on 48 fixed dates a year – up to four times a month, depending on local demand. You should contact the IELTS test centre to find the available exam slots. Find exam venue and schedule from https://www.ieltsessentials.com/global/registerforyourtest

Q. How much does IELTS GT test cost?
A. IELTS has a set fee for its test and it is defined by the exam authority. The Academic and General Training tests cost the same. Your test centre will notify you the cost while registering. If you apply online, you will get the fee during the payment process. The cost may vary from country to country. You can check the IELTS GT test fee here.

Q. What documents do I need to register for my IELTS test?
A. You need to provide a copy of your valid identity document. This can be a passport or National Identity Card. You need to enter your passport or National Identity Card number in your application form. You will also need to present the same identity document on the day of the test. Candidates taking the test outside their own country must use a current passport. The document must be valid/not expired at registration and on the test day.

Q. How do I get the test venue address and the exam timetable?
A. You will receive an email (the email address you provide during the registration) 5-7 days prior the test. This email will contain details of your test venue address and the timetable of the exam. If you do not receive this email, contact your test centre immediately.

Q. I am having difficulty submitting my online application. What should I do?
A. 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”

Note: 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.

If this is something related to your Internet connection, wait for a few minutes and then try again.

Q. Can I change my test date or venue once I register for the test?
A. Yes, you can do that but it has to be two weeks before the exam date. If less than 14 days remain for your test, you are not allowed to change your test date and venue. You cannot change it either to a different year. For instance, if you have registered to take the test on 21st December 2018, you cannot change it to January 2019.

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.

Q. What is the minimum age requirement to take IELTS GT test?
A. The minimum age requirement to take the IELTS GT test is 16. However, if your age is less than 18, you need to collect the Minor Consent Form, together with your timetable from the test centre. This must be signed by your parents or legal guardian and forwarded to the test centre by email. You can also bring the signed Minor Consent Form on the day of the first test component you will attend.

Q. What help is available for disabled candidates?
A. IELTS test centres make every effort to cater for the special needs of disabled candidates. If you have a special need, talk to your local test centre when registering. Centres may need three months to organise arrangements.

Q. Can I postpone or cancel my application?
A. Changing any of your booking details can be done through the test centre where you booked your test.

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 serious medical reason.

If you provide a medical certificate within five days of the test date, you will get a refund minus the local administrative cost.

Q. What if I am absent or sick on my test day for a valid reason?
A. If you are unable to attend on test day due to a serious medical condition, let your test centre know as soon as you can. You’ll need to provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test date and you will receive a refund minus the local administrative cost.

If there are circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from attending the test day – for example, a transport strike or serious weather event – the test centre may offer you a test on the next available test date. If you are absent on the test day with no prior notice, you will lose your full fee.

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