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IELTS

Which test? 

Academic module

The Academic IELTS test is generally required for getting into undergraduate or postgraduate studies, and for professional registration.

General Training module

The General Training IELTS test is more likely to be required for immigration purposes.

You should always check with the organisation requesting an IELTS score which test module they need.

What are the differences between the Academic and General Training tests

The format of the test

Academic module

  1. Academic Writing – two tasks (150 words and 250 words) (60 minutes)
  2. Academic Reading – three sections (60 minutes)
  3. Listening (30 minutes)
  4. Speaking (11–14 minutes)

General training module

  1. General Training Writing – two tasks (150 words and 250 words) (60 minutes)
  2. General Training Reading – three sections (60 minutes)
  3. Listening (30 minutes)
  4. Speaking (11–14 minutes)

Prepare

Prepare using the IELTS website

IELTS has coaching products, events, videos and free downloads and support tools available to Test Takers.  This includes sample test questions, tips for taking the test and information about IELTS scoring. Their materials can help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions.

Visit the IELTS website

Video Tutorials

A wide range of tutorials for computer-delivered IELTS is available on the  Official IELTS Essentials YouTube channel. These videos include highlighting text, making notes and using the help buttons. This should give you a good overview of the computer-delivered test.

IELTS Masterclass

The FREE IELTS Masterclass™ is designed for anyone who’s preparing to take the IELTS test and will provide:

  • practical tips on how best to enhance your English
  • insights into common mistakes you can avoid
  • interactive tasks using the assessment criteria.

Register for a FREE masterclass

IELTS Assist

Get personalised, expert advice on your writing skills with IELTS Writing Assist.

Learn more about IELTS Assist

Prepare for re-taking IELTS

If you’ve already taken the IELTS test and scored at least 5.5, you’ll be eligible to take our IELTS preparation course at our English language institute, DUELI. This course will help you improve your IELTS score by:

  • improving your English skills across each IELTS category (speaking, reading, listening and writing)
  • teaching you strategies for sitting an exam
  • allowing you to practise IELTS tasks under timed conditions.

On the day

Registration

You must arrive early at the centre on the test day to register. Registration is a very important part of taking IELTS – it’s when we verify your identity and that all your details are up to date and correct.

You cannot take the test if you haven’t registered.

What to bring

The most important thing you’ll need to bring is your valid passport (your passport must have an expiry date of at least 7 days after the test date to be considered valid). Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted.

It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and bring water in a clear, unlabelled bottle.

Items prohibited in the test room

You won’t be allowed to bring mobile phones, keys, wallets, purses, bags, watches, fitbits, electronic devices, coats or jackets,  into the test room.

Pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, sharpeners and pencil cases are not permitted. A pen or pencil will be provided.

There are self service lockers to store your personal belongings while you’re taking the test.

Verifying your identity

You’ll be asked to verify your identity before the morning and afternoon sessions of your test.

Part of the verification process is capturing your photo and your finger-scan.

Your details and your photo will appear on your Test Report Form, so it’s important to make sure all your information is correct.

If your details change

It is important, if your address changes or you’re issued with a new passport after you’ve applied to take IELTS, to please contact our IELTS team to update your details.

On the day of the test you’ll need to bring both your old and new passport to registration – photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted on test day.

The test

How long the IELTS test takes

The IELTS test takes three hours. At the Deakin IELTS Test Centre we hold the test over the course of one day.

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the test, delivered on a computer, take place for 2 hours and 45 minutes, without any breaks.

The face-to-face speaking test is a 15-minute interview, which will take place either before or after your computer delivered test.

Self-service Cloaking and Registration is before the test and you may have a small break in-between.Your results

Getting your results

Provisional results will be available on the IELTS Australia website after your test, but these may not be the same as your Test Results Form (TRF).

Getting your results sent to an organisation

You can request up to five additional copies of your Test Report Form to be sent to registered receiving organisations (such as universities) on your behalf.

This can be done for no cost on your original online application form, or for a $10 fee per TRF on or after the day of your test.

An additional Test Report Form cannot be issued to a solicitor or migration agent.

Lost or damaged Test Results Form

If you lose or damage your Test Report Form you can complete an ‘Application for Additional TRF’ form to receive a new one.

There is a $10 fee to replace lost or damaged Test Report Forms.

If you’re unhappy with your results

If you would like your IELTS test result reviewed, you can apply for an Enquiry on Results.

You can only do this once per test, and you must make the request within six weeks of sitting the test. An Enquiry on Results costs $176 (including GST) and can take from 2 to 21 days depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark. If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact us. Note that if your band score increases, the cost will be refunded in full. In case you are unable to attend the test centre in-person to lodge your Enquiry on Result application, please contact the test centre directly for information on optional methods.

Taking the test again

There’s no limit on the number of times you can take the test or how long you need to wait in between sessions.

For a better result, we recommend doing more preparation and study before you next take the IELTS test.

Please note that you cannot retake individual components of the test – it must be done again in full.

Why IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test, accepted for study, work and migration.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The test covers the four macro language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

There are two IELTS Test Modules: the Academic Module and the General Training Module.

The IELTS Academic Module is recommended for candidates who need to meet the English language requirements for academic purposes.

The IELTS General Training Module is suitable for candidates who need the IELTS test for non-academic purposes.

IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 10,000 organisations worldwide. In 2017 more than 3 million tests were taken globally. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

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